How To: Become a dentist

Become a dentist

Does dentistry sound of interest to you? If you don't mind spending the day in other peoples' mouths, dentistry might just be the career for you. In this video, learn what steps need to be taken to break into the field of dentistry.


• An undergraduate degree
• Application fees
• Passing test scores
• A dental school degree
• A state license to practice

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.


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.

Tip: The first evidence of dentistry appeared 9,000 years ago.

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