The first steps toward a career in dentistry.
The pre-dentistry focus is an advising program to help students select courses and become well prepared for application to dental school.
The steps toward your career as a dentist begin by taking the required pre-dental courses, completing your undergraduate degree, and gaining valuable experience. At a minimum, coursework will include chemistry, physics, biology, and organic chemistry. Common pre-dentistry majors include biology, medical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, psychology and nutrition. You will also need to complete community service hours and seek out opportunities to shadow dentists in order to evaluate your interest in the profession and build a well-rounded application.
Completing these steps are prerequisites for applying to dental school for four additional years of specialized training.
This program is a good fit if you:
- Enjoy science and math
- Are a good problem solver
- Enjoy working with your hands
- Like to work with people and to help others
- Are interested in dental health
With this preparation track, you could become a:
- Dentist (DDS)
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