Students interested in dentistry most often major in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or neuroscience. At Westminster College they typically prepare for professional school by taking two semesters of biology; two semesters of inorganic chemistry; two semesters of organic chemistry; two semesters of physics; two semesters of English (one course each in writing and literature); and one semester of mathematics. Students are also expected to pursue opportunities in important experiential activities, such as career shadowing, internships, and research collaboration.
A special articulation agreement with Case Western Reserve University allows students to spend three years at Westminster in a traditional liberal arts program, then four years at the Case School of Dental Medicine, earning both the B.S. and D.M.D degrees in seven years instead of the typical eight. To participate in this program, students must be accepted to both Case Western and Westminster College in their senior year of high school.
Another articulation program permits qualified students who complete the four year Westminster degree to be directly admitted to the D.M.D. degree program at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. Students apply to the eight-year WC-LECOM Dental Affiliation program either as a high school senior, or at any time before the completion of their second year at Westminster.
For more information on pre-dental studies, including details of the Case and LECOM articulations, contact Dr. Marosh Furimsky, Chair of Westminster College’s Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MedPAC).