A strong foundation for dental school.
Dental schools give preference to applicants who have a bachelor of arts degree. Augustana’s program is designed to provide a strong foundation in the sciences as well as preparation for dental school and the Dental Admission Test. Augustana graduates gain entry into dental school nearly double the national average, which is below 50%.
To become a good dentist, along with a strong foundation in the sciences you’ll want excellent problem-solving and communication skills, broad learning, and the empathy that comes from being exposed to diverse perspectives.
Your Augustana liberal arts education builds that for you, too. Plus, you’ll have strong connections with mentors, making sure you are on track and have the clinical experience you need to meet your goals.
• Like most of the pre-professional health programs at Augustana (pre-med is the one exception), pre-dentistry is not an actual major. Most students choose a biology major with the pre-dentistry program. The pre-dentistry advising list of courses gives an idea of the path students take.
• Augustana’s pre-dentistry mentoring program helps students find the best clinical placements to familiarize them with dentistry practice and techniques. Pre-dentistry students typically begin their clinical hours in their sophomore year.
• Among the high-tech laboratories in Augustana’s Hanson Hall of Science are individual labs for anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics and human cadaver dissection — a rare opportunity for undergraduates.
• Augustana’s internship program in Sydney, Australia, is popular with pre-dentistry students, who are placed directly into dental offices for their internships. Many students use their Augie Choice $2,000 to help cover expenses.
Lauren Hogan ’19 attends Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wis.
Jack Morkin ’19 attends Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Ill.
Jacob Groselak '15 is a dentist at Groselak Family Dentistry in Lemont, Ill.
Tim Johnson '15 is a dentist at DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions in Alton, Ill.
Maggie Hoscheit '14 is a dentist at Mason, Faith, and Hoscheit DDS in the Chicago area.
Katherine Kasia '12 Staniek is a dentist at Beverly Farms Dental in Beverly Farms, Mass.
“I truly believe I would not have achieved my goal of attending dental school if I had not transferred to Augustana.”Read More
“My advisor, Dr. Jason Koontz, has done so much to help me prepare for dental school.”Read More