Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Dentistry Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

An associate degree in pre-dentistry will put you on a bright path to a career in health care.

  • Overview
    Dentist working on a patient

    Are you considering a career in dentistry? If so, you can earn an associate degree in science in pre-dentistry at Oklahoma City Community College.

    In the field of oral healthcare you could become a dentist, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant or a dental lab assistant – just to name a few. These all offer job security, flexibility and the prestige of working in the health care industry as well as the personal satisfaction of helping others.

    Get started for your future career today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Overview
    Dentist working on a patient

    Are you considering a career in dentistry? If so, you can earn an associate degree in science in pre-dentistry at Oklahoma City Community College.

    In the field of oral healthcare you could become a dentist, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant or a dental lab assistant – just to name a few. These all offer job security, flexibility and the prestige of working in the health care industry as well as the personal satisfaction of helping others.

    Get started for your future career today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Highlights
    Students practicing on fake mouths

    Enjoy a Bright Future With a Career in Dentistry

    Dentists diagnose their patients and treat their problems with teeth and tissues in the mouth, as well as give advice and care instructions to prevent future problems.

    Most dentists must train in a higher education setting for eight years. However, the oral health care career field includes other positions including dental hygienist, dental assistant and dental lab assistant. All offer job security, flexibility and the prestige of working in the healthcare industry as well as the personal satisfaction of helping others.

    In the pre-dentistry associate degree program at OCCC, you will learn all the fundamentals for a career in this continuously growing health profession.

  • Degree Options
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    Pre-Dentistry Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate in science degree in chemistry with specific course suggestions for students interested in pre-dentistry: This associate degree program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete any remaining prerequisites before you apply for admission to a college of dentistry. It’s also a good choice if you want to go into medicine, but aren’t sure yet which area of specialty you want to pursue.  

  • Courses
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    Get Back to Basics and Build a Strong Foundation for Future Success

    At Oklahoma City Community College, if you pursue an associate degree in science in pre-dentistry, you will study such topics as:

    • General Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • College Physics
    • Microbiology
    • Human Physiology

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on all the pre-dentistry classes and support science classes available. OCCC offers both daytime and evening pre-dentistry classes. However, due to the hands-on nature of this associate degree program and the required lab work involved, there are not many online classes offered for this major.

  • Faculty
    Kristy Bailey

    Kristy Bailey


    Professor of Chemistry

    B.S. in Chemistry from Cameron University PhD in Organic Chemistry from Oklahoma State University

     
    Bruce Bailey

    Bruce Bailey


    Professor of Chemistry

    BS (Chemistry)Cameron University, Lawton OK PhD (Organic Chemistry)Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

     
    Fabiola Janiak-Spens

    Fabiola Janiak-Spens


    Director of Biotechnology, Professor of Biotechnology and Chemistry

    Fabiola Janiak-Spens has been the director of the biotechnology program at OCCC since 2007 and teaches biotechnology and general chemistry courses. She enjoys teaching laboratory skills and watching her student’s succeed in obtaining employment as laboratory technicians following graduation from OCCC. Over the past five years, she has been awarded three, two-year internship partnership grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) for biotechnology internship student stipends. Janiak-Spens also coordinates the K12 biotechnology outreach program, providing laboratory supplies and biotechnology activity support to high school science teachers in Oklahoma. Prior to joining OCCC, she worked for 16 years as a research associate in biochemistry laboratories with mentors at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Both her MS and PhD degrees are in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Janiak-Spens also holds a Diplom-Chemikerin degree from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Fabiola Janiak-Spens was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, before coming to Oklahoma on a student exchange program.

     
    Steven Shore

    Steven Shore


    Professor of Chemistry

    Dr. Shore is a third generation Oklahoman. Born in Tulsa, he spent most of his early years on a farm several miles south of Tulsa where he raised pigs and participated in 4-H. There were twenty-eight students in the graduating class of the small town high school he attended. After high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemistry. Specializing in biochemistry in graduate school, his dissertation research focused on the environment of a growing protein chain using fluorescence spectroscopy. During graduate school, he discovered his love for teaching and decided to pursue teaching as a career. Dr. Shore enjoys spending time with his daughter who currently attends OCCC. He also enjoys hiking in the Wichita Mountains whenever possible. He is a confirmed science geek who likes just about all areas of science and is a huge fan of the British science fiction show "Doctor Who."

     
    Courtney Vahlberg

    Courtney Vahlberg


    Professor of Chemistry

    I have a Ph.D. in chemistry from OSU and spent 24 years as an analytical chemist for the telecommunications industry.  I like watching football (college and pro), the other football, and golf.  I like playing golf and reading and working outside.  And I really like my chemistry classes.

     
    Changjiang Zhu

    Changjiang Zhu


    Professor of Chemistry

    Bachelor, chemistry, Wuhan University, China, 1982Ph. D., chemistry, University of Idaho, 1996

     
  • After OCCC
    Two dental assistants

    Pre-Dentistry Careers

    After graduating with your associate degree in pre-dentistry from Oklahoma City Community College, you will likely transfer your credits to a four-year university and eventually apply for admission to a college of dentistry. However, this degree option also has the flexibility to allow students to explore a variety of life science and physical science degree plans.

    While in college, you will have many career options to consider in the oral healthcare career field, including:

    • Dental hygienist
    • Dental assistant
    • Dental lab assistant
    • Dentist

     All offer job security, flexibility and the prestige of working in the healthcare industry as well as the personal satisfaction of helping others.

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