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Okay so I have decided I am interested in dentistry and I do see myself as a dentist. What necessary means of actions do I need to take to get there from where I am now?

I am at University of Sciences in Philadelphia, PharmD major, a second year.
I already took a
-whole year of Chemistry
-whole year of Biology
-whole year of math
-one semester of physics
Currently taking
-whole year of Organic Chemistry - not doing so well
-one semester of anatomy -not doing so well
-one semester of microbiology

What courses or prerequisites am I missing?

Do I need to change my major to predental?

Do I need to get a bachelors to apply to dental school or can I apply once I finish all the prerequisite courses needed and take the DATS(not get a bachelors, just 3 years of undergrad)?

When I apply to dental school, do I need to declare my major as predental or can I declare my major as Pharmacy -will that look bad(colleges might think I am not serious about pharmacy)?

If I do need to obtain a bachelors, should I stay at my school(private, well recognized science school that is very very hard, I don't know if I can get a high GPA here being in the PharmD program, my GPA will only decrease, but I'll be in the PharmD program here as backup in case I don't get into dental school)?

Or should I transfer to Rutgers, a state school as a predental major and obtain my bachelors there and try to get a higher GPA there?

How competitive is it is get into dental school?
What stats are considered good or appropriate to get into dental school?
Are extra years of school besides the 4 years of dental school required?
Do I have to do a residency?

Is it better to go to a well recognized private hard science school and get a lower GPA and not transfer and just finish it out here and get a degree here at USP.

or

Is it better to transfer to a cheap state school(Rutgers) for the next 2 years and get a bachelors here and get a higher GPA?

Thank you and I'm looking forward to your responses! ANY information would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Okay so I have decided I am interested in dentistry and I do see myself as a dentist. What necessary means of actions do I need to take to get there from where I am now?

I am at University of Sciences in Philadelphia, PharmD major, a second year.
I already took a
-whole year of Chemistry
-whole year of Biology
-whole year of math
-one semester of physics
Currently taking
-whole year of Organic Chemistry - not doing so well
-one semester of anatomy -not doing so well
-one semester of microbiology

What courses or prerequisites am I missing?
Most schools require 1 year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and english. All schools differ slightly on their requirements and a lot of schools have recommendations as well. I would check out the individual school sites of where you consider applying just to make sure. However, on the whole, you are on the right track. It is important that you do well in the courses you are in now. The first thing you need to worry about right now is ding well in Anatomy and Organic chemistry! Without good grades, your chances go down drastically.
Do I need to change my major to predental?
There is no specific "predental" or "dental" undergraduate degree. All dental schools require is that you complete the prerequisites, and in a round-about way, that you have a Bachelor's degree.
Do I need to get a bachelors to apply to dental school or can I apply once I finish all the prerequisite courses needed and take the DATS(not get a bachelors, just 3 years of undergrad)?
The way dental school admissions work is that most people will apply during the summer after their third year of school. Interviews will occur during the fall and winter, and acceptances will go out beginning December 1st. Enrollment will begin the following fall, so most people will have completed their bachelor's degree. All that the schools require is that you have completed the prerequisite's prior to matriculation.
When I apply to dental school, do I need to declare my major as predental or can I declare my major as Pharmacy -will that look bad(colleges might think I am not serious about pharmacy)?
You will declare your major as what it is. I could be wrong, but pre-dental is more of a route than a major. You can continue as a pharmacy major and still apply to dental school.
If I do need to obtain a bachelors, should I stay at my school(private, well recognized science school that is very very hard, I don't know if I can get a high GPA here being in the PharmD program, my GPA will only decrease, but I'll be in the PharmD program here as backup in case I don't get into dental school)?

Or should I transfer to Rutgers, a state school as a predental major and obtain my bachelors there and try to get a higher GPA there?
I'm not really sure what to say for this, but I think I covered it previously. Let me know if you need more clarification.

How competitive is it is get into dental school?
What stats are considered good or appropriate to get into dental school?
Are extra years of school besides the 4 years of dental school required?
Do I have to do a residency?
Dental school is pretty competitive currently and only getting more competitive. Yes, an application is more than numbers, but in my opinion, in order to be 'competitive,' shoot for a 3.5 science GPA, and a 20+ on the DAT. You should also work on having extracurricular activities, dental experience, and in general, just a balanced application.

As far as extra years, there are specialties in dentistry which require future training, however, you can practice as a general practitioner in most states straight out of dental school. There are a few states (NY is one of them, and I believe Delaware is another) where you will need to complete a 1 year GPR or AEGD. Residencies are only require for specialties and in a few states, as previously mentioned.

You can look up the specialties on google if you are interested in what their time commitment is.
Is it better to go to a well recognized private hard science school and get a lower GPA and not transfer and just finish it out here and get a degree here at USP.

or

Is it better to transfer to a cheap state school(Rutgers) for the next 2 years and get a bachelors here and get a higher GPA?
You probably won't like this, but in my opinion it wold be better to remain at your school, and maintain a higher GPA. Yes, I know some schools are tougher, but if you had the tools to make it there, I believe you have the tools to be successful there. However, in general, I do believe a high GPA is important, so if you have to transfer to get a higher GPA I would do that. If you want to transfer for monetary reasons, I don't think schools will have a problem with that, and Rutgers is still a very good university.

I hope this helps, and good luck!

Thank you and I'm looking forward to your responses! ANY information would be greatly appreciated.[/QUOTE]
 
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As you can probably tell by my name, I made the switch from pharmacy to dental as well. :laugh:

Are you in a 2+4 program now? As in, have you already been accepted to your pharmacy program? I'm just wondering where you're sitting seeing as you're a second year and are pursuing a pharmD degree. If you're in your second year of pharmacy school, I'd stay in it and I've never heard of switching at that point.

It might help to share your GPA of what you've made in those pre-req courses you listed. It'll help to see if you're on the right track or not. I'll tell you that getting into dental school is a lot more competitive than pharmacy school in general.

Follow what you want to do, I'd suggest spending a few days shadowing a pharmacist and a few days shadowing a dentist and trying to gauge what you want to do the rest of your life. Both are great careers.
 

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Why? How? When?
she decided pharm wasn't enough money/prestige for her..and that if she does dentistry (which is the same number of years) she will make more money and will open up an ortho office and rake in about a million bucks instantly lol..probably has the misconception that dentists are stupid and that if so many 'stupid' dentists are doing well, then she being smarter, will do much better than them if she were to become a dentist

i love these premed/prepharm kids who mindlessly switch paths thinking that they are going to just fly by in dentistry and that dent is somewhat easier and is automatically going to be more money than pharm or med..

look at the questions she is asking: 'How competitive is it is get into dental school?' and 'Do I have to do a residency?' Are extra years of school besides the 4 years of dental school required?

she obviously knows nothing about dentistry and she is switching to dentistry because she subscribes to the chain of thought I described in the 2 earlier paragraphs

im gonna laugh so hard when i meet depressed dentists later on in my life who became a dentist cause they thought that they would be a rich ortho with little effort or something along those lines and thats why they didn't do medicine and their buddies who went to med school made more money than them

gotta love these naive predental kids lol.
 
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she decided pharm wasn't enough money/prestige for her..and that if she does dentistry (which is the same number of years) she will make more money and will open up an ortho office and rake in about a million bucks instantly lol..probably has the misconception that dentists are stupid and that if so many 'stupid' dentists are doing well, then she being smarter, will do much better than them if she were to become a dentist

i love these premed/prepharm kids who mindlessly switch paths thinking that they are going to just fly by in dentistry and that dent is somewhat easier and is automatically going to be more money than pharm or med..

look at the questions she is asking: 'How competitive is it is get into dental school?' and 'Do I have to do a residency?' Are extra years of school besides the 4 years of dental school required?

she obviously knows nothing about dentistry and she is switching to dentistry because she subscribes to the chain of thought I described in the 2 earlier paragraphs

im gonna laugh so hard when i meet depressed dentists later on in my life who became a dentist cause they thought that they would be a rich ortho with little effort or something along those lines and thats why they didn't do medicine and their buddies who went to med school made more money than them

gotta love these naive predental kids lol.
What an ignorant post. Guess what, all of these health fields are related and it's not uncommon for someone to switch between dental/pharmacy/medical. I don't necessarily take those questions as her trying to get off easy.

Hopefully I'm within my grounds even replying to you, o worthy pre dent.
 

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she decided pharm wasn't enough money/prestige for her..and that if she does dentistry (which is the same number of years) she will make more money and will open up an ortho office and rake in about a million bucks instantly lol..probably has the misconception that dentists are stupid and that if so many 'stupid' dentists are doing well, then she being smarter, will do much better than them if she were to become a dentist

i love these premed/prepharm kids who mindlessly switch paths thinking that they are going to just fly by in dentistry and that dent is somewhat easier and is automatically going to be more money than pharm or med..

look at the questions she is asking: 'How competitive is it is get into dental school?' and 'Do I have to do a residency?' Are extra years of school besides the 4 years of dental school required?

she obviously knows nothing about dentistry and she is switching to dentistry because she subscribes to the chain of thought I described in the 2 earlier paragraphs

im gonna laugh so hard when i meet depressed dentists later on in my life who became a dentist cause they thought that they would be a rich ortho with little effort or something along those lines and thats why they didn't do medicine and their buddies who went to med school made more money than them

gotta love these naive predental kids lol.
There's no need to be so elitist/judgmental/presumptive :lame:

OP, I agree with most of Maygyver's points. Your biggest priority right now is keeping your grades up, and definitely getting exposure to the field via shadowing with a dentist and, if possible, some specialists. In terms of what stats are "good", there are many factors that make an applicant appealing, including research experience, ECs, personal history, etc. If you just want some raw numbers, I'd say a 3.5+ GPA and a 21+ DAT makes an applicant very competitive. Just IMO though. Good luck.
 

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I would stick to pharmacy if I were you. Much more comfortable as a profession. All you have to do is tell people to fill the prescriptions, and double check their work.

Smooth sailing if you ask me....
 

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hopefullyadent,

You have been generally rude and disrespectful in every thread I've seen you in. If you're not going to contribute then just STFU, you troll.
 

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she decided pharm wasn't enough money/prestige for her..and that if she does dentistry (which is the same number of years) she will make more money and will open up an ortho office and rake in about a million bucks instantly lol..probably has the misconception that dentists are stupid and that if so many 'stupid' dentists are doing well, then she being smarter, will do much better than them if she were to become a dentist

i love these premed/prepharm kids who mindlessly switch paths thinking that they are going to just fly by in dentistry and that dent is somewhat easier and is automatically going to be more money than pharm or med..

look at the questions she is asking: 'How competitive is it is get into dental school?' and 'Do I have to do a residency?' Are extra years of school besides the 4 years of dental school required?

she obviouslyknows nothing about dentistry and she is switching to dentistry because she subscribes to the chain of thought I described in the 2 earlier paragraphs

im gonna laugh so hard when i meet depressed dentists later on in my life who became a dentist cause they thought that they would be a rich ortho with little effort or something along those lines and thats why they didn't do medicine and their buddies who went to med school made more money than them

gotta love these naive predental kids lol.
This kind of post is a fast-track to a ban. You provided zero helpful input.

you wrote:
"she decided pharm wasn't enough money/prestige for her..and that if she does dentistry (which is the same number of years) she will make more money and will open up an ortho office and rake in about a million bucks instantly"

huh? I didn't sense this AT ALL from the OP's initial post. MAYBE this is how you feel about dentistry, and to each his own, nothing wrong with thinking or loving monetary gains, but at least next time, provide some + comments or honest opinions to your fellow SDNers.
 
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Thank you everyone for your responses!

And hopefullyadent, you have no right to judge me and to be so assured I am pursuing dentistry for monetary gain. As a matter of fact, I am pursuing dentistry because I feel it is more hands on and will fit my personality better. And obviously dentistry is more harder than pharmacy and it is not the same amount of years. Pharmacy will take me total 6 and dentistry will take me 8 years, why would I think I will just fly by.... Perhaps you should get your facts straight before making prejudgments. I don't know a lot about dentistry because I am not predental right now, I am still a PharmD major and that's why I am researching about dentistry and asking questions about dentistry and trying to gain from knowledge from this very helpful forum where people with dental experience can share important information and appropriate opinions. Duhh...

To Destiny11, I decided I was interested in dentistry because I feel like I would be making a more direct hands on impact on my patients and I like to operate with my hands. And I have been thinking about this for a year now.

To ugapharm, I am in a 0 to 6 program, so as long as I meet the GPA requirements I am already in the pharmacy program, no PCATS or application required. I am a second year preprofessional not P2 graduate which would be my 4th year. My freshman GPA was a 3.4 and math science was a 3.2 but my sophomore classes I am taking now like organic and anatomy are definitely bringing me and my GPA down because the school is trying to weed people out of the pharmacy program, especially in the second year so it's super hard.

This is why I am unsure as to stay in my school and possibly suffer and die and barely make a 3.5 science gpa with my pharmacy curriculum. If I stay at my miserable no social life hard science school, I will have a secure seat for pharmacy in case I don't get into dental school yet at the same time my gpa may suffer since in order to stay in pharm, my curriculum requires that I complete the following by third year:

Physiology I & II
Princ. & Applicat Immunology
Biochemistry
Orientation to IPPE
Pharmaceutical Calculations
Intro to Clinical Pharmacy Skills
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Biostatistics
IPPE Community Practice I

And the following my fourth year to receive a bachelors in pharmaceutical and healthcare studies:

Pharmaceutics/ Biopharmaceut I
Pharmaceutics/Biopharm Lab
Princ. Med Chem/Mol. Pcol
Nonprescription Therapeutics
Healthcare Elective***
Pharmaceutics/Biopharma II
Pharmacy Management
Pharmacology I
Research Design/Drug Information
Healthcare Elective**

And these courses as stated by my upperclassmen friends are very rigorous and will bring down your GPA which will risk my dental school acceptance.

Options:

1) So I am caught between transferring to a state school like rutgers and complete my predental track there and working really hard to bring my GPA up

2)or staying at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at USP with a seat in pharmacy in case for backup but deal with rigorous pharmacy courses (not related to dentistry) and have my GPA suffer(how do I know it won't suffer at Rutgers? It might but more likely will not as much since the classes won't be pharmacy based and will be easier).

3)Or give up my pharmD seat, stay at USP and switch my major to biology or something and have my GPA suffer a little less than staying in pharmacy curriculum?

Factors to consider:
USP Pharmacy tuition will increase although I am not paying that much because of scholarship, but rutgers would be moderately cheaper
I hate my school, no social life, sciences schools are so hard, no college experience but I am near a city!
A lot of my friends transferred out.
USP is a recognized science school but I heard Rutgers had a good premed/predental program?
I really hate my school environment and how small it is, everyone is a science major, not the best feeling.
Do I want backup, or do I want to go through with dentistry head on, do I want a sense of security in case I don't get into dental school?

But in regards with the ultimate goal of being successful, which option would your choose and what advice would you give me?

And with my stats right now and completed coursework( I think I am just missing a full year of physics), do you think I should keep pursuing dentistry and that it is within of reach for me?

Thank you, I will greatly appreciate the advice!:)
 

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Can you just stay at your current school and change your major? My school really tried to weed people out too, but you just have to make sure to study hard and know the material. I feel like it will prepare me better for a heavy load of courses at dental school, but the decision is really up to you.
 

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To Destiny11, I decided I was interested in dentistry because I feel like I would be making a more direct hands on impact on my patients and I like to operate with my hands. And I have been thinking about this for a year now.
You really don't own anyone of us an explanation as to why you want to be a dentist. A simple "because I like it" is more than enough.

This is why I am unsure as to stay in my school and possibly suffer and die and barely make a 3.5 science gpa with my pharmacy curriculum. If I stay at my miserable no social life hard science school, I will have a secure seat for pharmacy in case I don't get into dental school yet at the same time my gpa may suffer since in order to stay in pharm, my curriculum requires that I complete the following by third year:
suffer? die? from a 3.5 sGPA? boy (or girl:laugh:) are you misinformed. Last time I checked, a 3.5 sGPA is a strong and competitive GPA for dental schools. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either (a) on crack or (b) doesn't know wtf theyr talking about.

There is another thing I'd like to say, there is no need to start thinking about "second options just in-case dental school doesn't pan out".... thats the WRONG attitude to have.... You need to focus all of your discipline into getting into dental schools. Trust me, don't simply settle for pharmacy if dentistry is what you want, you'll be miserable through out pharm school and who knows, it could lead you to drop out.

Options:

1) So I am caught between transferring to a state school like rutgers and complete my predental track there and working really hard to bring my GPA up

2)or staying at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at USP with a seat in pharmacy in case for backup but deal with rigorous pharmacy courses (not related to dentistry) and have my GPA suffer(how do I know it won't suffer at Rutgers? It might but more likely will not as much since the classes won't be pharmacy based and will be easier).

3)Or give up my pharmD seat, stay at USP and switch my major to biology or something and have my GPA suffer a little less than staying in pharmacy curriculum?

Factors to consider:
USP Pharmacy tuition will increase although I am not paying that much because of scholarship, but rutgers would be moderately cheaper
I hate my school, no social life, sciences schools are so hard, no college experience but I am near a city!
A lot of my friends transferred out.
USP is a recognized science school but I heard Rutgers had a good premed/predental program?
I really hate my school environment and how small it is, everyone is a science major, not the best feeling.
Do I want backup, or do I want to go through with dentistry head on, do I want a sense of security in case I don't get into dental school?

But in regards with the ultimate goal of being successful, which option would your choose and what advice would you give me?
IMO, #2 is best. What happens if you spend more time with dentistry (I dunno, have you started shadowing yet?) and realize you don't enjoy it as much as you thought? And then realize that pharmacy is your true calling? You have a good thing going for you... don't throw it away. Most people will give up a body part to be where you are.

And with my stats right now and completed coursework( I think I am just missing a full year of physics), do you think I should keep pursuing dentistry and that it is within of reach for me?
Of course you should.
 

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To Destiny11, I decided I was interested in dentistry because I feel like I would be making a more direct hands on impact on my patients and I like to operate with my hands. And I have been thinking about this for a year now.
Why not podiatry? What attracted you to pharmacy in the first place? You definitely have the ability to pursuit dentistry. I am just asking because you will have to show your passion for dentistry in your PS and interviews.
 

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Why not podiatry? What attracted you to pharmacy in the first place? You definitely have the ability to pursuit dentistry. I am just asking because you will have to show your passion for dentistry in your PS and interviews.
I am sure the OP has considered the career and will further investigate it. At this point, she is just asking for advice and information.
 

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it's not our job here at SDN to try and weed out applicants. don't worry, those who are not in it for the right reasons will, sooner or later, weed themselves out.

best of luck to the OP.
 

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it's not our job here at SDN to try and weed out applicants. don't worry, those who are not in it for the right reasons will, sooner or later, weed themselves out.

best of luck to the OP.
:thumbup:
 

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I would stick to pharmacy if I were you. Much more comfortable as a profession. All you have to do is tell people to fill the prescriptions, and double check their work. Smooth sailing if you ask me....
That's like saying dentistry is only about drilling.

Pharmacy will take me total 6 and dentistry will take me 8 years, why would I think I will just fly by.... Perhaps you should get your facts straight before making prejudgments.
To ugapharm, I am in a 0 to 6 program, so as long as I meet the GPA requirements I am already in the pharmacy program, no PCATS or application required. I am a second year preprofessional not P2 graduate which would be my 4th year. My freshman GPA was a 3.4 and math science was a 3.2 but my sophomore classes I am taking now like organic and anatomy are definitely bringing me and my GPA down because the school is trying to weed people out of the pharmacy program, especially in the second year so it's super hard.

This is why I am unsure as to stay in my school and possibly suffer and die and barely make a 3.5 science gpa with my pharmacy curriculum. If I stay at my miserable no social life hard science school, I will have a secure seat for pharmacy in case I don't get into dental school yet at the same time my gpa may suffer since in order to stay in pharm, my curriculum requires that I complete the following by third year:
While 0/6 programs have been increasing in numbers throughout the country, you are nonetheless, fortunate to be part of one. In the past few decades, the pharmacy schools enrollees have had a higher and higher percentages with a B.S. degree, not unlike ds. If you are worried about the degree of difficulty in p3 and up than you may have to consider the fact that whatever upper division courses you will be taking, they will not get any easier then the intro courses required (pre requisites) for admission. Aside from the obvious advantage of having a good knowledge of drugs and diseases as a pharmacy will serve as a pretty good "back up plan" should you decide dentistry is not for you or should you have difficulty with the admission process. Moreover, there are not many degrees that command the kind of wages that comes with being an RPh. Incidentally, the social life in ds is not exactly better than the one you are envisioning for pharmacy school.
Professional schools are not in the business of weeding out students; that decision is ultimately made by each individual.
 

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You really don't own anyone of us an explanation as to why you want to be a dentist. A simple "because I like it" is more than enough.


I partially agree with you dentalWorks...
Some people on this thread are just being arrogant, and need to chill out. But I would just recommend that the OP really see what dentistry is about before jumping on the pre-dent boat. Dentistry is a very appealing profession from numerous aspects, however, I would suggest that anyone interested in ANY field go out an volunteer in their field of interest in order to ensure that it is right for them.

If you have to take some additional classes here and there and have to take an extra year of school, big deal. In the end, a year won't matter if 35 years from now you totally hate your job. So my point is- before you make a life-changing decision, expose yourself to dentistry and make sure that it is truly something that you are interested in (ie. volunteering in a clinical or research setting, wherever your interest lies).

I for example realized that I didn't want to go to medical school in my freshman year for a variety of reasons. Being artistic and good at things that require manual dexterity, I considered dentistry. From there, I went out in the field and saw what dentistry was all about. In the end, grades are essential, but what's really more important if for you to KNOW that that is what you want to do. Who cares what some of these other people have to say- they are just on like a power trip and trying to defend dentistry as being just as competitive as the other fields.

Dentistry is just as hard as pharmacy and all of the related fields. The pivotal point that you should focus on is not one of academic requirements, but rather determining what field is truly the right one for you. Can you see yourself counting pills and being administrative, or, interacting with patients and working meticulously inside their mouths? Whether your a pharmacist, an optometrist, a dentist etc. you will make money. But in the end its about you being a quality practitioner: someone who truly puts his or her all into it because of his or her love for the profession.

OP, I am not saying that you have not already shadowed and dentist or somehow looked into the field of dentistry. But if you have yet to thoroughly do so, I hope that you heed my advice, as I feel it is essential for you to do so for yourself and for those you will care for as a health practitioner.

Best of luck to you.
 
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Yes I am doing as much research as I can to find my true calling. As for pharmacy it is hard to shadow the different fields of pharmacy since there are so much different areas, so far I only had the opportunity in a CVS for retail pharmacy, I will try to see if I can shadow in industry pharmacy. For dentistry I have shadowed a dentist and I like it very much

The only aspect is that you are starting your own business and I don't know if I want that much independence and how long it will take me to open up an office and start a business and gain clients and I don't know if I would want to be working in a office all my life, where as for pharmacy especially industry traveling can be involved.

Dentistry is very independent, you working with patients and hygienists and your receptions, otherwise you don't really have much coworkers where in pharmacy, there might be room for that.

Does anyone know about 7 year dental programs? How competitive it is to get in it?

And if they accept transfers cause I thought they only accept high school seniors :/
 

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Yes I am doing as much research as I can to find my true calling. As for pharmacy it is hard to shadow the different fields of pharmacy since there are so much different areas, so far I only had the opportunity in a CVS for retail pharmacy, I will try to see if I can shadow in industry pharmacy. For dentistry I have shadowed a dentist and I like it very much

The only aspect is that you are starting your own business and I don't know if I want that much independence and how long it will take me to open up an office and start a business and gain clients and I don't know if I would want to be working in a office all my life, where as for pharmacy especially industry traveling can be involved.

Dentistry is very independent, you working with patients and hygienists and your receptions, otherwise you don't really have much coworkers where in pharmacy, there might be room for that.

Does anyone know about 7 year dental programs? How competitive it is to get in it?

And if they accept transfers cause I thought they only accept high school seniors :/
Although >90% of dentists are in private practices, there are other options for someone with a degree in dentistry. If you don't want to start your own business, you can work in a CHC, IHS, military, research, education, or even consulting. Please do check out the different specialties in dentistry (endo, perio, ortho, OMFS, pedo, prostho, public health) in addition to the general dentist you have shadowed.
 

DoCt0rPeTe

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Jun 17, 2009
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Pre-Dental
Does anyone know about 7 year dental programs? How competitive it is to get in it?

And if they accept transfers cause I thought they only accept high school seniors :/

I am on the East coast, and have checked into the 7yr programs over hear in my soph yr (I am a senior who just applied to Dschool). They do not accept transfers.