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goblueeeeeee

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Hello!

I'm entering my junior year of college and I've finally decided I'm going to take the DAT!
What are the best courses that I should take in preparation for it?

I am a biology and interdisciplinary psychology (BCN) major at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
I've completed the intro biology sequence, gen chem 1, orgo 1 &2, physics 1 and English.
I'm taking gen chem 2/ p chem (our school makes you take orgo right after gen chem 1, weird I know) and microbiology in the Fall.

I wanted some input for classes I should take to help take the DAT next summer!

My winter semester classes I'm planning to take is intro biochemistry, biopsych, and evolution (if the prof is good) in terms of science classes.
My spring semester I'm going to take physiology and accelerated summer semester with physics 2.
I also have to take Genetics but plan on taking it during my senior year.

Which then gives me some time to take the DAT in the summer perhaps? When is the best time to take it in time for Dental school applications? I'm relatively new and I cannot find a reliable, recently updated resource about a timeline, recommended coursework or class preparation for the DAT.

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MahiMahi

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The best time to take it is when you're ready!
I might go against the grain from what a lot of other people will say, but I think you should take it this summer. You need Gen Chem I/II, Orgo I/II and Bio I/II for the DAT, so I think it's better to take it this summer while the knowledge is closer to you. Physiology and biochem will be useful for dental school, and not so much for the DAT.
 

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I agree with the above post.
 

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Every course is based off of what you make of it. DAT is more generalized than specific so if you didn't take a course it's okay because if you're a self learner you can teach yourself and when you learn you'll have an advantage before taking the class. Best of luck!


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First of all, Go Blue!!

I agree with the comment above.

I went to Umich myself and I can tell you that even though the courses are good and will be helpful to provide you with basic information for DAT, you can not rely on them!! They are somewhat all over the place and too detailed.
Having taken Gen chem, bio, and orgo will definitely be helpful when you are studying for DAT. But, study specifically for DAT! Learn from Chad's video, DAT destroyer, and (my personal favorite) Crack DAT!

The QC was easy. As for PAT, you just have to do it over and over and over and over again.
 
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For the DAT: gen chem I and II, intro bio I and II, orgo I and II.

For dental school: advanced cell bio, microbiology, anatomy and physiology I and perhaps II if your school offers it. Note that these classes will just make your life a tad easier during your D1 year.
 
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