Our recent graduates have been accepted by dental schools at institutions such as
the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Southern Illinois University, and
the University of Illinois at Chicago.
At Illinois Wesleyan, students receive premier preparation in the sciences, along
with challenging coursework in the
liberal arts, highly personal instruction from a well-qualified faculty and hands-on
experience with state-of-the-art equipment.
As at most universities, students cannot major in pre-dentistry at Illinois Wesleyan.
Instead, students will major in their primary field of interest, while also working
to complete the courses required by the pre-dentistry program.
Pre-Dentistry at Illinois Wesleyan — Our Advantages
- Top-quality scientific equipment in the labs, including dedicated space for student
- Students can pursue independent research projects under the supervision of Ph.D. professors.
- The Dental Extern Program pairs pre-dental students with a local dentist, orthodontist,
oral surgeon, or other specialist, which provides the opportunity to observe everything
from patient examinations to surgery.
- Students benefit from the assistance and expertise of the Pre-Dental Advisory Committee,
who advise students on the pre-dentistry curriculum and the dental school admissions
Courses Required for Pre-Dentistry
- General Biology
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- General Physics
Courses Recommended for Pre-Dentistry
- Cell Biology
- Biostatistics and Experimental Design
- Molecular Biology/Genetics
Michele Darnell, Biology and Pre-Health Career Advisor
Pre-Dentistry Course Plan
The course plan below outlines the courses students need to successfully complete
prior to taking the DAT (Dental Admissions Test). Your faculty advisor will work with
you to complete each semester's schedule.
Students will major in their primary field of interest, while also working to complete
the courses required by the pre-dentistry program. However, it is highly recommended
that students take as many upper level biology courses as possible. Applicants are
ranked on the total number and number of upper level biology courses completed. Careful
consideration should be given to electives in biology if not pursuing a biology degree.
As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester
towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.
*Only if pursuing a Psychology major.
- Choose one of the following**:
- Choose one of the following**:
**Either Physics sequence (101-102 or 105-106) is acceptable; however, MATH 161 is
required for PHYS 105, and MATH 162 is required for PHYS 106.
For students interested in studying abroad, the fall semester of the third year is
recommended for students who plan to apply to dental school at the end of their junior
year and fall semester junior or senior year for students planning to apply in their
senior year. It is highly recommended that students consult with Dr. Walker as early
as possible if they plan to study abroad.
- The courses listed above must be completed prior to taking the Dental Admissions test
- The DAT is taken during the spring of a student's junior or senior year.
- With the computer version of the DAT, there are many possible dates. Consult a member
of the Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee with any questions.
- Premed Listserv – Students should be told to subscribe to the premed listserv. The
premed committee uses this listserv to disseminate important information throughout
the academic year and summer. Students can subscribe to the list through the MyIWU portal.
- Career Center – The career center has a wealth of information concerning the health