Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Sciences; Pre-Dentistry; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Pre-Dental Program Concentration Overview

Prepare for a career in dentistry and fulfill your pre-dental requirements with the Pre-Dental program concentration at the University of Mary.

The Pre-Dental concentration provides a strong background in biology and the sciences, as well as opportunities to participate in research seminars, training, and other experiences that will help prepare you for dental school and beyond. The 10-course Pre-Dental program concentration can be added to any major as you pursue your bachelor’s degree at the University of Mary.

Pre-Dental Concentration: Program Highlights

  1. Affordable education

    Complete your pre-dental requirements for dental school while earning your bachelor’s degree at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.

  2. Caring and experienced faculty

    Work closely with caring and experienced faculty who bring real-world expertise to their classes.

  3. Leadership and service opportunities

    Take part in diverse leadership and service activities offered through the University of Mary while learning an environment grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

Why be a dentist?

Dentists are doctors who specialize in oral health. In addition to making more attractive smiles, dentists play an important role in our overall health. Read on for some of the top reasons to consider a career in dentistry:


Private practice dentists set their own hours and are generally not affected by managed care and reductions in federal funding that have affected other healthcare professions.


The average net income for dentists has doubled in the last decade and is in the highest 5% of U.S. family incomes.


Dentistry is a dynamic profession that offers a wide range of career opportunities in clinical practice, research, and academics. The demand for dental care will continue to be strong into the future.

(Source: ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools) 

Applying for Dental School

Generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school is required to become a general dentist. Dentists are typically able to enter practice upon completion of the four years of dental school. Additional post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist.

Dental schools do not give preference to any particular majors, so choose a bachelor’s degree program that you enjoy and are interested in. As entrance exam requirements vary, be sure to contact the dental school you wish to attend to assure that you have completed all of the prerequisite classes to meet your dental program requirements. You can find more information about careers in dentistry at the American Dental Education Association website.

Other Pre-Professional Program Concentrations

At the University of Mary, you can pursue your bachelor’s degree at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as via convenient online and evening classes. In addition to the Pre-Dental concentration, here are the other pre-professional concentrations that can be added to your undergraduate program at Mary:

The Pre-Dental program concentration at the University of Mary requires the following courses:

Concentration in Pre-Health Care Areas:

  • BIO 103, 106, 311
  • CHE 111, 112, 217, 318
  • MAT 103 (or higher)
  • PHY 203, 304

These courses are strongly recommended:

  • BIO 207, 208
  • CHE 310
  • ENG 302

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