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Is a bachelor's degree necessary for specialization after dental school?

purekitten

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    Hi, I'm a high school senior that is currently considering UoP's 5 and 6 year dental program. If I went into their 5 year program, I would complete 2 years of undergrad work at their Stockton campus, then go directly to the dental school after that. Going to their 6 year dental program would require me to do 3 years of undergraduate work and then be granted a bachelors in science after my first year in UoP's dental school. After attending UoP's profile day for admitted students, I learned from the pre-dental faculty that the 5 year program is not the favored path of most students because the lack of having a bachelor's degree negatively impacts a candidate's chance of being accepted into a specialization program after dental school. Is this true? This is an important decision for me because I want to keep my options open in the future, and yet if a lack of a bachelor's degree will not hurt me, I'll probably go for the 5 year option.
     
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    tothepark

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      Some residencies require a transcript from your undergraduate institution. Therefore, if you do not have a bachelors degree or have a limited undergrad transcript it can potentially have a negative result.
       

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        If you are a rockstar in dental school, the lack of a bachelor's degree is not going to matter. The only place that MIGHT get hung up on it is a med school attached to a 6-yr OMFS residency that has some silly undergrad requirement, not the actual OMFS residency itself. But if they really want you, they will make it happen. The 4 year programs and other specialties won't care about a bachelor's or not.
         

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          Of course, but a lack of a degree will most likely mean a limited transcript. From my understanding this is usually the case for OMFS residency where the med schools get to see your undergrad transcript for acceptance, im sure a lack of a degree can only hurt you
           

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            If you want to do an MD integrated OMFS program it will absolutely be a huge problem. You will not be accepted. It is a requirement of every med school for the students to have a bachelor degree.
            I'd do the 3+3 program at Pacific. You'll fast track and still get your degree.
             

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              If you want to do an MD integrated OMFS program it will absolutely be a huge problem. You will not be accepted. It is a requirement of every med school for the students to have a bachelor degree.
              I'd do the 3+3 program at Pacific. You'll fast track and still get your degree.
              So a bachelor's is worth more than a doctoral degree at those schools? They must have a really big stick up their ass of superiority complex. The fact that not everyone can make it into dental school and that the applicant has a dental degree says more than any schmuck with a BA/BS.
               

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                So a bachelor's is worth more than a doctoral degree at those schools? They must have a really big stick up their ass of superiority complex. The fact that not everyone can make it into dental school and that the applicant has a dental degree says more than any schmuck with a BA/BS.

                Agreed. But med schools find it extremely difficult to think outside the box. They had to get a BA so you do too.
                I took online courses during dental school to finish up my BA so I'd be eligible. I know as much as anyone how bad it sucks.
                 

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                  Agreed. But med schools find it extremely difficult to think outside the box. They had to get a BA so you do too.
                  I took online courses during dental school to finish up my BA so I'd be eligible. I know as much as anyone how bad it sucks.

                  So in the remote chance that the OP ends up wanting to apply for 6 year MD programs, then he/she would need a BA and could do some online courses like you did. Otherwise, if he decides to do any of the other 8 specialties or 4 year OMS programs, it won't matter.

                  I vote for 5 year program, get in, get your degree, keep your debt down. Undergrad is mostly a waste of time if dentistry is your final career destination.
                   
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