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American Dental Association

Dentistry is the branch of the healing arts and sciences devoted to maintaining oral health. It is a dynamic health profession, offering opportunities to become a successful, highly respected member of the community. Approximately 80% of all dentists practice General Dentistry. General dentists treat all patients, adults and children, in many different treatment facilities and settings. Dentists enjoy excellent compensation and the high demand for dental care is likely to continue in the future. The realization that oral health can have a serious impact on systemic health drives the expansion of new professional opportunities each year.

Recent graduates of PennWest Clarion have been accepted to the following dental programs:

Temple University University of Pittsburgh
VA Tech Virginia Commonwealth University


Required Coursework: Semesters
Biology w/Labs 2
General Chemistry w/Labs 2
Organic Chemistry w/Labs 2
Physics w/Labs 2
English 2
Recommended Coursework: 
General Psychology 1
Medical Terminology 1
Biochemistry 1
Ceramics 1
Introduction to Jewelry 1
Anatomy and Physiology 2
Calculus I 1
Public Speaking 1
Micro or Macro Economics 1
Elementary Statistics 1
Program Requirements: 
GPA Minimum:  3.3; Average 3.6
Average DAT 17
Average Job Shadow Hours 75+


Typical Clarion Degree Programs Associated with Pre-Dental Concentration:

While it is required to be awarded a four year undergraduate degree, there is no specific degree associated for any dental program admissions. Therefore, a student may seek any four year degree program as long as they obtained the required coursework listed above. However, below are the most common degree programs associated with a pre-dentistry concentration. Click on the link to view a typical four year plan that schedules the degree as well as the dental program requirements.
BS Biology BS Chemistry
BS Molecular Biology BS Chemistry:  Biochemistry
BA Sociology  BA Psychology
BS Psychology  



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Last Updated 5/26/23