Sep 27, 2023  
2019-2020 General Catalog 


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Person IconBiology Faculty Advisor
Jonathan Karpel – SCA 201 – (435) 586-1928
Advisor IconCOSE Student Success Advisors
Person IconPhysical Science Faculty Advisor
J. Ty Redd – SC 309 – (435) 586-7904
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Overview of Program

Our programs provide the curriculum, support, and guidance to ensure that students interested in Pre-Health Science careers are well positioned for acceptance into their chosen post-baccalaureate healthcare programs. Many of our students have gained admission to top schools by completing the required prerequisites while pursuing their chosen undergraduate degrees at SUU. The Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering academic and faculty advisors work closely with students to chart the ideal academic program for their success.

Something to Consider

Many students either find themselves waiting a year for graduate/professional school acceptance, or recognize that a graduate-level credential would improve their career preparation. The MBA program in the SUU Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business welcomes applicants with undergraduate degrees in any program. There are admission requirements, but they are minimal and relatively low cost. Please contact Ken Hall, MBA Program Director, at (602) 616-2308, or Miranda Gubler, the Online and Graduate Coordinator for the School of Business, at (435) 586-5462.

Pre-Dentistry Requirements

The following courses are typically needed for entrance into dental school:

Biochemistry (One Year)

Additional Requirements

Hypothesis-based undergraduate research involvement is highly recommended before applying to post-graduate programs. In addition to these courses, many dental schools require biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, three semesters of math, one year of English composition, and recommend coursework in social sciences, business, foreign language, and art, especially sculpture. Some schools require dentist shadowing. No majors are specified. A four-year baccalaureate degree is not required and students may apply for admission as soon as they have completed the required courses.

The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required of all applicants to dental school. The test is offered in the spring, summer, and fall of each year and scores are submitted with applications in the summer or fall of the year prior to planned entrance to dental school. Most dental schools require applications compiled through the American Association of Dental Schools Admissions Service (AADSAS). For AADSAS material inquire of the advisor.

The state of Utah participates with Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in a cooperative dental school program with tuition support. Students must be admitted to Creighton University in the usual manner, then apply for support under the cooperative program. Information about this program is available through the advisor.

All students interested in careers in dentistry are strongly urged to consult the advisor before selecting courses every semester.

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