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Pre-Dental Courses

For those interested in gaining insight on the dental profession, the college offers two Pre-dental experiences. 

Pre-Dental Day Course

Our annual Pre-Dental Day is the result of collaborative efforts between Oklahoma ASDA and OU College of Dentistry’s admissions. The purpose of Pre-Dental Day is to expose pre-dentals to the current field of dentistry/dental education and to prepare potential applicants for the application cycle. Registration will be geared towards college juniors, seniors, and graduates who are ready for the application process.

Planned morning sessions include opening remarks by Admissions, updates to dental school education and OUCOD clinic structure, and opportunities in dental school research. 

Afternoon sessions will be primarily led by dental student volunteers with rotating group activities including: mock student interviews, personal statement workshops, an ethical case study discussion and college tours/small group student panels moderated by current dental students.

 To register, click here.

Pre-Dental Clinical Simulation Course 

This course has been designed for pre-dental students to gain insight and a hands-on approach to learning about what the clinical portion of dental school entails. More importantly it is an opportunity to begin to develop the hand skills that are necessary to succeed. It is an opportunity to find out "if dentistry is for you."

This course will reveal the art and science behind dentistry. Students that complete this course will have a better idea of what it takes to be a dental student, gain confidence, and become a more competitive applicant.

Students attending the Pre-Dental Clinical Simulation Course will have the opportunity to learn the following in a state-of-the-art pre-clinical simulation lab:

  • Use various dental instruments.
  • Use waxing instruments to wax teeth to proper form and function.
  • Use a high speed handpiece to prepare class cavity preparations.
  • Restore cavity preparations with amalgam.
  • Restore cavity preparations with composite.
  • Take impressions of typodonts and pour them in stone.
  • Develop hand skills and a working knowledge of clinical dentistry.
  • Take part in a presentation given by the OU COD admissions office.
  • Have access to current dental students attending OU COD for a Q&A session.
  • Take a practical and written examination for certification of attendance.


Course Schedule:

7:30 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast (provided)
8 a.m. - Intro. to ASDA / Lecture: Tooth Morphology, Impressions and Cavity Preps/Insertions
9 a.m. - Lab Exercises - Building teeth in wax / Taking and pouring impressions
11:20 a.m. - Admissions Update with Dr. Kevin Haney, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Administration, and Heidi martin, Student Program Coordinator
Noon - Q&A with Student Panel and Lunch (provided)
1 p.m. - Lab Exercises (Students rotate through five stations, 20 minutes each)

- Station 1: Pouring impressions in stone
- Station 2: Cavity Preparations
- Station 3: Cavity Insertions - Composite
- Station 4: Cavity Insertions - Amalgam
- Station 5: Tour of Dental School
3 p.m. - Wrap Up and Final Remarks
3:15 p.m. - Group Photo

Schedule Subject to change.

Course FAQ:

What should I wear?
Scrubs or business casual attire. You will be in the lab, and it can get messy!

Do I need to bring anything?
Bring pen and paper if you wish to take notes.
Cash/check if you have signed up to pay the remaining fee for your national ASDA membership.

Where do I park?
The OU College of Dentistry is located on the west side of Stonewall Ave, between 10th Street and 13th Street (1201 North Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73117)
Free parking will be available in the Stonewall Parking Garage, located directly across the street from the dental school on the east side of Stonewall Ave, just south of 13th Street.

The Pre-Dental Simulation Course will begin at 7:30 AM with a Meet & Greet breakfast in the Commons on the 1st floor. It is immediately to the left once you walk in through the revolving doors. Our committee members will be present to guide you in the right direction.