Pre-Dentistry

Mount Mercy’s pre-dentistry program provides students with opportunities to get on the path to becoming vital members of the community, focused on improving the lives of others.

While a majority of dental school graduates go into private practice in general dentistry, the profession offers a wide range of clinical, research, and academic opportunities. As a top career choice, dentists are key members of their communities, often having the privilege and ability to provide dental care to underserved populations.

Start your path today. Students interested in becoming a dentist typically choose between majors in biology and chemistry. Double majors, or combinations of a major and minor, are also possible with a well-planned schedule and steady academic progress.

Student research guided by award-winning faculty in our teaching and research laboratories help students hone their critical thinking skills—the same skills essential for success in all professional programs. Our faculty take pride in supporting students in their academic growth, helping prepare application materials and advise students to help them be successful on the Dental Admission Test.

Students gain experience through community collaboration and club activities, and take coursework that exceeds the requirements for their professional program of choice. Beyond core courses, students are encouraged to study classes unique to their professional interest, including Human Anatomy, General Microbiology and Immunology.

Internship & Experience

Numerous dentists in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area provide ample opportunities for students to job shadow. Students also have ample opportunities to practice classroom knowledge by conducting research alongside faculty mentors. Mount Mercy encourages students to present findings from their scientific research at professional meetings.

Past research performed by students include:

  • Development of “green” chemistry laboratory experiments 
  • Isotopic analysis of late Neolithic-Bronze Age human remains in Spain and Portugal 
  • Efficacy of cancer treatments and diagnoses 
  • Protein interactions in herpes virus 
  • Movements and habitat selection in ornate box turtles 
  • Predictors of test anxiety in undergraduate students •Identification and analysis of novel proteins involved in bacterial cell division 
  • Identification of novel protein interactions to study the molecular mechanisms of glaucoma 
  • Innate response of skin cells to Ebolavirus

Curious about our students’ success?

Our alumni have found success in a variety of fulfilling professions including research, education, and technical and medical fields. Mount Mercy’s individual advising, solid academic curriculum, and proximity to multiple dental clinics have led to acceptance rates well above the national average. Some of the top dental schools that students consider applying to include:'

  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Creighton University School of Dentistry