From left, Dr. Lori Scott and biology/pre-dentistry major Alison Kapustka in the biology lab. Kapustka is helping with bacterial research funded by the National Science Foundation. At center, Stephanie Grider working as an intern at Greenwood Dental in Sydney, Australia. At right, biology/pre-dentistry major Bailey Eilering and Dr. Bob Tallitsch review a 3-D Cyber-AnatomyTM image.
- About the program
- What students say
Augustana's dental school placement rate is well above the national average. Over the past five years, 66% of Augustana students were accepted into dental school. The national average rate of acceptance for the Class of 2012 is 45%.
Most Augustana graduates attend dental school at Southern Illinois University, Midwestern University-Illinois and University of Illinois at Chicago. Other schools graduate have attended include Creighton University, Indiana University, University of Iowa, Midwestern University-Arizona and University of Minnesota.
A sampling of what some recent grads are doing:
University of Iowa College of Dentistry, now employed at Community Health Care, Inc. Davenport, Iowa.
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, now employed at Sunset Hills Family Dental.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, dental resident.
Southern Illinois University Dental School, Carbondale.
University of Iowa College of Dentistry, dental surgery, endodontics student.
University of Iowa College of Dentistry, first-year master's candidate in Dental Public Health.
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, with highest numbers around 60 students, and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Professors teach both the lecture and lab portions of their classes, ensuring continuity and connection between theory and practice.
Augustana ranks among the top 60 U.S. liberal arts colleges in the sciences, based on the number of graduates earning Ph.D.s.
John Cairns ‘12, biology major, biochemistry minor; currently attending Southern Illinois University's School of Dental Medicine
"At the end of my major, I was able to integrate everything I had learned from my Augustana experience into a single research project. As a pre-dental student I had the opportunity to follow my passion and research the evolution of mammalian molars, demonstrating my accomplishments in a graduate-level type presentation. This is comparable to the level of work I'll be doing in dental school, so it was extremely beneficial to practice my senior year, with the guidance and critiques of a caring professor.
I used Augie Choice to study abroad in Brazil. It was easily the greatest experience I had in college, and an opportunity of a lifetime. It was amazing to travel with Augustana faculty members who grew up in Brazil, and could share their experience and insight with us throughout the program. I think the experience also really set me apart from other dental school applicants. I'm positive that I wouldn't have been able to study abroad without the Augie Choice money, and I encourage all students to consider studying abroad."
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