Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Health Care; 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, and 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 health care professions.


The median annual pay for dentists in 2019 was $159,200.


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) 

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.

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.