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OHSU Dental (Pre-professional)

Oregon Health & Science University
Dental (pre-professional)
Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine

Required Courses:

University Requirement RCC Equivalency Credits
One year of General Biology
w/ lab. 
BI 211, 212, 213 - General Biology I, II, III w/lab  12 
One year of General Chemistry w/ lab  CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry I, II, III w/lab  15 
2 terms Organic Chemistry w/lab  No RCC Equivalency   
1 term Biochemistry w/lab  No RCC Equivalency   
One year of Physics w/lab  Ph 201, 202 & 203 General Physics I, II, III w/lab and recitation  15 
One year of Anatomy & Physiology  BI 231, 232 & 233 Anatomy and Physiology I, II & III w/lab  12 
English Composition  Wr 121, 122 English Composition I & II 
One college-level math course, such as algebra or calculus  Mth 111 College Algebra or Mth 251 Calculus I
NOTE: Calculus is recommended 

Recommended Courses:

University Requirement RCC Equivalent Credits
Courses in Humanities and fine arts such as sculpture and 3-D drawing  Choose courses from the Humanities Department including: Art, Humanities, English Literature, Foreign Languages, Philosophy   
Courses in social and behavioral sciences are recommended  Choose courses in Sociology and Psychology   
Additional science courses such as microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, histology and neuroscience are highly recommended.  No RCC Equivalency. Take courses at university   


  1. Pre-Dental students are strongly encouraged to meet with RCC Science faculty to develop an effective transfer plan early in their academic career.  Community College Limitations: It is recommended that a student attend no more than one year at a community college.  Admissions Requirements
  2. All pre-dental courses must be taken for a letter grade. P/NP credit will not fulfill OHSU requirements. OHSU recommends that the majority of science classes be taken at a 4-year college or university with no more than one year at a community college.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Students are not required to complete a bachelor's degree prior to admission to the program. However, it is highly preferred to have a bachelors degree prior to matriculation.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or above in required pre-dental courses is recommended.
  3. Average GPA of admitted students is 3.63 overall. Students should refer to the School of Dentistry website for Characteristics of the entering class.
  4. It is recommended that DAT (Dental Admissions Test) scores be received by School of Dentistry no later than September 1st of the application year.

NOTE: University requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with RCC advisers or counselors and their transfer institution to ensure the accuracy of their academic plan.

Web Sites:
College Website
Major Website

Updated 7/13/17