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Discussion in 'Dental' started by oopsession9, Jul 11, 2001.

  1. oopsession9

    oopsession9 New Member

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    Hello everyone. I went to school to be a dental assistant and I been doing that for 2 years. I was thinking about going back to school to be a dentist. I'm not really sure where to start and I don't want to ask my doctor cause I don't what him to think I am leaving. I do know that I have 3 years of free college and I love what I do, but I think I would be happier on the other side of the drill.
    What kind of B.S. I should get? or if I need one. Pre-dental courses are only 2 years long and that CAN'T be enough to get into dental. Can it? I would love any information anyone could give me.
    Thank You!!!
    -J-
     
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  3. Dr. Pedo

    Dr. Pedo Senior Member
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    Hi,

    First of all congrats on wanting to pursue your passion. I feel your position/experience as a dental asst. will only help you in your journey to dentistry.

    Here is what you need to do to get accepted. You must have 90 semester hours of undergrad work. Higher than 85-90% of dental students have a 4 year degree. As far as whether to pursue a B.S. or B.A. degree---it doesn't matter, just get a degree that you can perform well in. A gpa of 3.3+ and a science gpa of 3.3+ should be adequate. (obviously some get in with lower and higher GPAs.) Sometimes it is easy to pursue a Biology degree----due to the amount of prereqs. you are required to accomplish before applying to dental school. Those prereqs are:

    1 year of Biology
    1 year of Physics
    1 year of inorganic chemistry
    1 year of organic chemistry
    1 year of English/writing
    College math---some school req. Calculus
    Many dental schools want to see some psychology classes on your transcrips.
    Of course after the reqs. you must take the DAT. (Dental Admission Test) This test is comprehensive of every prereq. except physics. The test is given at Sylvan testing centers nearly everyday of the week. It is roughly a 4hr. 30min test.

    Then you will you complete the application process which includes: (this can be done before the DAT is taken----infact an early app. is helpful. The first date you can send an app. is June 1.---the year before you enroll.) 3-4 recommendations, a personal statement (page long and explaining you unique"ness" and reasons for choosing dentistry.) and finally the interviews with the admissions' department of your intended schools.

    In my experience attending an accred. 4 yr. univeristy to do your prereqs. and degree----is best. Although you can do SOME prereqs. and General education courses at a community college, I wouldn't do all of them there. Any courses you took for dental asst. training is 99% unlikely to pass for prereqs.

    This in a nut-shell is the path you will take. I'm sure I missed a detail here or there, but generally speaking----this is it.

    Good luck on your journey, don't let the curriculum discourage your vision of your dream/passion.

    R.R.B
     
  4. oopsession9

    oopsession9 New Member

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    Just wanted to write and say thanks for the help!!
     

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