• Funniest Story on the Job Contest Starts Now!

    Contest starts now and ends September 27th. Winner will receive a special user banner and $10 Amazon Gift card!

    JOIN NOW
  • Site Updates Coming Next Week

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!

    LEARN MORE

In RDH want to be a dentist

Mr. RDH

New Member
Jun 16, 2020
8
0
1
  1. Other Health Professions Student
My question is I'm currently in RDH first semester.

I am stuck between sucking it up trying to become a dentist, getting bachelors, DAT and Dental school(around 6 years).

OR

Becoming a dental hygienist, then completing bachelors, taking DAT and then becoming dentist(around 8 years).

2)Do I absolutely have to take DAT in junior year or can I take it after I get bachelors in Bio.

3)If I apply as a hygienist will I be a non-traditional applicant.

Right now I have no volunteer/extracurriculars experience and have 2.9 gpa(one bad semester, gpa tanked, worked/ing to bring it higher)

First time on sdn. Go easy on me
:) :)

So I am looking for pointers
 

S_Diamond_DDS

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Jun 24, 2015
656
499
166
  1. Dentist
Why is that 6 or 8 years? 4 years to get your bachelors in RDH. One year to work as an RDH, study for the DAT, and apply. I see 5 years.

1) bring your GPA up as high as possible before you complete your bachelors. Grades are the thing you should be most concerned with at this point!
2) No, you don’t have to take it during your junior year and I would actually encourage you to take it when you have the free time to do an exhaustive study after you graduate rather than be under time pressure while in school.
3)Yes in that case you could be considered a nontrad student, but that only means something if you have a story to tell about how this makes you a unique applicant.
 

Mr. RDH

New Member
Jun 16, 2020
8
0
1
  1. Other Health Professions Student
2 years for RDG, 2 years to complete my bachelors and then 4 years of dental school. That's how it is 8 years.

By your calculation it is 9 years.

After 2 years RDH I could work, get clinical hours and complete bachelors.
 
About the Ads

Mr. RDH

New Member
Jun 16, 2020
8
0
1
  1. Other Health Professions Student
Why is that 6 or 8 years? 4 years to get your bachelors in RDH. One year to work as an RDH, study for the DAT, and apply. I see 5 years.

1) bring your GPA up as high as possible before you complete your bachelors. Grades are the thing you should be most concerned with at this point!
2) No, you don’t have to take it during your junior year and I would actually encourage you to take it when you have the free time to do an exhaustive study after you graduate rather than be under time pressure while in school.
3)Yes in that case you could be considered a nontrad student, but that only means something if you have a story to tell about how this makes you a unique applicant.

2 years for RDH, 2 years to complete my bachelors and then 4 years of dental school. That's how it is 8 years.

By your calculation it is 9 years.

After 2 years RDH I could work, get clinical hours and complete bachelors.

I'm 23 right now. That's why looking for most feasible way. Life is too short to be messing around
 

S_Diamond_DDS

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Jun 24, 2015
656
499
166
  1. Dentist
2 years for RDG, 2 years to complete my bachelors and then 4 years of dental school. That's how it is 8 years.

By your calculation it is 9 years.

After 2 years RDH I could work, get clinical hours and complete bachelors.
Ok you’re counting the 4 years of dental school. Yes 8-9 year route then would be my suggestion. Nearly all dental schools require that you have a bachelors.
 

Mr. RDH

New Member
Jun 16, 2020
8
0
1
  1. Other Health Professions Student
Ok you’re counting the 4 years of dental school. Yes 8-9 year route then would be my suggestion. Nearly all dental schools require that you have a bachelors.

So what do you think will be easier?
I don't have a stellar track record without RDH.
Would becoming an RDH make me more appealing in eyes of dental schools??
 

S_Diamond_DDS

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Jun 24, 2015
656
499
166
  1. Dentist
So what do you think will be easier?
I don't have a stellar track record without RDH.
Would becoming an RDH make me more appealing in eyes of dental schools??
Not necessarily. But if know you can produce better grades in the RDH program than in another major, then it would obviously be beneficial to continue your RDH journey.

Maybe I’m not understanding your question.
 

WithLove

xoxo
2+ Year Member
Apr 2, 2017
140
136
116
My question is I'm currently in RDH first semester.

I am stuck between sucking it up trying to become a dentist, getting bachelors, DAT and Dental school(around 6 years).

OR

Becoming a dental hygienist, then completing bachelors, taking DAT and then becoming dentist(around 8 years).

2)Do I absolutely have to take DAT in junior year or can I take it after I get bachelors in Bio.

3)If I apply as a hygienist will I be a non-traditional applicant.

Right now I have no volunteer/extracurriculars experience and have 2.9 gpa(one bad semester, gpa tanked, worked/ing to bring it higher)

First time on sdn. Go easy on me
:) :)

So I am looking for pointers
You can take the DAT any time. Your goal should be to improve your GPA to at least a 3.4+ so that you can be competitive. If you can do that, you definitely have a chance.

xoxo
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

S_Diamond_DDS

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Jun 24, 2015
656
499
166
  1. Dentist
I'm worried about timing of DAT because I had to take 2 years off. So I won't apply with having taken DAT in junior year.
It’s fine. As long as you do well (A’s) in your prerequiste science classes for dental school, studying for the DAT will mostly be review, even if there’s a short gap period. However, I might advise looking over some of the free DAT materials now. Like take the first couple of tests of DAT bootcamp to get an idea about what’s on the test. And also consider casually practicing for sections like the PAT and RC (at your leisure, off and on) as early as now to get a feel for these sections that require a bit of strategy and early exposure.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

futuredmdblue

Full Member
Feb 16, 2020
28
26
46
  1. Dental Student
Hey there! I went the route of becoming a hygienist first before applying to dental school. My biggest advice to you is to do really well in the program so you can get a good reference from your director. Hygiene is great because you get to see the production side of things and act as a producer in your own office. You get the full experience of treating a patient and your dexterity is much better than if you were having to learn it from scratch in dental school.

It does take longer but it gives you an opportunity to see if dentistry is the right fit for you. You also have the ability to fall back on something if your plans for dental school do not turn out. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but it is pretty nice that you can work the summer before you start dental school and save up for any expenses.

I am enrolling to my first choice school in a month and I definitely support going the hygiene route.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 
Last edited:

Mr. RDH

New Member
Jun 16, 2020
8
0
1
  1. Other Health Professions Student
Is it easy to find an RDH job out of school as a guy?

Do part time jobs in the industry exist?

How realistic would it be to want to have a part time job in dental school?
Hey there! I went the route of becoming a hygienist first before applying to dental school. My biggest advice to you is to do really well in the program so you can get a good reference from your director. Hygiene is great because you get to see the production side of things and act as a producer in your own office. You get the full experience of treating a patient and your dexterity is much better than if you were having to learn it from scratch in dental school.

It does take longer but it gives you an opportunity to see if dentistry is the right fit for you. You also have the ability to fall back on something if your plans for dental school do not turn out. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but it is pretty nice that you can work the summer before you start dental school and save up for any expenses.

I am enrolling to my first choice school in a month and I definitely support going the hygiene route.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

macsak

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Aug 16, 2018
1,544
1,435
126
Is it easy to find an RDH job out of school as a guy?

Do part time jobs in the industry exist?

How realistic would it be to want to have a part time job in dental school?

depends on the demand for rdh in your area...

yes

rdh get paid pretty good in many areas, so you may be able to add some hours on Saturday, or on vacation days...
 

Mr. RDH

New Member
Jun 16, 2020
8
0
1
  1. Other Health Professions Student
I asked the first question bcz I hear it's a female dominated profession. So I don't how hard it'll be for me being a male job seeker in a female market?
depends on the demand for rdh in your area...

yes

rdh get paid pretty good in many areas, so you may be able to add some hours on Saturday, or on vacation days...
 

futuredmdblue

Full Member
Feb 16, 2020
28
26
46
  1. Dental Student
Is it easy to find an RDH job out of school as a guy?

Do part time jobs in the industry exist?

How realistic would it be to want to have a part time job in dental school?

Yes especially as a guy. I’m a male hygienist and received several offers to work right out of school. I even went to an office that paid me to shadow a hygienist for “training” while they waited for me to receive my license and my pay went from an assistant to hygienist immediately when I was licensed. I can’t tell you how many offices I’ve temped at where they were thrilled to have a male hygienist because they said there wouldn’t be drama or high maintenance to deal with.

Part time jobs are possible but you might be better off working as a temp. I did that for years while I was in school and its a much better gig. You can manage your hours and usually get paid the same day you work.

Your full time job in dental school is to study and do well. Out of all the students and dentists I’ve talked to, not one ever encouraged a job outside of school. If they did, it was as a tutor so you could be paid to study. It might be possible in your first year depending on the course load, but I wouldn’t risk it. I’m hanging up my license when I enroll so I can focus on school.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users
About the Ads
This thread is more than 1 year old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.