MacMurray College's Biology Program (pre-health track) can prepare you for dental school, where you would study for a doctorate of dentistry. Through rigorous courses in such disciplines as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology, you are exposed to the knowledge you need to enter the graduate school of your choice.
Undergraduate requirements for dental school are variable, so the choice of courses at MacMurray will depend in part on where you plan to go for graduate school. The faculty advisor will assist you in making these decisions.
The process for application to dental school is similar to that for medical school. Students take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) in the spring of their junior year. Students may find it helpful to take a sculpture or drawing class, since part of the DAT involves perceptual ability. For admission into dental school, applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.50 and score well on the DAT. Dental schools also expect students to have internships or other work experience; these opportunities are available at dental offices or dental practices in the area.
Dentistry routinely ranks among the Top 100 jobs in various polls, and it is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The U.S. government projects that the field will grow by nearly 20 percent in the next decade. A graduate degree in dentistry can prepare you for a variety of more specialized areas, such as oral surgery.
Dentists typically work in a dental office with other dentists as partners or associates. About one out of four dentists own their own practice. The median pay for dentists is more than $150,000 per year.