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How do I get into college for dentistry or nursing and then what do I do after college to make more than 90k a year?

I love science, I have a 4.0 GPA, and next year I'll be going into my sophomore year in high school.

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Emma’s Answer

Hello Martina,

If you're thinking about a career in dentistry, the journey usually begins with earning a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. After that, you'll need to pass the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and apply to accredited dental schools. Dental school is a four-year commitment, leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Once you've graduated, you'll need to get a state license to start practicing dentistry. To boost your income, consider gaining experience and maybe even specializing in areas like oral surgery or orthodontics. It's also worth thinking about starting your own practice or finding a work environment that matches your career aspirations. Many dentists make over $90,000 a year, especially once they've built up their practices and patient bases.

On the other hand, if nursing is more your style, your educational path will depend on the degree and specialization you choose. You could go for an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), or an accelerated BSN if you already have a non-nursing bachelor's degree. To become a licensed registered nurse, you'll need to pass the NCLEX-RN exam. It's important to get experience in a variety of healthcare settings, and you can also look into specialization through certifications or advanced nursing roles. If you're interested in leadership roles or want to increase your earning potential, consider going for higher degrees like a master's or doctorate in nursing. To make more than $90,000 a year as a nurse, it's key to build a strong network, stay up-to-date with healthcare trends, and strive to excel in your field.
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Becky’s Answer

Hi Martina,

It sounds like you are a hard worker and an ambitious young woman. It also sounds like you are on the right track, building your base and foundation for any field that you might pursue. I will answer your question about nursing. To have a competitive edge, I would recommend that you balance the social and natural sciences and to have a strong foundation in both branches. It also will help to do some volunteer work in a medical setting such as a hospital, medical office, nursing home.

Reach out with any questions.

Good Luck.
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Craig’s Answer

One thing students tend to forget or neglect is the fact that they will need letters of reference from their teachers and peers. I've written a few in my time as a college professor. The more information that a teacher or peer has about you, the stronger the impact of the letter they can write about you. So, look out for people who can act as references and cultivate a relationship with them. Obviously, you must do well in your studies. But also share your resume with them. Ask them for career advice. Talk to them about your career plans. Talk to them about their own career interest. It isn't sucking up. It's networking! Develop non-academic references as well. In a competitive situation, any bit of positivity helps.
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Tiffani’s Answer

Hey there! A bunch of my friends are curious about Dentistry, but most of them are focusing on Biology. To be honest, I believe that any STEM-related subject can lead you to a career in Dentistry. When it comes to Nursing, I know that many nursing programs can be quite competitive, but don't let that get you down! I have a buddy who's studying Nursing and another who's into Exercise Science while also being interested in nursing. So, pick a science that fits your career goals and remember to take it easy – you've got plenty of time!
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Melissa’s Answer

Hi Martina,
Congratulations on your 4.0 GPA! As you are entering your Sophomore year of high-school attempt to keep that GPA throughout your junior year and senior year. When you apply to colleges, these are important into acceptance. When applying have references provided from any volunteer work that you have completed, so you may show your applied colleges the work completed with in an organization to show your interest in what ever field you choose to follow. I am a Nurse for over 16years, I tell my children focus on science and technology and you will have a career any where in the world. When you have been accepted to your specific college and program continue your hard work and it will pay off in the future. I can speak for only Nursing, as I am a Registered Nurse. The advancement in this field is so wide and you can begin as a clinical nurse and have the option of retaining your doctorates in nursing. Remember you want to enjoy your career everything else will fall into place.
Best of luck!
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