DaVinci's Man



Dentists diagnose and treat diseases of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth. They are also trained to recognize a number of systemic diseases that manifest symptoms within the oral cavity to be referred to the appropriate physician. Eight specialties include orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, and dental public health.
A Day in the Life of a Dental Student
ADEA GoDental
ADEA GoDental Workshop and Recruitment Fair, March 12, 2016
ADEA Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
American Dental Association (ADA)
American Student Dental Association (ASDA); Webinars
Application Prep
ASDA News Monthly Newsletter
Becoming a Competitive Dental Re-applicant
Canadian Dental Association
Choosing a Dental School
Colgate-Palmolive Co. Dental Scholarships and Awards
Creighton University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Dental Program
DAT Newsletter (click on DAT Newsletters and Resources)
Deciding Where to Apply
Dental Blogs
Dental Forums on Student Doctor Network (SDN)
Dental School Interview Feedback on Student Doctor Network (SDN)
Dental Tribune
Dentist Career Guide
Dentist Career Overview
Dental Career Paths
Dentist Career Profile
Dentist Career Profile Two
Dentist Career Profile Three
Dentist Interview
Dentist Job Profile
Dentist Occupational Outlook
Dentistry 101
Dentistry Overview
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program (for residents of North Carolina)
Financing Options
Financing Your Dental School Education
Hispanic Dental Association
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program
Interview Tips
Letters of Recommendation
Life After Dental School
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
Massachusetts Dental Society
Mouth Magazine of Current Topics in Dentistry
National Dental Association
National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF) Scholarships
National Museum of Dentistry
Ohio State U. College of Dentistry DENTPATH Program
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Applicant Information Sessions (last Friday of each month)
Paying for Dental School
Postbaccalaureate Programs
Predental Timeline
Preparing for the DAT
Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dental Scholars Program
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Gateway to Dentistry Program
San Francisco State University - University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry Dental Post-Bac Program
Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships
Shadowing in a Dental Office
Should I Take a Gap Year?
Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program (SPEP) for College Students
Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP)
UCLA School of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
UCLA School of Dentistry Pre-Dental Volunteer Opportunities
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Tours (first and third Fridays monthly)
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Medical/Dental Preparatory Program
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Passport to Dentistry Program
University of Florida College of Dentistry Summer Learning Program (for Florida residents)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Development Program
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Predental Clinical Simulation Course
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Introduction to Dentistry Summer Course
Worcester District Dental Society
(Additional dentistry links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)


D.D.S., D.M.D.


4-7 years, depending on specialization.


ADEA (American Dental Education Association)
Dental Schools
U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools


ADEA AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service)
FAP (Fee Assistance Program)


Minimum three years undergraduate; B.A. or B.S. preferred; one year each: General & Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English, Calculus & Upper-level Biology recommended.
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. dental school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.


DAT (Dental Admission Test)


Evidence of inquiring independent thought, interest in continued education, motivation toward dental career, good interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and interest in the community; appropriate psychomotor skills, concern for people, social awareness; evidence of understanding of the profession through experiences in clinical settings; psychomotor skills to perform technical tasks in dentistry, service and desire to help others.


Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.