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Dentists deal with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases and disorders, with primary emphasis on the health of teeth and gums. And it doesn't have to stop there. According to the American Dental Association, "today's dental school graduates can choose to work in hospital emergency rooms, conduct advanced laboratory research, teach future dentists or even travel the world with international health and relief organizations."

Dental schools require applicants to satisfactorily complete a specified set of courses and to present acceptable scores on the Dental Admission Test. The majority of entrants earn bachelor's degrees prior to entering dental school.

Contact Adrian Singh, Faculty Advisor in Dentistry.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Although it is not required, most students accepted to dental school have completed a bachelor's degree. Dental schools do not give preference to any particular major; therefore, it is not necessary to major in a science area. Rather, the major should be chosen to provide a career in the event the student is not accepted to dental school. Students considering a science major may wish to pursue an Associate of Science degree while at Tacoma Community College.

Degree Options:
Associate in Arts (PDF) degree (Option B)
Associate of Sciences degree (PDF)

Program Planning

Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. Students should also gain exposure to the dental profession through experience in a dental setting (dentist's office, clinic, etc.) and exploration of the dental literature.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate Degree in Sciences (college transfer).

First Year

CHEM& 161
PHYS 114
MATH& 141
CHEM& 162
PHYS 115
MATH& 142
CHEM& 163
PHYS 116
BIOL& 221

Second Year

BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
Humanities Distribution
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Social Science Distribution
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 263
Humanities or Social Science Distribution
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • PHYS 221, 222 and 223 may replace PHYS 114, 115 and 116.
  • The courses listed here may exceed the requirements of some dental schools.

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