The curriculum required for entrance into dental school is identical to that required for medical school. Acceptance to dental school tends to be slightly less competitive than acceptance to medical school.
The process for application to dental school is similar to that for medical school. Students take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) in the spring of their junior year. The DAT is somewhat different in context from the MCAT, or Medical College Admission Test. Although test-takers are no longer asked to carve a block of chalk as a measurement of manual dexterity, there is a series of questions that measure visual perception (mirror images, picking out an item that is different from others in its set, etc.).
MacMurray College's biology major (Health track) insures a solid preparation in the sciences. Beginning in the freshman year, students benefit from constant contact with faculty members in biology and chemistry who have had years of experience teaching and advising students headed for Health Care professions.