Dentists examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. They may treat conditions affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. They may fit dental appliances, provide preventive care, and improve a patient’s appearance. Graduates of dental school earn either a dental medical doctor (DMD) degree or a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree, which are equivalent. Additional training is required to become an orthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or prosthodontist.

Suggested undergraduate majors: Biochemistry, Physiology. Applicants may need additional courses in Anatomy, Microbiology, and Physics.

Graduate training: Four-year professional program; additional training for specialists.

American Dental Association resources for students:
American Dental Education Association (ADEA):

Finding a dental program:
Dental school admissions:

Standardized test: Dental Admission Test (DAT):

Associated American Dental Schools Application Service:

Please note: this page provides information for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.