Dentist performing procedure

About the Pre-Dentistry Program

On Campus

Dentistry is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of problems with a patient’s teeth, gums, and parts of the mouth. Dentists are dedicated to the treatment and prevention of oral diseases and conditions. Studying dentistry is great training for careers in general practice, orthodontics, periodontics, oral or maxillofacial surgery, and oral pathology. Learn more about a dental career.

Program Information Guide

The pre-dentistry program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is designed to be completed alongside a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Dental schools require another 4 years to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Dental schools do not specify which major a student should pursue in their pre-dental studies; however, many students pursue a biology, chemistry, or other related major. Gaining acceptance into a dental school is competitive, and completion of a 4-year degree does not guarantee admission. Smaller class sizes, top faculty, and unique learning opportunities at UNK will prepare you for dental school, and our acceptance rates are exceptional.

Median Pay: $163,220 per year

6% Projected Employment Growth

from 2021 to 2031 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

72% Placement Rate in Clinical Programs and Graduate Schools

Statistic based on cumulative placement data for the last 3 years

Kearney Health Opportunities Program

Kearney Health Opportunities Program

Rural Nebraska students pursuing pre-dentistry may be eligible for the KHOP Program at UNK. Learn more about KHOP

Sarah Sexton

"After practicing dental hygiene in Minden, Neb., for 10 years, I am taking the courses needed to fulfill my prerequisites for dental school at UNK." "I want to expand the scope of my career by pursuing my DDS degree," said Sarah Sexton. "The organic chemistry professors are not only very knowledgeable, but also willing to take the time to help their students one-on-one." Sexton says she was well prepared, especially in organic chemistry, to take the Dental Admission test.

Sarah Sexton

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