Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018


Admission requirements differ slightly from one dental school to another. For this reason, students should contact the dental school(s) of their choice early in their Hendrix career. Arkansas has no dental school, but several schools will accept a certain number of students from Arkansas at tuition rates that are partially subsidized by the state of Arkansas. These institutions include Harvard University, Emory University, University of Tennessee at Memphis, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Louisiana State University, University of Iowa, University of Louisville, Baylor University, and Loma Linda University.

The admission requirements for dental school generally bear a strong resemblance to those for medical school. Students who initially follow a pre-med track will be well-positioned to fine-tune the junior and senior years of their programs for dental school admission. Most of our graduates who enroll in dental school attend the University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis, so their recent requirements are presented as an example (students are advised to check the school’s website for most updated information):

  • English Composition: 2 courses
    • Writing
    • Rhetoric
    • Courses from the Introduction to Literary Studies group
    • Courses from the Advanced Studies in Literature group may also qualify

  • Biology (General): 2 courses with labs
    • Cell Biology
    • Botany or Zoology or Genetics

  • Chemistry: 5 courses
    • General Chemistry I and II
    • Organic Chemistry I and II
    • Biological Chemistry

  • Physics: 2 courses
    • General Physics I and II (algebra-based, calculus-based, or workshop)
  • Other Biology: one from this list
    • Histology (not offered at Hendrix)
    • Microbiology
    • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  • Science electives may be chosen from:
    • Genetics
    • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    • Developmental Biology
    • Advanced Cell Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Animal Physiology
    • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
    • or courses in Histology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology
  • Non-science electives may be chosen from:
    •   Philosophy, Psychology, Business Administration, Economics, Public Speaking, Computer Science, and courses in the social sciences.