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Those who did not get in, what did you do for the year?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by irishpint, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. irishpint

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    I'm curious what people who didn't get in did for the year. What would keep me out would be my grades and DAT (oh, that's all?). I plan to retake the DAT but dont know what I can do about the grades at this point. After I graduate are there some programs specially designed for people in my shoes? What did you do for the year? I think more classes/some kind of program would be a good idea.

    -IP
     
  2. food4thots

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    yeah.. these programs are called post bac's
     
  3. irishpint

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    Since I know nothing about them...
    1) where can you take them?
    2) are you going for a degree or just for the classes?
    3) how does GPA calculate (varies from school to school im sure)
    4) when do you have to apply? I mean I wont know that I need to take more classes until like April if I dont get in. It's not like applying to grad school and taking the GRE, is it?

    HELP I SUCK!!
     
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    don't worry, that's what these forums are for.. to seek advice/help from others.

    there are a handful of postbac programs.

    1. where? various locations (ucsf, baylor, temple to name a few) some programs are formal others are informal, meaning there are commitments or not.
    2. usually they are just undergrad classes to help bring up ur gpa or retaking classes u did poorly on. u can earn a 2nd baccalaureate degree if u take enough classes (similar to double majoring)
    3.GPA should be calculated just like your undergraduated courses.
    4.every school has a different timeline in terms of appliaction. you google "post bac" to find out which schools are available around your area and its timeline. no, i don't think u would need to take the gre.

    things to note:
    *some schools do require that you have had applied to dental school unsuccessfully

    *some require that you are from a disadvantaged background

    *some require a 1 yr commitment in their program
     
  5. irishpint

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    i found one site that was good at finding these programs but I got the impression they were for 'career changers', people who needed the pre-reqs. Since I dont, I didn't think it was what I was looking for. Interesting...thanks.
     
  6. SirShagaLot

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    1) pretty much any major university
    2) some go for a masters, but the majority take a semester of grad. level
    classes such as chem, microbio, ect..........or 2 semesters, or whatever, depends on how much time u have. the idea is to a) increase your gpa, and b) demonstrate the ability to handle the workload and do well, 3.75 - 4.0 ?

    3) i don't know
    4)u could get in next semester (spring semester), depending on registration deadlines. with the whole april situation thats a gamble. and no , u don't have to take an entrance exam, at least i don't think u do..


    keep in mind, this is just how it is at the university im prob going to do it at
     

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