PreDentistry Professional Program Students must declare a primary major

Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both primary major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta and should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements
    • Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PreDentistry Concentration, listed below.
    • Students are encouraged to declare their intended PreHealth Profession for effective prehealth advisement.

Pre-Dentistry Concentration

The PreDentistry Concentration coursework will provide a strong foundation for DAT preparation and satisfy the course requirements for admission at most American dental schools.

  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required.
  • Students should review information regarding the dental schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarding recommended electives.

Students must consult the SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance

Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Required Coursework
TOTAL: 53-54 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331 (and 332 by advisement) or 330 (by advisement)* 20 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selection 3 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I and II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223, 224 (173, 174) or STAT 101 7-8 sh

*NOTE: Most Dental schools require only one semester of Biochemistry as a prerequisite, though the 2-course sequence provides foundational knowledge for DAT preparation.

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the DAT and applying to Dental School the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year", or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter dental school and what primary major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-professional students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning professional school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests.

BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh other course or Gen Ed 3-4 sh


BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh LITR selec 3 sh
MATH 223 (173) (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 224 (174) (Calculus II) *as advised or other 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh


CHEM 331 or CHEM 330 4 sh CHEM 332 (if 331 is completed) 4 sh
PHYS 103 or 203 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 4-8 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 4-8 sh


YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
electives as advised 3-6 sh electives as advised 3-6 sh
immersion experience 3-6 sh immersion experience 3-6 sh
upper division courses or research 6-9 sh upper division courses or research 6-9 sh


Applying to Dental School

Application to dental school is made through the centralized application AADSAS.

Entrance Exams

Preparation for the DAT should begin once students choose the Dental career path.

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

Students desiring a Committee Recommendation Letter for their Dental School applications should plan to request a committee interview in the spring semester prior to application to medical school or the spring semester prior to graduation from SUNY Oneonta.

The following requirements have been established to be eligible for HPAC internviews & letters:

  • Notification of intent must be submitted to the HPAC Chair by January 30, 2018, to inlcude:
    • names of individuals completing HPAC evaluation form (3-5 persons)
    • class standing (Student must be of junior or senior standing)
    • GPA (Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)
  • The following documents must be received via email by the HPAC Chair no later than 5:00pm on March 30, 2018
    1. Personal Essay
    2. CV (resume)
    3. HPAC evaluation form from 3-5 references


PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator.


last update 4 October 2017 (TLL Webmaster)