Pre-Dental Advantage Programs

Pacific offers three admission pathways for first-year students completing the Pre-Dental Advantage Program, all of which:

  • Allow you to earn an undergraduate degree, in some cases on an accelerated timeline
  • Upon completion, guarantee an interview for our Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree program

In order to receive an admission interview for the School of Dentistry in San Francisco after spending two years in the College of the Pacific (COP) in Stockton, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Although you will be assigned to a freshman faculty advisor during New Student Orientation, you must select a pre-dental advisor and complete the appropriate change-of-advisor form by October of your first year. This form is available in the Dean's Office at COP.
  • During your two years in COP, you must complete the University's General Education Program and pass the mathematics, reading and writing proficiency tests required of all entering students. When you apply to the Dugoni School of Dentistry, several grade-point averages (GPAs) will be calculated. Each The following GPAs are considered, and each must be 3.25 or higher: Overall GPA (all coursework); Pacific GPA (all coursework at Pacific); science GPA (all biology, chemistry and physics); and Pacific science GPA (all biology, chemistry and physics courses taken at Pacific). Furthermore, you must complete at least 64 semester units of credit during these two years.
  • While in COP, you must complete the following School of Dentistry admission requirements: One year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, three semesters of biological science, one year of general physics, as well as Pacific Seminars 1 and 2.
  • During your first year, you must complete Biology 51 and 61, Chemistry 25 and 27, Pacific Seminars 1 and 2, and at least one other general education course per term. Please take a copy of this letter with you when you meet with your freshman faculty advisor to register for courses during New Student Orientation.
  • You must take the American Dental Association (ADA) Dental Admission Test (DAT) by Sept. 1 of your sophomore year and earn a score of 18 or above on all scales. 
  • You must complete all School of Dentistry application requirements that include:
    • Completing an American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) application by Sept. 1 of your sophomore year
    • Submitting letters of evaluation from at least three science faculty members, including your pre-dental advisor, or two science faculty members (including your pre-dental advisor) and a practicing dentist whom you have shadowed
    • Successfully complete an interview with faculty at the School of Dentistry
    • Submit the $75 nonrefundable application fee

CURRICULUM

Typical curriculum for the two-year undergraduate portion of the 2+3 accelerated pre-dental program. Successful completion of this or an alternate program determined by your advisor with at least a 3.25 GPA (no grade lower than a C-) along with earning scores of 18 or higher on all sections of the American Dental Association (ADA) Dental Admission Test (DAT) will guarantee an admission interview with University of the Pacific's School of Dentistry.

First-Year Fall

  1. BIOL 51 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 25 - General Chemistry
  3. Pacific Seminar I
  4. General Education Course (one course per Category 1A, 1B, 1C, 2C or 3B)

First-Year Spring

  1. BIOL 61 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 27 - General Chemistry
  3. Pacific Seminar II
  4. General Education Course (one course per Category 1A, 1B, 1C, 2C or 3B)

(Most students take Organic Chemistry in the summer while studying for the DAT)

Second-Year Fall

  1. CHEM 121 - Organic Chemistry
  2. PHYS 23 - General Physics
  3. Biology Elective
  4. General Education Course (one course per Category 1A, 1B, 1C, 2C or 3B)

Second-Year Spring

  1. CHEM 123 - Organic Chemistry
  2. PHYS 25 - General Physics
  3. General Education Course (one course per Category 1A, 1B, 1C, 2C or 3B)
  4. General Education Course (one course per Category 1A, 1B, 1C, 2C or 3B)

General Education Categories for the 2+3 program only:

  • 1A. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
  • 1B. Society and Culture in the United States
  • 1C. Society and Culture Outside the United States
  • 2A. Literature, Letters and Language (fulfilled by Pacific Seminar I for Pre-Dental 2+3 students only since no bachelor's degree will be earned)
  • 2B. Fundamental Human Concerns (fulfilled by Pacific Seminar II for Pre-Dental 2+3 students only since no bachelor's degree will be earned)
  • 2C. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • 3A. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences (fulfilled by lab science)
  • 3B. Formal Systems of Thought
  • 3C. Science, Technology and Society (fulfilled by lab science)

In order to earn a baccalaureate degree from College of the Pacific (COP) and receive an interview for the School of Dentistry, you must meet the following general program requirements:

  • Although you will be assigned to a first-year faculty advisor during New Student Orientation, you must select a pre-dental advisor and complete the appropriate change-of-advisor form by October of your first year. This form is available in the Dean's Office at the College of the Pacific (COP).
  • During your three years at COP, you must complete a major and all other COP graduation requirements, except for the total units required for graduation. These requirements include the College's 42-unit General Education Program and the quantitative and basic reading and writing skills requirements. When you apply to the Dugoni School of Dentistry, several grade-point averages (GPAs) will be calculated. Each of the following GPAs are considered, and each must be 3.15 or higher: Overall GPA (all coursework), Pacific GPA (all coursework at Pacific), science GPA (all biology, chemistry and physics), and Pacific science GPA (all biology, chemistry and physics courses taken at Pacific). Furthermore, you must complete a minimum of 100 semester units.
  • While in COP, you must complete the following School of Dentistry admission requirements: One year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, four semesters of biological science, one year of physics, as well as Pacific Seminars 1, 2 and 3.
  • During your first year, you must complete Biology 51 and 61, Chemistry 25 and 27, Pacific Seminars 1 and 2, and at least one other general education course per term. Please take a copy of this letter with you when you meet with your first-year faculty advisor to register for courses during New Student Orientation.
  • You must take the American Dental Association (ADA) Dental Admission Test (DAT) by Sept. 1 of your junior year and earn a score of 18 or above on all scales. 
  • You must complete all School of Dentistry application requirements, which include:
    • Completing an American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) application by Sept. 1 of your junior year
    • Submitting letters of evaluation from at least three science faculty members (including your pre-dental advisor), or two science faculty members (including your pre-dental advisor) and a practicing dentist whom you have shadowed
    • Successfully complete an interview with faculty at the School of Dentistry
    • Submit the $75 nonrefundable application fee

In order to earn a baccalaureate degree from College of the Pacific (COP) and receive an admission interview for the School of Dentistry, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Although you will be assigned to a first-year faculty advisor during New Student Orientation, you must select a pre-dental advisor and complete the appropriate change-of-advisor form by October of your first year. This form is available in the Dean's Office at COP.
  • During your four years at COP, you must complete a major and all other COP graduation requirements (124 units). These requirements include the College's 42-unit General Education Program and the quantitative and basic reading and writing skills requirements. When you apply to the Dugoni School of Dentistry, several grade-point averages (GPAs) will be calculated. Each of the following GPAs are considered, and each must be 3.05 or higher: Overall GPA (all coursework), Pacific GPA (all coursework at Pacific), science GPA (all biology, chemistry and physics), and Pacific science GPA (all biology, chemistry and physics courses taken at Pacific). Furthermore, you must complete a minimum of 100 semester units.
  • While in COP, you must complete the following School of Dentistry admission requirements: One year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, four semesters of biological science, one year of physics, as well as Pacific Seminars 1, 2 and 3.
  • During your first year, you must complete Biology 51 and 61, Chemistry 25 and 27, Pacific Seminars 1 and 2, and at least one other general education course per term. Please take a copy of this letter with you when you meet with your first-year faculty advisor to register for courses during New Student Orientation.
  • You must take the American Dental Association (ADA) Dental Admission Test (DAT) by Sept. 1 of your senior year and earn a score of 18 or above on all scales. 
  • You must complete all School of Dentistry application requirements, which include:
    • Completing an American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) application by Sept. 1 of your senior year
    • Submitting letters of evaluation from at least three science faculty members (including your pre-dental advisor), or two science faculty members (including your pre-dental advisor) and a practicing dentist whom you have shadowed
    • Successfully complete an interview with faculty at the School of Dentistry
    • Submit the $75 nonrefundable application fee

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Pre-Dental Advantage Program requirements include taking courses in sequence at Pacific, minimum GPAs and a formal interview for the School of Dentistry (which includes a writing sample).
  • To advance into our Doctor of Dental Surgery Program, our Pre-Dental Advantage Program students must have a University minimum GPA 3.25 depending on which track you are on.

ADMISSION & DEADLINES

MORE INFORMATION

  • All applicants are encouraged, and admitted students are required, to carefully read and agree to the Technical Standards of the Dugoni School. It is also highly recommended that all applicants review the Dental Board of California license requirements.
  • A note for undergraduate transfer students: There is no formal pre-dental advantage program available to a student who transfers to Pacific. We have excellent undergraduate programs to which transfers are welcome to apply, but once here, these students will compete with those applying from other institutions for space in the Doctor of Dental Surgery of program.