Please note: This is an informational page for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.
Becoming a dentist requires four years of undergraduate study, normally following a pre-med track. Prerequisite courses include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry. Students should be able to demonstrate leadership and participate actively in community service. The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is required for admission. Once accepted, two years of didactic courses precede two clinical years. Upon graduation, dentists will need to take the two-part national licensing exam as well as a state clinical licensing exam in the state in which they desire to practice.
Dental schools are accredited by the ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and are typically 4 years in duration, with additional years for dental specialties.
Most programs require the following:
- Bachelor's degree
- Dental Admission Test
- Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Interview
- Dental Office Shadowing Experiences
- Completion of the following course work:
- Biology w/ lab, Physics, English, General Chemistry w/ lab, Organic Chemistry w/ lab
After completing dental school, dentists must pass the National Board Dental Examinations to receive licensure. Additional requirements depend on the state.
Content provided by PPHS students Becca Gorrie and Emma Honeyman