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Should I go into Pharmacy or Dentistry?

Currently, I am enrolled in a community college, and hopefully, by next year, I will be done with my associates. Then I will transfer to a university to finish my biology degree, and after that I'm not sure the pros or cons of either going into the pharmacy or dentistry program? #dentistry #pharmacy #dentist #pharmacist

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Donna’s Answer

There are a few things I think are important to consider. Pharmacists are typically not direct health care providers, although roles are changing. They are involved with various services regarding management of medications people take, assuring their safety and appropriateness.

While dentists are direct care providers, performing dental diagnostic and treatment plans.

You should decide whether you would prefer one over the other.

Also, consider the educational requirements of each.

<span style="color: rgb(60, 64, 67);">The education requirements for becoming a dentist are completing a bachelor's degree, passing the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), and completing four years of study to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine. You must obtain licensure from your state board of dentistry to practice in the profession.</span>

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A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is required in order to become a pharmacist in the United States. Before you enter the Pharm.D. degree program, you'll need to complete prerequisite coursework in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. These requirements can be completed in two to three years, although you can choose to complete a four-year bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related topic.

It typically takes about four years to complete a Pharm.D. program.


I personally, have enjoyed my career as a pharmacist helping to provide safe and effective medication therapy for patients, as well as providing guidance and drug information to other healthcare professionals.

Donna recommends the following next steps:

I recommend that you check out the coursework in each program and compare them to see which interests you most.
Contact schools and ask questions that you come up with to further help you make your decision.
Try to find students enrolled in both programs and ask about their experiences.
Look at the projected job markets for each profession to ensure that there will be demand, growth and job security.
Best wishes as you pursue your dreams!

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London Doyoung’s Answer

Pharmacists are experts in drugs and dentists are experts in teeth. It comes down to what would you enjoy being an expert in?

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Lynn’s Answer

What do enjoy most about each profession?