Skilled dentists employ precision psychomotor skills with the aesthetic sense of an artist to maintain a healthy smile or treat diseases of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth. Because they treat people, not just mouths, a great dentist has strong interpersonal skills, including a desire to help patients and give back to the community.
Dental school will help you gain an understanding of the profession through rigorous coursework as well as clinical experiences that will put you on the path towards one of eight specialties including orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, and dental public health.
D.D.S. or D.M.D.
Professional Schools’ Organization
American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
Academic Admission Requirements
Minimum three years undergraduate; B.A. or B.S. preferred; One year each: inorganic chemistry (Chem 1 & 2) and organic chemistry, physics, biology, and English. calculus and upper-level biology recommended.
Other courses may be required or recommended depending on the specific medical school. This information is in the Dental Admission Requirements (DAR), published yearly by the ADEA.
Dental Admission Test (DAT)
Letters of recommendation from a pre-health professions advisor are required, and may be kept confidential. Some schools may require additional letters of support.