In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to help you on your path to becoming a dentist.
About the Pre-Dental Program
As a dentist, you’ll play a critical role in detection of diseases in the mouth and help patients maintain the health of their teeth, gums, and other tissues of the oral cavity. Like general medicine, the field of dentistry also consists of different specialities in addition to general dentistry - orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery, to name a few. Many consider dentistry to be an art as much as a science. To master your technique, you'll need an aesthetic eye with meticulous attention to detail, and good dexterity to work in small spaces.
Most students need a bachelor's degree before entering dental school in order to earn a doctoral degree in dentistry (DDS or DDM). Wayne State's pre-dental program can provide you the knowledge and bachelor's degree necessary to continue your studies. While requirements for admission to medical schools vary, we typically recommend students follow the biology, chemistry, or health sciences degree tracks. The pre-dental program at WSC will help you develop a good core in the sciences, including anatomy and physiology, biological systems and structures, as well as some chemistry and physics.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: This program is set up so you can receive your B.A. or B.S. from Wayne State, then be ready to move on to graduate work in dental school.
Suggested courses of study at WSC: Biology
For major: 42-56, plus one year of clinical experience
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120
Department: Life Sciences
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the pre-dental program.
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Introductory zoology
- Evolutionary processes
- Biological systems and structures
- Experimental plant science
- Molecular genetics
- Cellular biology
- General chemistry and physics
- Research, data collection, and analysis
- Modern lab techniques
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Pediatric dentist
- Oral surgeon
- Dental researcher
- Dental supply rep
- Dental health educator
- Program director
- Dental clinics
- Orthodontist clinics
- Hospitals and medical clinics
- Community clinics
- University clinics
- Health departments
- Government / federal agencies
- Non-profit organizations
- Dental supply companies
- Dental publications
Pre-Denistry and Life Sciences Faculty
Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the pre-dentistry program.
Robert McCue, Ph.D.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the pre-dentistry program by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.
Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.
- Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and present your findings at regional conferences, help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Junior Academy of Science Fairs, visit area science labs.
- Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Internships are not required for the pre-dentistry program at Wayne State College, as this is typically completed in professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.