Preparing for a career in dental medicine

Dentists are healthcare providers focused on prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the oral cavity. In addition to a clinical work, dentists educate patients on oral health and manage the daily activities of a dental office.

As a predental student, you will need to build a strong foundation in the sciences, as well as good communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills. You should plan your college education with the goal of building a diverse set of skills, and select a major that challenges and interests you. Advanced coursework in the humanities and social sciences can be very helpful for developing your intellectual skills in these latter areas.

Experiences beyond the classroom, such as volunteering and job shadowing, are also important in shaping your future career as a dentist. Consult this Guidebook often for help navigating your path to dental school.

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Preparing for dental school can be challenging, but we are here to help. This guidebook, as well as our advising services, will help you make a solid plan for your success.