26 year old nontraditional student here. Graduated from a 4 year university back in 2013 with a double major in Economics and International Business. After graduating I played professional soccer for a couple years. Unfortunately that got cut short due to injuries. I now own my own business, a restaurant, and am doing well. Over the last year, especially due to my soccer related injuries, I've really developed an interest for the health care world. After taking Anatomy & Phys 1 this semester, dentistry specifically is something I'm interested in. Due to running my own business during the day I'm only able to take the pre-requisites at a community college. Is this okay? Can ALL my science pre-reqs be takin at a CC and still manage to get interviews to public and private dental schools?
My overall gpa is a 3.4. With all A's in the pre-reqs I should be able to get it up to a 3.6/3.7. Im hoping with a good DAT score, volunteer/shadowing hours, and LORs along with the A's in science pre reqs at CC I should be in good shape to apply right?
Please let me know what you guys think. I'd love to get some insight and guidance. Any advice you may have would be great!
Some schools have limits regarding how many science credits can come from CC. I would take some at CC, but for the upper level science courses, I think it would be best to take them at a four year university. Often times, state school have classes that begin at the early evening. Maybe you can try to adjust your work schedule?
Additionally, you will need shadowing and volunteer hours. Most schools have minimum requirements for shadowing, so be aware of that. As for volunteering, many schools like to see evidence that community is important to you, and this is a great way to showcase that.
3.6-3.7 is solid along with a 20+ AA on your DAT. I got close to 3.3-ish GPA in undergrad and working for 5 years in various industries and received 5 interviews with 3 acceptances (withdrew 1 interview invite). Convey maturity in your personal statement and get your shadowing hours (getting actual paid dental assisting hours is a plus) and you should have absolutely no problems getting interviews and eventually acceptances.
Keep in mind that I was the guy that a lot of SDN regulars threw shade at because of my low-ish GPA and "big-town" origins, but am currently thriving and kicking ass in a passive-aggressive-town dental school right now.
I don't know what your story is, but here's the general concept that has worked tremendously well for me -I am in a similar situation as the OP & am currently making preparations to pursue dental full time beginning this summer. I have owned my own business & into a traveling consulting the position for a larger corporation. Nothing matures and refocus one like having to earn a profit.
How does one "convey maturity in your personal statement" as you suggest? All research agrees that maturity is a huge, massive benefit that non-traditional have & can often compensate for subpar numbers is a more mature attitude. I am just curious as to how one conveys this in writing. Discuss a passion for community involvement and society improvement with actual examples to support?