Biomedical Sciences Pre-Dental Enhancement Program

Director: Judith Maloney, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Biomedical Sciences website

In partnership with the Marquette University School of Dentistry, the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences offers a pre-dental enhancement program.

This non-degree program is designed to help students build a more competitive dental school application in 12 months. The program is for students who already have a significant scientific background but seek to strengthen their academic resumes by taking an intensive pre-dental curriculum that includes graduate- and professional-level biomedical course work and exposure to the dental field.

This is a unique opportunity, which not only enhances academic credentials, but also emphasizes the growing public health concerns within the field of dentistry and includes service learning experiences, as well as community health-oriented courses. The program not only brings together the academic and clinical strengths of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Dentistry, but also educates students about social justice issues in health care and dental health disparities.

Therefore, this program both prepares future health professionals and develops men and women for others who can champion social change in health care.

The program is an intensive, 12-month curriculum with an emphasis on courses that strengthen a student’s academic skills and knowledge of the dental health profession, such that they are well positioned for success in dental school.

The exposure to public health related courses and the service learning experiences are designed to increase students’ awareness and understanding of the challenges and values of diverse and under-served populations. These opportunities are aligned with the increasing involvement of dental schools, including the Marquette University School of Dentistry, in public health dentistry.

  • Participation in an intensive pre-dental curriculum that includes graduate- and professional-level biomedical course work and immersion in the dental field through the Marquette University School of Dentistry.

  • Personal pre-dental advising that focuses on student success, career advising, assistance with the dental school application process and interview techniques.

  • Opportunities for students who meet program standards to receive interviews with the Marquette University School of Dentistry with the possibility for entry upon completion of the program without an additional gap year.

Program Qualifications

A qualified applicant to our Biomedical Sciences Pre-Dental (BMPD) enhancement program would already meet minimum qualifications to apply to dental school but needs to strengthen their academic preparation.


  1. Completion of all prerequisite course work for dental school admission.

  2. Obtained competitive scores on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) (typically a score of 17 or higher, academic average and all subscores, achieved prior to the start of the program).

  3. Have an academic background that is enriched by and not redundant with the program’s curriculum.

  4. Have a minimum GPA of 2.750 (based on performance in all undergraduate and post-graduate courses). An applicant with a lower GPA, but who is a strong candidate based on a holistic review of the application, may be considered for admission on probation status.  

Application requirements include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; DAT scores (may be copies that were sent to you); and 3 letters of recommendation. An applicant may request to have application reviewed without DAT scores, but if accepted, a student must have a competitive DAT score by the start of the program.

As an enhancement program, students in the BMPD do not qualify for financial aid. Financial assistance may be available for selected applicants from under-represented backgrounds.