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Start Your Dentist Career Path  With
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Oral medicine or dental medicine typically referred to as dentistry, involves preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions of the mouth. Dentists are a type of healthcare provider most notable for performing dental check-ups, filling cavities, and performing oral surgeries. Curious about the path to becoming a dentist? Pathways to Admission will guide you through it. 


Steps to Becoming a Dentist From High School

Are you a current high school student with the dream of becoming a dentist? Many students begin to pursue their dentist career path during their final high school years. This includes compiling college lists, planning prerequisite enrollment, and more. Pathways to Admission can assist you with the entire process, taking some of the pressure and weight off of your shoulders to ensure you’re set up for success.

Process of Becoming a Dentist & the Dentist Career Path

Similar to other allied health careers like podiatry and pharmacy, to pursue a career in dentistry, you’ll need to complete a bachelor’s degree, attend dental school, and in some cases, complete a residency program. The typical dentist career path is outlined below:

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Completing your Bachelor’s Degree

Though it’s not officially required in order to get into dental school, a majority of accepted dental students first complete their bachelor’s degree. This includes prerequisites focusing on the sciences such as biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology.

Take and Pass the DAT

Similar to the commonly known MCAT, the DAT (Dental Admissions Test) is a test that pre-dental students take as part of the dental school application process. While both of these tests can be intimidating, Pathways will help you plan and prepare to perform your best.

Complete a DDS or DMD program

The process of becoming a dentist involves earning your DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) occurs over the course of four years at an accredited dental school which is an official program approved by the ADEA (American Dental Education Association).

Optional Residency Programs

Unlike other areas of medicine, completing a residency program is not always required for dentistry. Many students will still choose to enroll in a dental residency program in order to gain beneficial clinical experience. 

How Pathways Will Help You Earn Your Dental Degree

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  • Help you determine and review requirements for dental programs

  • Help determine the best path for you

  • Transcript will be reviewed along with other academic advising

  • Assist in developing college lists

  • Application timeline and completion

  • Essay preparation

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Interview Prep (if required)

  • What is nursing?
    According to the American Nurses Association: “Nursing is the glue that holds a patient’s health care journey together. Across the entire patient experience, and wherever there is someone in need of care, nurses work tirelessly to identify and protect the needs of the individual. Beyond the time-honored reputation for compassion and dedication lies a highly specialized profession, which is constantly evolving to address the needs of society. From ensuring the most accurate diagnoses to the ongoing education of the public about critical health issues; nurses are indispensable in safeguarding public health. Nursing can be described as both an art and a science; a heart and a mind. At its heart, lies a fundamental respect for human dignity and an intuition for a patient’s needs. This is supported by the mind, in the form of rigorous core learning. Due to the vast range of specialisms and complex skills in the nursing profession, each nurse will have specific strengths, passions, and expertise. However, nursing has a unifying ethos: In assessing a patient, nurses do not just consider test results. Through the critical thinking exemplified in the nursing process, nurses use their judgment to integrate objective data with subjective experience of a patient’s biological, physical and behavioral needs. This ensures that every patient, from city hospital to community health center; state prison to summer camp, receives the best possible care regardless of who they are, or where they may be.”
  • What does a BSN nurse do?
    A BSN nurse is a registered nurse who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. BSN nurses provide direct patient care in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. They work with physicians to assess patient health, diagnose illnesses, and develop treatment plans. BSN nurses also provide education and support to patients and their families, and assist in the management of care for individual patients.
  • Is there a difference between a BSN and RN?
    A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree program that prepares students to become a registered nurse (RN). An RN has completed either a two-year associate degree program or a three-year diploma program. The BSN degree provides a broader foundation of knowledge, which includes courses in leadership, research, and public health. BSN programs also offer more clinical opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience.
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Ginny is a warm and knowledgeable professional! As a former high school college counselor and pediatric nurse, she really understands how to relate to young adults. In addition, she knows the nuances of nearly every college and has relationships with many admissions counselors. This is a stressful time and having her navigate the path to a successful college match was invaluable. I recommend her highly.

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