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You want to bring a smile not just to the face, but also to the heart.

We smile at the opportunity to help you foster the skills you’ll need to succeed in dental school and beyond.

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ranked a top ten regional university in the south by U.S. news and world report
ranked among america's top colleges by forbes
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Top Reasons

At Florida Southern College, you’ll obtain all the necessary academic training dental schools require.

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LECOM Agreement

In partnership with one of the nation’s most renowned medical colleges, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), qualified students are granted priority admission into Lake Erie’s dental program.

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We provide all the academic courses dental schools require for admissions, and classes that will help you succeed on the DAT.

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Individualized Attention

Our Pre-Professional programs will guide you in your quest to become a dentist. You will be paired with an advisor who knows what it takes to achieve your goals.

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Original Research

Most students entering dental school have significant research experience. At Florida Southern College, all students majoring in the natural sciences have an opportunity to do original research of their own design.

Pre-Dental Internships

Our extracurricular experiences will help broaden your knowledge and understanding of the world around you. Junior Journeys, internships, shadowing and research.

Students find many opportunities in and around the city of Lakeland, as well as across the country and even internationally to gain experience. One of our most popular venues is Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM), a facility only ten minutes from campus that allows students to experience firsthand many aspects of providing dental care to the working uninsured in Polk County. Local dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons have provided excellent shadowing opportunities for our students. Outside of Florida, students have interned at various facilities across the country, and have traveled overseas on dental mission trips to places such as Nicaragua.

Pre-Professional Program (P3)

The Pre-Professional Program (P3) is a rigorous, competitive program for students pursuing admission to professional schools after obtaining their undergraduate degrees.

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Graduate Opportunities

Our graduates attend a wide variety of graduate and professional schools.

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Program Contacts

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Lauren Albaum, MEd

Director, Health Professions & STEM Career Development Center

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Dr. Nancy Morvillo

Chair of Biology

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