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Required courses for professional school

Professional schools are not in total agreement concerning required courses. This is true between different fields (i.e. medicine vs. veterinary) and even within fields (Medical College of Wisconsin vs. University of Wisconsin Madison Medical School).

Therefore, listed below is only a partial list of the minimal requirements for most schools. Be sure to check with the schools that you are interested in for their specific requirements.

Introductory science (SC119 and SC120)
Inorganic chemistry (CH260)
Organic chemistry (CH221 and 322)
Microbiology (BI251)
Additional biology courses (genetics, BI351, cellular biology, BI325, anatomy and physiology, BI231, biochemistry CH/BI328)
Literature (EN210, EN310)
Pre-calculus (MT146)

Early in your academic career consult the web page of the school that you are interested in attending for a list of their required courses, then make an appointment with the pre-professional advisor to see which Alverno courses fit those requirements. This should be done EARLY in your academic career! (You would hate to wait until your senior year to find out that you do not have all the requirements for a particular school.) It is also highly recommended that at the beginning of your junior year you meet with an admissions counselor at one of the professional schools you are most interested in attending to review your academic classes against their academic admissions requirements.

Many schools also have courses that are highly recommended, but not necessarily required.

Dental Admission Test (DAT)

All dental schools require candidates to participate in the Dental Admission Testing (DAT) Program. (This web site provides information on test format, test dates, registration deadlines and other frequently asked questions.)

The DAT is a computer-based exam and is administered on almost any day of the year. The DAT is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. It covers 4 main areas of study; survey of the natural sciences (overview of chemistry and biology) perceptual ability, reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning.

Links to web pages of schools in the area:

Marquette University School of Dentistry:

Professional Organizations:

American Dental Association: