Absolutely, that is the main reason for doing this...time. I figure I go ahead and get the Bachelor's through Nova, take my science courses in person one per semester...maybe two during one of the semesters, if I can manage it, work as a hygienist, take the DAT, and apply within the next 2-3 years...if I don't get accepted...then I will have already gotten all the pre-reqs done and BHSc...so I would then be able to decide if I wanted to pursue a Masters in Health Science OR take the required courses left to get my Biology degree at IU and then have a Bachelors in Biology and Health Science. AND, what if I do get in??
I feel if I can just get to the interview portion I will be good to go...that's where you can explain the reasoning of why I chose to go that route versus the traditional route and who knows, they might not even care about that! My boyfriend is a Pediatric DMD who graduated from Nova and goes down to the school and hospital to teach residents frequently in surgery. He is there this week...I told him to get some info and opinions from some of the professors and administrators throughout the dental school
I will let you know their thoughts too.
Ultimately, I believe everyone has their own circumstances and they need to follow through with something that works for them the best in their current situation. It might not be the "ideal" route, but let's face it...is there an ideal route for every single individual who became a dentist?? I'm willing to bet a few took online classes, withdrew from one class because of circumstances, might have even failed a class, didn't have the highest GPA...I feel the admissions committees take everything into consideration when reviewing candidates...I went to school to be a hygienist, not a dentist, and soon found out after working in the field, I wanted to accomplish more and provide more to my patients. I can sit back and ponder on why I didn't go through with dental school in the first place (everyone at the time telling me to) but the reality is, at the time, I did what I WANTED to do, not what everyone was telling me to do. I don't regret that at all and I still LOVE my job and LOVE hygiene. Working within the field has given me so many opportunities to see every single aspect of dentistry. I do all the marketing and advertising for our private practice and I love it! What works for one geographical area, doesn't work for others. I love the business part of dentistry, which so many applicants seem to forget about. So, if it doesn't pan out for me...I'm still within a career that I am completely happy with...but still at the age of 25, I feel I still have enough time to make it happen and become a dentist...it just might not be the "ideal" route