Pre-Dental Studies

The pre-dental studies designation (“pre-dental designation”) is designed for undergraduate students who are planning on pursuing DDS or DMD. Pre-dental designation status is not intended for students enrolled in QU’s entry-level professional track programs. The pre-dental designation is not a stand-alone program and is completed in addition to the student’s undergraduate degree and major. Application to dental school may require coursework outside of a specific major. The pre-dental designation allows students to enroll in and track completion of these core requirements. While the pre-dental designation will cover the majority of standard pre-requisite courses, requirements may vary by dental school. Students are responsible for checking their intended dental programs in advance of the AADSAS application process to determine if additional coursework is required.

Students may enroll in the pre-medical designation after the start of classes by attending one “Pre-Med 101” workshop held by the director of pre-health advising. Undergraduate applicants should indicate their interest in pre-medical studies when applying to QU. This will automatically add you to the director’s email list, whereby you will receive communication regarding Pre-Med 101 offerings prior to and after matriculation.  

To receive the pre-dental studies designation upon graduation, the following are required:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above in required pre-dental designation courses
  2. Minimum of 18 credit hours of pre-dental designation coursework must be completed at Quinnipiac
  3. All coursework for pre-dental designations must be completed on-ground (no online coursework will be accepted)
  4. All attempts for repeated courses will determine GPA elibility (grades will not be "replaced" for repeat courses)
  5. If coursework is completed elsewhere, it must be transferred in as QU credits and listed on the QU transcript.

In addition to strong academic performance, pre-dental designation enrollees must actively pursue experiences and opportunities throughout their undergraduate years to gain exposure to dentistry and patient interaction. A wide range of skills and competencies should be developed through experiences such as:

  • extended exposure to healthcare and dentistry (shadowing, clinical work, volunteering, etc.),
  • research outside of the curriculum,
  • substantial volunteer efforts and community involvement,
  • leadership experiences.

Activities and experiences that develop and exhibit strong manual dexterity skills should also be pursued. Active participation in Pre-Health Advising Office educational workshops, advising, and events is expected.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Quinnipiac University and wish to receive the pre-dental studies designation must complete a minimum of 18 credits of the required designation coursework at Quinnipiac. Grades received for pre-dental designation courses taken at other universities may be utilized for transfer student GPA calculations to determine eligibility. 

Advanced Placement Credits

Many dental schools will not accept AP credits as replacement for prerequisite courses. Some dental schools may accept AP credits provided that the applicant completes advanced level coursework in the same discipline. Students are encouraged to check with the specific AP policies and course requirements of dental schools through the ADEA website and the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.