Oral health is directly tied to overall health and fitness—as a dentist, you can play a role in patients’ general well-being. Central College students succeed in securing acceptance into dental schools with help from an on-campus pre-health adviser, internship coordinator and academic advisers to ensure that you complete the required courses, maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher and take advantage of many opportunities for professional development.
Although requirements vary at dental schools, a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education is considered excellent preparation. Central’s pre-dentistry program prepares you to pursue dental education in graduate school. With the help of your adviser, you will choose a major that best prepares you for further study.
Students can choose to major in any discipline that fits their personal and professional life goals. Regardless of major choice, students are required to successfully complete a series of courses in biology, chemistry, physics and English. Students must also complete the Dental Admission Test exam.
The Central College Career Center provides the following activities to help pre-health students narrow career options: individual appointments to identify career options in the health field, job shadowing opportunities with local professionals or Central alumni, assistance with finding and applying for internships and summer opportunities, help with graduate school applications and much more.
Russ Benedict, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Biology, interest areas include: interest areas include prairie ecology and restoration, conservation biology, natural history and Mammalogy
Cathy Haustein, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry instrumental analysis, the extraction of alkaloids from natural products, fluorescence spectroscopy and fiction writing
Jim Shriver, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: synthetic organic chemistry, molecular engineering and design, supramolecular chemistry and anion binding
Thanks to Central's small class and laboratory sizes, faculty are able to provide each student with individualized attention and the opportunity to develop skills necessary for graduate school. Our faculty members also provide personalized advising that ensures students meet the coursework requirements for graduate school. And to help you get into graduate school, faculty provide letters of recommendation that make a vital difference in the decision process for acceptance into medical programs.
Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.
Central faculty provide students with many research and professional development opportunities, of which students are encouraged to take full advantage while on campus including undergraduate research and presentations at scientific meetings, internships, shadowing programs, targeted service-learning opportunities related to career goals and much more.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago or Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.