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How is dental school structured within the course of 4 years?

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I am a senior in high school who is interested in pursuing a career as a dentist and hopefully open my practice one day. #dentistry #high-school-classes

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Sajan’s Answer

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Hi Tamika. The answer to question is not straightforward because each school has their program/syllabus set up differently, But, generally speaking, the first two years involves a lot of science classes- anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc. Also, in the first two years, the students learn to work on fake teeth, learn the basics of dentistry, and develop their hand skills so that they have practice before they work on actually teeth in patient's mouth. The last two years, they work on real patients and do actual dentistry. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have further more questions.
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Sheila’s Answer

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Hi Tamika:

Every dental school has different requirements and applicants should fully research the institution they plan to apply to.

In addition to the previous comments, before attending dental school, a future dentist will typically obtain a bachelor's degree and must complete prerequisite undergraduate courses with labs in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics; and coursework in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and English composition.

Best of luck to you on your journey!

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA): https://www.asdanet.org/utility-navigation/Publications/Getting-Into-Dental-School
  • US News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/how-to-get-into-dental-school-and-become-a-dentist
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA): https://www.adea.org/GoDental/Application_Prep/Preparing_for_Dental_School.aspx
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