Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Biology-Chemistry - Dentist

Preparing for a Career as a Dentist 

  • Course Work- All dental schools require a minimum of chemistry (4 semesters), biology (2 semesters) and physics (2 semesters). Many schools have additional requirements of math and English. It is always wise to check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply.

  • Experiences - Most schools look favorably upon experience that suggests that you have familiarity with the occupation you are pursuing. This experience fits into two categories.

    • Basic research - conducted on your home campus or at some other campus, research shows intellectual growth and problem solving skills that may lack from ordinary coursework.

    • Health care-related experience - job shadow a health care professional, get a summer job in a health care position, or participate in a meaningful volunteer experience.
  • Application process - the process is quite complex and has several steps.

    • DAT - the Dental Admissions Test
    • Four sections on the DAT:

      • 90 min. natural sciences (biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry
      • 60 min. perceptual ability
      • 60 min. reading comprehension
      • 45 min. quantitative reasoning

    • Total of over four hours of testing. Notice that there is no specific date for the test. All tests are independently scheduled at a Sylvan Learning Center.
  • There is a clearinghouse for dental school admissions as well. The AADSAS houses the application service. The service collects applications from students and then distributes the information to the dental schools you indicate. The dental school asks for supplementary info if desired.

  • Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)- is the application clearing house for medical schools in Texas.


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