- Step 1: Take science classes Take chemistry, math, and other science classes in high school and maintain a high grade point average.
- Step 2: Get an undergraduate degree Earn a college degree with pre-dental courses.
- Step 3: Search for dental schools Look for dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and learn their admittance requirements.
- Step 4: Take the Dental Admissions Test Pay the application fee and pass the Dental Admissions Test.
- TIP: Follow all rules and regulations for the test; otherwise your scores may be voided and you'll have to wait two years to retest.
- Step 5: Complete dental school Finish two years of classroom and lab work and two years of supervised clinical work.
- Step 6: Obtain your license Take the appropriate exams in the state where you wish to practice dentistry. Before taking the test, find out the state licensing requirements.
- FACT: The first evidence of dentistry appeared 9,000 years ago.
You Will Need
- An undergraduate degree
- Application fees
- Passing test scores
- A dental school degree
- A state license to practice