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Augustana's pre-dentistry program is designed to provide a strong foundation in the sciences as well as preparation for dental school and the Dental Admission Test (DAT).


Careers and internships

Augustana graduates gain entry into dental school at a much higher rate than the national average, which is below 50%. In 2017, 100% of Augustana’s pre-dentistry students were accepted into dental school. 

Most Augustana graduates attend dental school at Southern Illinois University, Midwestern University-Illinois and University of Illinois at Chicago. Other schools graduates have attended include Creighton University, Indiana University, Marquette University, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Oregon Health and Science University, University of Iowa, Midwestern University-Arizona and University of Minnesota, among others.

Students can get academic credit for internships. The internship program in Sydney, Australia, is popular with pre-dentistry students, who are placed directly into dental offices for their internships.

Here is a sampling of what some recent grads are doing:

  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry graduate, now employed at Community Health Care, Inc. Davenport, Iowa
  • Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine graduate, now employed at Sunset Hills Family Dental
  • Dental Resident at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL
  • Dental student at Southern Illinois University Dental School in Carbondale, IL
  • Dental surgery, endodontics student at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  • Master's candidate in Dental Public Health at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry


Dental schools give preference to applicants who are bachelor of arts degree candidates. 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 (DAT).

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.

The 114,000-square-foot Hanson Hall of Science houses the pre-health programs and the departments of biology, chemistry and physics, promoting cross-disciplinary study and research among students and faculty. Special facilities include high-tech individual labs for anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics and human cadaaver dissection, among others. Very few undergraduate students throughout the country have the opportunity to work in a human cadaver lab.

Class sizes are small; even the largest biology classes seldom enroll more than 45 students. Professors teach both the lectures and labs, for continuity and connection between theory and practice.

What students say

Jake Groselak ’15, biology/pre-dentistry; student at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

“Four years ago, I hoped I'd be getting ready to go to dental school. I am, but I'm more prepared than I'd expected. The liberal arts education has helped me develop into a well-rounded individual. Because I've had to take classes in the arts and social sciences, for example, I will be able to more readily discuss a variety of topics with my patients and make informed decisions. More than anything, I believe Augie has prepared me to be a lifelong learner. The professors, faculty, mentors and fellow students gave me all sorts of opportunities to be successful and challenge myself in different ways. Being a part of such a strong pre-health community also has been an extremely valuable experience. I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything!”

Jose A. Rosalez ’15, biology/pre-dentistry, with minors in biochemistry and chemistry; student at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

“Every part of the Augustana experience helped me prepare for dental school. The internships, extracurriculars, science classes-and even the classes not related to my major contributed to how well-rounded I am now. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing the four years of hard work at Augustana paid off.”

Maggie Hoscheit ’14, biology/pre-dentistry, with a minor in biochemistry; student at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine

“The first time I visited, I was overwhelmed by the positivity spread all across campus. From admissions to the athletic department, each person I met had a host of great things to say about the Augustana experience. After learning about the exceptional science department, successful women's soccer program and dense campus environment, it struck me that Augustana is a very special place I used my Augie Choice to supplement an unpaid shadowing internship at Riverside Dentistry in Moline. It was an invaluable experience from which I learned an incredible amount about dentistry, and it made me very confident and excited about my career choice.”