If you’re interested in the human mouth and how all its parts — teeth, gums, jaw, tongue and more —function, you could be the perfect fit for a career in dentistry. Pre-dentistry is not a major, but this specialized, liberal arts-focused plan will help you gain the primary knowledge that is necessary for your advanced studies in dental school.
Pre-dentistry is not a major, but it is a plan of study to begin your career in dentistry. By combining the prerequisite classes for dental school with any major on campus, you’ll find that your comprehensive education is exactly what dental schools are looking for. You'll work with an advisor within the UND College of Arts & Sciences to develop a play of study that will prepare you to succeed in dental school. Some classes required for dental school are:
- Organic Chemistry
- English Composition
- College Algebra
Preparation for dental school and its entrance exams is vital during your undergraduate years. To help you prepare, UND recommends that you speak to dental professionals and read widely about the profession you want to enter.
Internships — Dental schools require a minimum of 100 hours of firsthand exposure to the profession, so it’s recommended that you participate in job shadowing, volunteering and/or working in a dental office if possible.
Clubs and Organizations — Many pre-dental students participate in UND’s Pre-Dental Club. By exploring the world of dentistry, students can gain more insight to the field. The Pre-Dental Club sponsors lectures by local dentists and makes visits to dental schools in the surrounding region.
With a faster-than-average growth rate for dentist employment, you can be assured of a good chance at quality employment after dental school. As studies continue to link oral health to overall health, dentists will continue to see an increase in public demand for their services.
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