Our children have the power to become whatever they want to be when they grow up. Whether it be a dentist, teacher, or musician; if our kids can dream it they can do it. Though dreams are much more easily accomplished if our children have a plan set in place that will help guide them towards their goal. If your child wants to have a career in dentistry or possibly work as a super dentist one day, they should know a few things first.
The Bachelor’s Degree
Ultimately every dentist needs to go to dental school, but before this they must earn a bachelor’s degree. Depending on the dental school, some will allow students to apply after two or three years of undergraduate study, though most require a BA as a prerequisite to admission. Dental schools do not require that an applicant studies a certain field, though preference and advice suggest that students should study a field such as biology, physics, or chemistry.
Take the Dental Admission Exam
Those wishing to apply to dental school must first take the Dental Admission Test. This exam will test applicants’ knowledge of pertinent scientific information. This test score along with a student’s GPA, letters of recommendations, and if need be an interview, will all play a factor in determining which dental school a student is admitted to.
A DMD or DDS degree typically requires four years of schooling. During these four years students will learn the ins and outs of dental science.
Just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you’re qualified as a dentist. Aspiring dentists must first obtain a license, which requires a two-part exam. Each state’s exam may differ slightly but all require that applicants pass the National Board Dental Examinations.
Once all the tests have been passed you may finally fulfill your dream of providing patients with laser dentistry and fluoride treatments. For any questions feel free to ask your super dentist located in the San Diego, Oceanside, Eastlake, and Kearny Mesa area.