Prepharm to Predental: Need a game plan!
I’d really appreciate a little advice on how to approachthis application cycle. I am currently a junior at a small Baptist college andhave been pursuing pharmacy school for the past 4 years. Recently, I havedecided to change my career to dentistry. I don’t know much about how to applyto dental school but here is a little about me:
I currently have a 2.98 cumulative GPA and a 3.1biology/chemistry GPA. I haven’t taken the DAT yet but plan to this summer. Iwill also have 80 completed hours shadowing/working with a dentist and 20 hourswith an oral surgeon. I am also Secretary of Tri Beta Biological Honors Society at my university.
Organic I –C lab – B-
Organic II –C+ lab – A-
General Chem– B+ lab – B
QuantitativeAnalytical Chem – B- lab – A-
Gross/CadaverAnatomy – A
MammalianPhysiology – B
Cell andMolecular Bio – B
Of coursethese are not all my grades or my GPA wouldn’t be so low. These are my upperlevel and pre-req classes. I only want to attend/apply to Tennessee School ofDentistry – which is in-state for me – so I will need at least a 20 DAT tosurvive. I will be taking Biochemistry and Histology this upcoming fall alongwith other university required courses to complete my degree in Biology. I havealso looked into a Masters in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology toenhance my GPA.
I guess whatI’m asking is, should I apply this year? If so, would applying in August be early enough?Or should I wait for my fall grades to improve my GPA? What should be my gameplan?
Thanks foryour help!