What are some tips for getting into dental school?
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Most dental schools have very specific requirements. In addition to the academic requirements list here (https://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/be-a-dentist/applying-for-dental-school) you will need to
1. Shadowing - schools require anywhere from 25-100 hours of dental shadowing. This is where you would be in an actual dental office observing patient care and procedures. Start off by asking your current dentist, or cold call dentists in your area and introduce yourself.
2. Letters of recommendation- Schools usually require three letters of recommendation.
3. DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
Although it is geared toward military veterans this is a great website https://www.dentalveterans.com/requirements
Natalie Fein, MSeD, NCC, DCC
Depending on where you are at in your education makes a difference. According to the American Dental Association, https://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/be-a-dentist/applying-for-dental-school , you will need to successfully complete:
8 hours Biology with lab
8 hours Physics
8 hours English
8 hours General Chemistry with lab
8 hours Organic Chemistry with lab.
Usually, to achieve organic chemistry and physics, you will need to be be complete Pre-Calculus or Higher. While you don't need to be a science major, you do want to follow a pre-med curriculum.
A year before you apply to Dental Schools, you will want to take the Dental Admission Test.
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