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Pre-Dentistry Advising

Pre-dentistry advising spans all the years of a student's Whitworth education. Explore your career interests, receive personalized guidance, and gain skills and experience outside of the classroom that will prepare you to be a competitive applicant for dental school and a compassionate future practitioner.

Why pursue pre-dentistry advising at Whitworth?

  • Find your calling. Vocational discernment is interwoven into all aspects of pre-dentistry advising, from mentoring to seminars to guest speaker events.
  • Form connections with professors and advisors who want to see you succeed and will support you every step of the way. Our advisors even continue to assist students after their Whitworth graduation, particularly as they prepare their dental school applications.
  • Take a specialized seminar course that will help you explore career paths.
  • Gain experience working with individuals who are different from you. Enroll in a study abroad program that includes a medical internship, or join a student-run club like En Christo that serves low-income residents in Spokane. You will develop important perspectives you can apply toward a career in which you'll be working with patients from all walks of life.
  • Build leadership skills that will strengthen your résumé. At Whitworth, you will have many opportunities to develop into a capable and caring leader, whether by volunteering for a worthwhile cause, getting involved with student government or residence life, or serving as a teaching assistant.
  • Develop transferable skills that will make you more effective in your future dental career and in all areas of life. A Whitworth liberal arts education will prepare you to think critically and communicate clearly.
  • Create camaraderie with your peers through the Pre-Med Club, which offers fun activities like ice cream socials, barbecues and frequent guest speakers.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our pre-dentistry advising grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our graduates are working as dentists in private offices and community clinics across the country.

Recent job placements include:

  • Austin May, dentist and owner, Sleep Dentistry of Spokane, Spokane
  • Meghan Bristlin, associate dentist, LC Smiles Dentistry, Lewiston, Idaho
  • Katie Vogel, dentist, International Community Health Services, Bellevue, Wash.
  • Amy Winter, associate dentist, Harbor Square Dental, Edmonds, Wash.

Our recent pre-dentistry advising graduates further their studies in top dental programs at institutions including:

  • University of Washington
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Midwestern University (Arizona)
  • Creighton University
  • University of Southern California
  • Oregon Health & Science University

Ask our pre-dentistry faculty advisor

Ask Professor Stevens

Professor Karen Stevens teaches in the chemistry department and advises students pursuing pre-dentistry and pre-medicine.

What related majors can I explore?

You may be surprised to learn you can choose any major as a pre-dentistry student. While it's more common to choose a major in the sciences, dental school applicants can also choose majors in the humanities like history, English and theology, and complete a significant number of credits in the sciences.

The most typical majors chosen by pre-dentistry students include: