Pre-Dentistry students participate in the Health Professions Advising Group (HPAG), which is specially designed for students interested in careers in a variety of health fields. A rigorous preparation in the sciences, along with access to clinical experiences and research opportunities, will give you an edge in gaining admission to top-quality graduate programs across the country.
Careers & Outcomes
A license to practice dentistry is required in all 50 states following completion of a doctoral program in dentistry (D.D.S). Admission to dental schools is highly competitive. You should have at least a 3.3 grade point average, spent considerable time shadowing a dental professional, accrued significant volunteer hours, have positive letters of reference and satisfactory-to-excellent scores on the DAT and perceptual ability tests.
Faculty advisors will work with you from your freshman year and every step of the way. They not only help you select appropriate coursework and extracurricular activities, but also work with you to prepare for admissions testing, draft personal statements and develop strategies for professional school interviews.
You are encouraged to complete significant internships with health care professionals in their chosen fields. The Roanoke Valley is a medical hub for Southwest Virginia. Roanoke's rapidly growing medical community, including a new medical school and two major hospital systems, creates tremendous learning opportunities for you. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of high-level research projects at Roanoke.
We offer a pre-professional program in Pre-Dentistry to eligible students of all majors.