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I earned a bachelor's degree in marketing last year. But any degree in business is very generic. You could do a million different things with it. That's good and bad. When you decide to go to dental school, you know you will be a dentist when you finish. When I finished business school, I still didn't know what the heck I would be doing, who would hire me, etc. My professional experience so far has been in marketing and sales. But I'm looking to make 200k+ a year, and besides selling medical equipment or becoming a CEO, I don't think there are many opportunities in business where I live to make that kind of money. But dentists can make a lot of money and I think that I would really enjoy it as well. It's six more years of schooling for me, which will suck, no doubt, but It would pay off in the long run.

So my question is: Do you think that a 28-year-old with a bachelor's degree in marketing can get into dental school and make it through?

Thanks for your replies! Any feedback you can give me would be awesome.
 

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First, there have been a ton of 25-30 year olds at my interviews, so that's not a problem.

Second, they love it when you have a non-science major. You should be good to go with pre-reqs.
 

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I earned a bachelor's degree in marketing last year. But any degree in business is very generic. You could do a million different things with it. That's good and bad. When you decide to go to dental school, you know you will be a dentist when you finish. When I finished business school, I still didn't know what the heck I would be doing, who would hire me, etc. My professional experience so far has been in marketing and sales. But I'm looking to make 200k+ a year, and besides selling medical equipment or becoming a CEO, I don't think there are many opportunities in business where I live to make that kind of money. But dentists can make a lot of money and I think that I would really enjoy it as well. It's six more years of schooling for me, which will suck, no doubt, but It would pay off in the long run.

So my question is: Do you think that a 28-year-old with a bachelor's degree in marketing can get into dental school and make it through?

Thanks for your replies! Any feedback you can give me would be awesome.

I'm a marketing graduate.

Ask yourself why you'd like to pursue dentistry. If "money" is the only word that pops in your head I would consider other options.

Pursue what you enjoy doing and money will follow you. Don't do it the other way around.
 
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Have you taken in science courses in the past?

Also, shadow some dentists and network with professionals so that you can get a good feel for the field. Make sure its something you think you can see yourself doing in the long term rather than purely for the monetary rewards.

Also, the MKTG major will not hinder you at all. However, you will have to be able to explain what made you decide to transition from marketing to dentistry.
 

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I'm a 28 year old with a BS in Management and a MS in HR Management. You should focus on your prereqs now and make sure that you have an understanding of all the science exposure before entry into dental school.

Good luck to you.
 

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I am currently studying Marketing and considering becoming a dentist. Cant make a decision yet. :oops:

I know a lot about dentistry but could you tell me how you got into sellign medical equipment and why you don't enjoy doing it anymore. The rewards and the negatives. Im 20 but I want to explore as much as I can now. Thanks.
 

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I earned a bachelor's degree in marketing last year. But any degree in business is very generic. You could do a million different things with it. That's good and bad. When you decide to go to dental school, you know you will be a dentist when you finish. When I finished business school, I still didn't know what the heck I would be doing, who would hire me, etc. My professional experience so far has been in marketing and sales. But I'm looking to make 200k+ a year, and besides selling medical equipment or becoming a CEO, I don't think there are many opportunities in business where I live to make that kind of money. But dentists can make a lot of money and I think that I would really enjoy it as well. It's six more years of schooling for me, which will suck, no doubt, but It would pay off in the long run.

So my question is: Do you think that a 28-year-old with a bachelor's degree in marketing can get into dental school and make it through?

Thanks for your replies! Any feedback you can give me would be awesome.

I am a business major and I have gotten three interviews which is nothing amazing but the main question I have been asked in my interviews is if I feel that I have had enough science. I then elaborate on the science classes that I have taken that meet the minimum requirement and mention the other science classes I took (which were just a few) to make sure I had a good understanding of the sciences.

As long as you do well on the DAT and take the necessary science courses I think you will be just fine.
 

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I was wondering, do all he other business majors think the same before applying to dental school as the OP? He said he wanted to do it because it is a good way to make six figures etc... Dont you have to know if you can work with teeth, can deal with the dexterity, have the manual skills, enjoy healthcare, know what it entails. In a way I get a little sketchy about those who just go to dental school thinking its a ticket to six figure success and major money. You are investing 4 years of lost income, 300K in loans that can be 500K+ buy the time you pay it off.

There are definitely wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy easier ways to go get a six figure job, get an MBA at a top ten school and you are pretty assured a 6 figure job, and yes the market sucks now but by the time you graduate it's going to be better as you look at the history and track of US markets bouncing up.

If you just want money, ummm their are plenty of ways with time that you can get them. My brother (HS educated) took a loan to buy a little grocery store with a partner, he eventually bought out the partner, and he is now 35 and nets, yes I SAID NETs 200K at least. That is with no investment except the 40K loan he took out that he paid in the first 1-2 years of working. There is alot of recession proof businesses you can do like grocery, you have to always eat regardless.

All in all, if you go into a career just for money you will hate yourself for the rest of your life. Because once you get the money and become financially self actualized, you will feel empty and miserable about what you are doing. I say this is ESPECIALLY after you get a college/professional degree, the enitre point of a college degree is to improve your chances on a better life, and the whole point of professional/grad school is to indulge in your passion and what makes you happy.
 

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I was a business finance major, worked for a few years, went back and took the prereqs, and got into dental school. My experience in dental school has been great and I'm looking to specialize now. Currently I'm a 29 year old D4.

Note- It is important to "sell" your previous experiences as making you well-rounded rather than indecisive.
 

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I earned a bachelor's degree in marketing last year. But any degree in business is very generic. You could do a million different things with it. That's good and bad. When you decide to go to dental school, you know you will be a dentist when you finish. When I finished business school, I still didn't know what the heck I would be doing, who would hire me, etc. My professional experience so far has been in marketing and sales. But I'm looking to make 200k+ a year, and besides selling medical equipment or becoming a CEO, I don't think there are many opportunities in business where I live to make that kind of money. But dentists can make a lot of money and I think that I would really enjoy it as well. It's six more years of schooling for me, which will suck, no doubt, but It would pay off in the long run.

So my question is: Do you think that a 28-year-old with a bachelor's degree in marketing can get into dental school and make it through?

Thanks for your replies! Any feedback you can give me would be awesome.

To answer your question Yes you can!

Hello, Just turn 28 on November 28 (Golden bday) and I decided that morning I wanted to become a DDS/DMD. I've been researching pre-med/dental for about a month or two. I finished my BS BA degree just a few months ago and just now having my Diploma released after working OT to pay my late tuition. I did it... Ne way I work in finance and after a pomotion to management, I now know I want to leave the corp world. I Know you can do it just as I can so just go for it. Tomorrow I'm planning to ride my scooter to ASU to check out pre-dental program and start my pre-reqs asap so I can attend ASDOH in a year or two.
 
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I was wondering, do all he other business majors think the same before applying to dental school as the OP? He said he wanted to do it because it is a good way to make six figures etc... Dont you have to know if you can work with teeth, can deal with the dexterity, have the manual skills, enjoy healthcare, know what it entails. In a way I get a little sketchy about those who just go to dental school thinking its a ticket to six figure success and major money. You are investing 4 years of lost income, 300K in loans that can be 500K+ buy the time you pay it off.

There are definitely wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy easier ways to go get a six figure job, get an MBA at a top ten school and you are pretty assured a 6 figure job, and yes the market sucks now but by the time you graduate it's going to be better as you look at the history and track of US markets bouncing up.

If you just want money, ummm their are plenty of ways with time that you can get them. My brother (HS educated) took a loan to buy a little grocery store with a partner, he eventually bought out the partner, and he is now 35 and nets, yes I SAID NETs 200K at least. That is with no investment except the 40K loan he took out that he paid in the first 1-2 years of working. There is alot of recession proof businesses you can do like grocery, you have to always eat regardless.

All in all, if you go into a career just for money you will hate yourself for the rest of your life. Because once you get the money and become financially self actualized, you will feel empty and miserable about what you are doing. I say this is ESPECIALLY after you get a college/professional degree, the enitre point of a college degree is to improve your chances on a better life, and the whole point of professional/grad school is to indulge in your passion and what makes you happy.

Yeah I'm not sure I agree that there's A TON of way easier ways to make 6 figures. Sure, if you get lucky and are very smart at business you can make a small investment that turns out to pay big dividends.

But dentistry offers respect and an importance in society that general business doesn't, and the need for dentistry is constant and will grow. I know a dentist who works 4 days a week and NETS 300k. Very few other careers offer this.

But, most dentists obviously don't net that much, it's just an example.
 
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