Prehealth

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Dentistry

DESCRIPTION

Dentists diagnose and treat diseases of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth. They are also trained to recognize a number of systemic diseases that manifest symptoms within the oral cavity to be referred to the appropriate physician. Eight specialties include orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, and dental public health.
ADEA AADSAS Application Tips
ADEA AADSAS Participating Dental Schools Required and Recommended Courses
ADEA Enrichment Programs Calendar
ADEA GoDental
ADEA GoDental Virtual Fair, May 23, 2019
ADEA Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
Air Force Dentist Career Information
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD); AAPD Conference, May 23-26, 2019
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP); AAP Annual Meeting, November 2-5, 2019
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation (AAPF) Scholarships
American Association for Dental Research (AADR)
American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)
American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD); AAWD Conference, September 26-28, 2019
American College of Dentists (ACD); ACD Annual Meeting, September 4-5, 2019
American Dental Association (ADA); ADA Meeting, September 4-8, 2019
American Student Dental Association (ASDA); ASDA Webinar Schedule
Application Prep
Application Timeline
Army Dental Corps
Background Checks
Canadian Dental Association
Choosing a Dental School
Coast Guard Dental Officer Career Information
Community Service Information
Competitive Dental Re-applicant Information
Creighton University Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program
DAT Preparation Information
DAT Scores by Dental School
DAT Study Plan Advice
Day in the Life of a Dental Student
Deciding Where to Apply
Dental Blogs
Dental Forums on Student Doctor Network (SDN)
Dental Medicine as a Career
Dentist Career Guide
Dentist Career Overview
Dental Career Paths
Dentist Career Profile; Profile Two; Profile Three
Dentist Interview
Dentist Job Profile
Dentist Occupational Outlook
Dentistry Career
Dentistry 101
Dentistry Overview
Discussions with Dentists
Diversity and Inclusion Resources
Diversity in Dentistry
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program (for residents of NC)
Financing Options fpr Dental School
Gap Year Advice
Gap Year Before Dental School
Gap Year Considerations
Gap Year in the Eyes of Admissions
Get Into Dental School
Hispanic Dental Association
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program
History of Dentistry
Indiana University School of Dentistry Information Session, July 19, 2019
International Dental Student Tips
International Student Information
Interview Advice
Interview Feedback on Student Doctor Network (SDN) (select "Interview Feedback" in individual entry)
Interview Practice Questions
Interview Preparation
Interview Question Preparation
Interview Questions
Interview Tips
Interview Tips and Preparation
Letters of Evaluation
Life After Dental School
Life of a Dentist
Loan Types for Dental School
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Summer Programs
Manual Dexterity Importance
Marquette University Biomedical Sciences Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program (BMPD)
Massachusetts Dental Society; Worcester District Dental Society
National Dental Association (NDA); NDA Convention, July 17-21, 2019
National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF) Scholarships
National Museum of Dentistry
Navy Dentistry Careers
Nontraditional Dental Applicants Information
Non-traditional Student Resources
Ohio State U. College of Dentistry DentPath Program
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Applicant Information Sessions (last Friday of each month)
Paying Back Your Dental School Loans
Paying for Dental School
Paying for Dental School Advice
Paying for Dental School Guide
Paying for Dental School Info
Paying Off Dental School Debt
Periodontics Careers
Personal Statement
Postbaccalaureate Programs
Predental Timeline
Predental Timeline Info
Research Experience
Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dental Scholars Program
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Gateway to Dentistry Program
Scholarship Links
Scholarships and Awards, Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships
Shadowing
Shadowing and Internship Importance
Shadowing Dentists as a Predental Student
Shadowing Experience Tips
Shadowing in a Dental Office
Shadowing Prepares You for Dental School
Shadowing Success Tips
Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID); SAID Student Scholarships; SAID Conference, June 5-9, 2019
Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP)
Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA); SCDA Student Awards
Student Loans for Dental School
Student National Dental Association (SNDA); SNDA Scholarships; SNDA Convention, July 18-21, 2019
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for College Students (SPEP Collegiate II)
Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
UCLA School of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
UCLA School of Dentistry Pre-Dental Volunteer Opportunities
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program
University of Connecticut Dental Preparatory Program
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Passport to Dentistry Program (scroll down to "Passport to Dentistry")
University of Louisville School of Dentistry Information Sessions, June 21, July 26, and September 13, 2019
University of Louisville School of Dentistry Open House, May 28, 2019
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Dental School Prep Course
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Open House, June 15, 2019
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Development Program
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Predental Clinical Simulation Course
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Introduction to Dentistry Summer Program
Volunteer Abroad and Medical Mission Trips
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities at Free Dental Clinics (scroll down and click on "Information for Clinic Volunteers")
Volunteer Opportunities for Pre-Dental Students
Volunteer Opportunities Listed by the Chicago Dental Society
Volunteer Opportunities with Global Dental Relief
Volunteer Opportunities with International Smile Power
Volunteer Opportunities with Mission of Mercy
Volunteer Opportunity Search
Volunteering for Dental Nonprofits: Smiles on Wings; America's ToothFairy (National Children's Oral Health Foundation)
Worcester District Dental Society
Yankee Dental Congress, January 30 - February 1, 2020
(Additional dentistry links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)

DEGREE

D.D.S., D.M.D.

PROGRAM LENGTH

4-7 years, depending on specialization.

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS' ORGANIZATION

ADEA (American Dental Education Association)
Dental Schools
U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools

APPLICATION SERVICE

ADEA AADSAS (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service)
Application Fees
Fee Assistance Program

ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum three years undergraduate; B.A. or B.S. preferred; one year each: General & Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English, Calculus & Upper-level Biology recommended.
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. dental school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.
ADEA AADSAS Participating Dental Schools Required and Recommended Courses

ADMISSION EXAM

DAT (Dental Admission Test)
DAT Fee Waiver Information

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCES

Evidence of inquiring independent thought, interest in continued education, motivation toward dental career, good interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and interest in the community; appropriate psychomotor skills, concern for people, social awareness; evidence of understanding of the profession through experiences in clinical settings; psychomotor skills to perform technical tasks in dentistry, service and desire to help others.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.