Pre-Professional Health Programs

Academic Coursework

The following courses are the minimum required by most dental schools and Cleveland State University for successfully completing a bachelor’s degree. There are two dental schools in the state of Ohio, Case School of Dental Medicine and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.  Prerequisite coursework for dental schools varies. The American Dental Association provides information about dental school admission requirements. 

It is highly recommended that you make an appointment with your pre-professional advisor prior to enrolling in any prerequisites for dental school. A pre-professional advisor will review your plans, your progress and discuss future courses of action. Contact the Coordinator of Pre-Professional Medical Programs with questions or to schedule an advising appointment, 216.687.9321.

Cleveland State Undergraduate courses

  • Sciences
    • BIO 200/201 Intro to Biology I with lab
    • BIO 202/203 Intro to Biology II with lab
    • BIO 266/267 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
    • BIO 268/269 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
    • BIO 306 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or CHM 402/403 Biochemistry
    • CHM 261/266 General Chemistry I with lab
    • CHM 262/267 General Chemistry II with lab
    • CHM 331/336 Organic Chemistry I with lab
    • CHM 332/337 Organic Chemistry II with lab
    • PHY 221/231 College Physics I or Physics for Biomedical Applications
    • PHY 222/232 College Physics II or Physics for Biomedical Applications II
  • Required by some dental schools
    • BIO 416/417 Microbiology with lab or BIO 264/264 Microbiology
    • ENG 101/102 English Composition I and II

Before enrolling in Chemistry, a student must meet minimum placement requirements.
Note that each sequence requires two semesters.  General Chemistry is a prerequisite of Organic Chemistry.
Some dental schools do not accept credit for the AP or distance learning/online equivalency of these courses.

For detailed descriptions of these and other courses, refer to the Cleveland State University Undergraduate Catalog.

A Word About Grade Point Average (GPA)

Professional school admissions are competitive and a strong GPA certainly gives you an edge.  GPA requirements are not equal among schools, but one above 3.50, especially in the natural sciences, is highly desired.  Medical schools evaluate your science GPA and your non-science GPA.  GPAs do not signify intelligence, but are a long-term indicator of your performance as a student. Having a strong GPA demonstrates motivation, discipline, and commitment to academic excellence.

Your Cleveland State GPA may very well differ from your professional school application GPA.  You can calculate your GPA, both non-science and BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math) by using this GPA Calculator.

A student is a lot more than just a GPA. On the other hand, it would also be a big mistake to ignore completely the significance of a grade point average. Both low and high grades are earned over a period of time. (And, yes, schools can easily spot when somebody is trying to “pad” their GPA.).

Dental, veterinary, pharmacy and medical schools are looking for intelligent problem-solvers, so don't let a problem transcript stand in your way. Focus on earning good grades one semester at a time.

A Word About Academic Integrity

The rigor of a pre-professional curriculum and the need to achieve high grades can put a lot of pressure on students. If these pressures cause you to consider a compromise of ethics, seek assistance from your pre-professional advisor or a counselor at Cleveland State's Counseling Center. Professional school applications ask you to divulge disciplinary and related violations. Always take the high road and seek help when necessary, so you don't find yourself in an irrevocable position.