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Pre-Professional Pathway

Pre-Dental Program

Through our pre-dental pathway, you'll prepare for dental school with the help of faculty mentors and career advisors.

Program Overview

On the front line of medical care, dentists play a crucial role in preventing disease and promoting wellness. They specialize in keeping teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth healthy; educate patients on proper oral care; and use breakthrough technology to diagnose and treat oral issues.

The path to becoming a dentist begins with a pre-dental pathway. At Widener, this means choosing from more than 10 majors, ranging from biology and chemistry to mathematics and digital media informatics. No matter which path you choose, you'll work in advanced research facilities, partner with faculty mentors, and shadow local dental professionals. As you complete your pathway, you'll gain the foundational skills you need to take the next step in your journey: entering dental school.

With support from your health professions advisor, you'll leave Widener ready for a powerful dental education. It all starts here

The Widener Medical Scholars Program is designed to attract broadly-educated candidates who are interested in entering the practice of medicine.

Selected students participate in an immersive, hospital-affiliated, medical school-like experience that involves shadowing physicians at Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC), located a few blocks from Widener University. The CCMC affords you the opportunity to explore the clinical areas of pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine in-depth while you are at Widener during the summer.

Following the shadowing rotations, Widener Medical Scholars remain on campus and complete a research project with a Widener faculty member and present their results at the Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (SURCA) Symposium. The Widener Medical Scholars Program prepares students to be competitive applicants to medical schools in the Philadelphia area and beyond.


No more than eight (8) Widener Medical Scholars are admitted each year. To qualify for the program as a high school senior, you must satisfy Widener University admissions criteria, select an academic major in which to pursue your pre-medical preparation, and submit a Supplemental Widener Medical Scholars Application by January 15 of your senior year. The Supplemental Widener Medical Scholars Application includes a 750-word essay that summarizes the experiences, events, and thoughts that have led you to your interest in medicine and to your decision to seek admission to the Widener Medical Scholars Program. Selected applicants will be notified on or by April 15.

Widener Medical Scholars accepted as high school seniors will enroll in SCI 190: Introduction to Research during their first semester at Widener to prepare for research with a faculty member as early as their freshman year.

Preference is given to students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine, including members of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, socioeconomically disadvantaged or first-generation college students, or students from a medically-underserved area. Residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland with an interest in practicing medicine in an under-resourced area like Chester are also encouraged to apply.

Ideal high school candidates will have a combined critical reading and mathematics SAT score of 1350 or greater with at least a 600 in the two sub-tests. Applicants should also have community service and medically-related volunteer experience.

As part of your pre-dental pathway, you'll pursue your interest in dentistry while also exploring your interest in another major. No matter which path you choose, you'll take the required science courses you need to enter dental school.

Options include: 

Admissions Information

To get started with your pre-dental pathway, select your undergraduate major from within our Undergraduate Major Options and complete an online application.

During your freshman year, you will work closely with your academic advisor to create a curriculum that prepares you for dental school. 

Program Highlights

Shadow Dentists and Dental Students

With support from your health professions advisor, you'll experience life beyond your pre-dental pathway. Volunteer in nearby dental facilities or shadow Widener alumni in dental school. As you build your network, you'll understand what it takes to thrive as a student and professional. 

Prepare for Dental School

Experience constant support as you prepare for dental school. Complete mock interviews with your pre-health advisor and a career advisor. Review your application with the health professions advisory committee. Seek advice from a vast network of alumni. Each step of the way, you'll benefit from the guidance of academic experts. 

Learn from Faculty Members

Whether you study biology or sociology, you'll learn from faculty who invest in your success. Through small classes, research projects, local excursions, and study abroad trips, these professors will serve as your biggest fans. And when you apply to dental school, they'll be the first to review your application and write your letters of recommendation. 

Inside Track to Success

Inside Track to Success

Our pre-dental students serve as competitive applicants to a wide range of dental schools. As a Widener student, you'll join them.

Your Inside Track to Success

Potential Careers

  • Dentist
  • Dental public health specialist
  • Dental anesthesiologist
  • Orthodontist
  • Oral pathologist

Prospects in Dentistry

Employment of dentists is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Growth Source

Recent Employers

  • Temple University
  • Howard University
  • University of Pennsylvania 
  • Salus University
  • SUNY

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Next steps to apply

To participate in our pathway program, apply to your desired undergraduate major. Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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