Pre-Professional Health Programs

Pre-Dentistry Program

This site will explain the phases of dental education and what is to be expected at each phase.  An enriching undergraduate experience at Cleveland State University is the first step in your journey to becoming a dentist.

The American Dental Association provides information about dental school admission requirements, the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), a pre-dental timeline, and other useful information. Visit their website and learn more at: Be a Dentist.

Undergraduate Preparation

While there is no required major area of study for Pre-Dentistry, coursework in the sciences is important to success in dental school. Likewise, dentistry is very much a "people profession" and coursework in psychology and the humanities is also very important to an aspiring dental professional. 

Cleveland State Pre-Dentistry students become engaged in learning, research opportunities and scholarly endeavors that come from a variety of disciplines, assuring them the educational maturity and character development that dental schools seek. All U.S. dental schools require applicants to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT).  This test will assess knowledge and reading comprehension skills in the natural sciences (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry), strong perceptual ability, and quantitative reasoning.   A College of Science advisor will assist Pre-Dentistry students in selecting the right combination of dental school prerequisites, general education requirements and career exploration activities.

CSU Alumni Guide to Dental School

In 2016, past alumni, spearheaded by CSU Alumni Mark Biro, put together a guide for Pre-Medical students to learn more about the application process. As an update and expansion, we set out to create a similar work for pre-dental students in 2018. Working with Brittany Wampler in Pre-Professional Health Programs and assisting student intern Randi Myers ('19), the "Every Road is Different: The CSU Students Prospective Guide to Dental School" was created. Thank you to all CSU undergraduate and post baccalaureate alumni for your contributions to the book. Students participating included: 

  • Alicia Irizarry (CSU '14, CWRU Dental '18) 

  • Samira Azeez (CSU Post Bacc, OSU Dental '22) 

  • Sara Fadlalla (CSU Post Bacc, OSU Dental '21)

  • Sarah Easton (CSU '16, CWRU Dental '20)

Please click here to access the guide!

Academic Coursework Beyond the Classroom Suggested Timeline
for Pre-Professional Students