Will MC prepare me for Dental School?

The B.S. in Biology and B.A. or B.S. in Biochemistry provide excellent preparation for dental school. Maryville College students have stellar placement into dental schools due to the rigorous academic program, the emphasis on undergraduate research, and the personal reference letters made by their faculty. During their tenure at MC, students are advised to work at a dentist’s office.

This hands-on experience combined with the rigorous academic coursework and undergraduate research provides Maryville College students ideal preparation for dental school.

Maryville College faculty members work closely with MC students, both in courses and conducting research. As a result, Maryville College faculty members are able to write excellent letters of reference and recommendation for MC students because faculty and students truly know one another.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Meet a Current Student

Photo of Joseph LogsdonJoseph Logsdon ’20
Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida

The College’s biochemistry (B.A.) major with a pre-dental focus has allowed Joseph to fulfill the prerequisites for most dental schools, including general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry and microbiology. It has also given him the ability to pursue a minor in business, which may prove
helpful since he hopes to open his own practice one day. “The Senior Study requirement at MC sets students apart from their competition,” he said. “The opportunity to do independent research as an undergraduate student can take my abilities and marketability to a new level. Throughout dental school, I plan to explore the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics and orthodontics.”

Meet a Graduate

Photo Brennan PilgramBrennan Humphreys Pilgreen ’13
Currently: General Dentist at Trivette and Osborne, LLC, in Knoxville, Tenn.

After graduating from Maryville College with a major in biology, Brennan went straight to the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and obtained her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS). As a general dentist, she performs periodic examinations, oral cancer screens, fillings, crown and bridge, extractions and removal of prostheses to replace teeth. “My background at MC was instrumental to my success at dental school and now as a healthcare provider,” she said. “Not only did my time at Maryville teach me good study habits and the foundational sciences, but it also taught me about interpersonal skills and professionalism.”

Dr. Jessica Burse Todd ’09
Currently: General Dentist at Christ Community Health Services in Memphis, Tenn.

After graduating from MC in 2009, Jessica earned her D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee. She graduated with honors and now practices full time in family dentistry. “MC has played a vital role in my life and career. The quality of education and personal learning environment are what make MC stand out from other institutions. Additionally, MC is where I met my closest friends, including my husband Brandon (class of 2010), who is a primary care physician at Christ Community Health Services. Brandon and I now have a son, John. I love MC, and I could not imagine my life without it.”

Medical/Graduate School Placements

Duke University School of Medicine
East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
University of Houston College of Optometry
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Tennessee: Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy
University of Virginia School of Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine