Dentists do more than diagnose and treat problems of the teeth, mouth, tongue, lips, and jaws.  They are sometimes the first health care professionals to identify a health problem and guide patients to additional medical care.  A variety of specialties allow dental students to tailor their career to their talents: some—like oral surgery—are largely medical; others—like cosmetic dentistry—require aesthetic capabilities.  From pediatric to geriatric dentistry, there are many opportunities to improve the health and quality of life for patients.

Student Resources

Professional Associations and Accreditation

Entrance Exam

Dental schools require the Dental Admission Test as an entrance exam. Learn more about the DAT here.

Selected Regional Programs

Important Note:

Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements