Pre-Dental Program

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The pre-dental program is the course of study for students who plan to enter the dentistry field. PUC has a reputation for its excellent pre-dentistry program and very high acceptance rates to dental school for its graduates.

Fast Facts

  • There were 195,722 dentists working in dentistry (dentists using their dental degree in some fashion) in the US. in 2015.
  • Dentists rank #2 in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report’s”The 100 Best Jobs.”  Orthodontists rank #1!
  • Dentists were named No. 5 for their honesty and ethical standards in a 2012 Gallup Poll.
  • Fewer than 85% of dentists now own their own practice (as sole proprietor or partner) and increasing numbers of dentists work in a dental service organization practice or are employees in other types of practices.  For more details, read Garcia, R.I. 2014.  The restructuring of dental practice. JADA 145(10):1008-1010.
  • In 2014, general dentists saw an average of 65 patients per week.  In 1990, this same group saw about 77 patients per week.  ADA Statistics.
  • A USA Today survey reported that more adults were satisfied with services received from dentists than from any other profession.
  • On average, general practice dentists worked 32 hours per week and specialists 33 hours per week in 2014.  In 1990, general practice dentists worked an average of 35 hours per week.   
  • By the end of 2014, there were approximately 205 million Americans (64% percent of the population) with dental benefits.
  • In 2014, 52.3% of adults reported that they had visited the dentist every six months the last few years, 15.4% reported once per year, and 11.0% reported once every two to three years. More than one in five (21.3%) said that they had not visited the dentist in the last few years.