Biology: Dental 4+4 (WVU)Offered by: Biology
The Department of Biology offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees. Minors in biology and marine science are also available. We offer several year+ degree options with affiliated schools, thus facilitating a smooth transition to degrees in physical therapy at Slippery Rock University, osteopathic medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), pharmacy at the LECOM School of Pharmacy, dentistry at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine (Bradenton, FL campus) and West Virginia School of Dentistry - Dental Early Admission Program (DEAP), chiropractic at Logan University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, and physician assistant studies at Chatham University. These affiliations provide for a limited number of guaranteed seats to qualified individuals as well as accelerated degree completion in some instances.
Why Choose Biology: Dental 4+4 With WVU?
Capitalizing on the strength of partnerships, the West Virginia University School of Dentistry (WVUSD) and Slippery Rock University (SRU) Department of Biology have joined together to promote students' seamless progression from university to dental school through the SRU and WVUSD Dental early Admission Program (DEAP). This joint program helps simplify the dental school admission process while easing the financial burden of the application. DEAP gives a select number of motivated SRU biology majors an early introduction to the WVUSD faculty, students, and alumni while also providing unique opportunities to help prepare them for WVU's challenging dental program. Through our partnership we offer highly qualified rising sophomores at SRU potential early admission to WVU's Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Program. Individuals who complete their first year at SRU and aspire to earn a dental degree are eligible to apply to DEAP. Admission to DEAP is available to a maximum of two students annually through a competitive application and interview process. West Virginia residents receive priority consideration. Because the WVUSD values diversity and recognizes its importance in addressing access to quality oral healthcare, individuals from populations that are under-represented in dental school, including African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, first-generation college, and economically disadvantaged, are encouraged to apply. Slippery Rock University is responsible for DEAP student recruitment since enrollment in SRU is a key program requirement. DEAP applications are available to all SRU students who meet the specified criteria.
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