How to become a Dentist? | M.D. International Studies

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How to become a Dentist?

In order to practice dentistry one must apply and complete a dentistry degree. However there are different requirements in different countries and even different schools.

In the United States, in order to become a dentist and be accepted to dentistry school in the US one must pass the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) administered by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). This exam measures comprehension of scientific information, perceptual ability and general academic ability. Most schools also interview candidates who can apply for admissions through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). A doctoral degree in dentistry usually requires four academic years which the first two include theoretical and laboratory studies, and the last two include actual patient treatment and practice and business management courses. Once a dental student has completed his or her studies they awarded the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

Generally speaking, most North American dental schools require at least: 8 course hours of Physics, 8 course hours Biology with lab practice, 8 hours Physics, 8 course hours of English, 8 course hours of general chemistry with lab work, and 8 course hours of organic chemistry with lab work. Some American dentistry colleges and programs require an undergraduate and most dental students have completed four years of college.

In Europe, the process is somewhat simpler. One could apply to dental school right out of high school. There is an entrance exam administered by the dental school which tests students’ knowledge of chemistry, physics and biology.

We at MDIS specialize in preparing students for the entrance exams required in Europe and the necessary theoretical scientific course knowledge required in the US. We invite you to contact us if you have any further questions on “how to become a dentist?”

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