I am about to begin on my journey towards apply for Dental School and wanted to get some opinions on my chances of getting in based on the plan I have below. Please let me know of any additional things I can do to help my application in the next year in a half in addition to my plans below. Thanks!
I graduated with a BS in Economics two years ago with an overall GPA of a 3.05. I've only taken a few science classes (about 16 hours), all my freshman year (about seven years ago). I wasn't serious about school at the time, so my science GPA is a 2.4 right now. I have since been working in the corporate world since graduation, but am miserable. I have always wanted to go to Dental School, but after my bad experience freshman, figured it was a lost cause and switched majors. I recently made the decision that I will leaving my job and going back to school full time to apply for Dental School.
Plan to get into Dental School:
1.) My goal is to apply for fall 2012 admission in spring 2011.
2.) I am going to return to the university I graduated from and begin taking my pre-reqs, beginning in January. I will be starting from the beginning, including retaking the 16 hours of science that resulted in the low science GPA. My plan is to pursue a 2nd bachelors in Biology or Microbiology.
3.) The classes I will be retaking:
-Bio 1 & 2 plus labs
-Chem 1 & 2 plus labs
4.) The classes I will be taking for the first time:
-Organic 1 & 2
-Physics 1 & 2
-Biochemistry 1 & 2
-additional Microbio and general Bio courses
5.) I have determined that assuming a 4.0 or close, by the end of the spring 2011 semester, I could have an overall GPA of a 3.3 and science GPA of a 3.6.
6.) I also plan on joining the Predental Society and other health care/dental/service organizations.
6.) I will be spending much time prepping for the DAT once I have completed the science coursework covered on the test. I know with my grades I need a very high DAT score.
7.) I also plan on setting up times to shadow dentists throughout the next year in a half.
8.) I will be performing community services activities as time allows.
-I earning a BS in Economics with a 3.05 overall GPA and 2.4 science GPA (only 16 hours)
-I am quitting work and returning to my university full time to take pre-reqs, including retaking all science classes I took before, and will pursue a second bachelors in Biology or Microbiology
-Assuming close a 4.0 in my classes here on out, I can raise my overall GPA to a 3.3 and science GPA to a 3.6. My last 60 hours GPA would be at or just below a 4.0.
-I also will be focusing on a very strong DAT score, dentist shadowing, and leadership/service.
Assuming I can raise my GPA to a 3.3 overall/3.6 science with coursework in a 2nd bachelors and achieve a high DAT score, how are my prospects for getting in? The overall GPA would still be considerably lower. Do schools take into account a trend of higher grades in recent semesters in light of bad grades earlier in one's academic career?
Any thoughts, opinions, criticism or advice would be very much appreciated!