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Pre-Dentistry roberts

Local Dentist and Adjunct Faculty Member began education with SWCC
Dr. Erik Roberts received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the VCU School of Dentistry. Dr. Roberts received his A.A.&S. in Science from SWCC in 2003. He then transferred to Virginia Tech, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology in 2005. He joined the SWCC faculty in the Spring of 2006, and he currently teaches online laboratory courses in human anatomy & physiology and microbiology.
Dr. Roberts is with Richlands Family Dentistry. “Serving the dental needs of my home community has always been my goal, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to finally do so.” In addition to working full-time as a general dentist in Richlands, Dr. Roberts will continue his role as an adjunct professor for SWCC. “I look forward to remaining a part of the SWCC family and continuing to foster the development of online learning.”

A dental degree can start at SWCC!

You can start on your pre-dentistry degree by completing the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Science, Specialization: Pre-Medical at SWCC. Make an appointment with the Science Pre-Medical advisor.

Educational Pathway

After completing an Associates of Arts and Science Degree with a major in Science Specialization: Pre-Medical, you will continue your pre-dental study by transferring to a four year school. Most dental schools prefer candidates to have a bachelor’s degree before entering dental school. You can declare a major in any subject at the four year school to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree which Read More will require an additional two years. Your chosen major does not determine your success in being accepted to a dental school. After being accepted to dental school it will typically take a total of four years to be awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M). Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the dental schools you are interested in attending in order to insure you will meet all their criteria for admission. Some basic factors are:

  • Good undergraduate grades (overall GPA of 3.0 minimum)
  • Test scores (DAT)
  • True interest in profession as demonstrated by shadowing or volunteering in the field and this is very important
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Strong reference letters from professionals who know your character, as well as, your work ethic

What is the DAT?

It is Dental School Admission Test. It is a standardized test taken by students who are applying to dental schools. It will be similar to the ACT or SAT. It is a broad assessment of your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills — all skills developed over the course of many years, which includes your two years at SWCC. It consists of four Read More tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning http://www.ada.org/en/home-ada/education-careers/dental-admission-test

Important qualities for dentists

As in other health-related occupations, empathy, understanding and the desire to help others are good qualities for dealing effectively with patients. Decision-making skills, desire to learn, empathy, and interpersonal skills are also needed. Dentists must have fine motor dexterity and an eye for detail work. Patience is another quality needed to deal with patients anxious about dental car Read More e. The student must like learning math and science.

Is dentistry for you?

The student should shadow dentists and ask questions about the profession. Dentists diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and mouth. Dentists educate patients on how to care for their teeth and prevent oral diseases. Over 80% of dental graduates are general practitioners with 20% specializing in one of the nine recognized specialties in dentistry. Read More

Dental Schools

There are 65 dental schools in the United States. You can review them at the following site http://www.ada.org/en/home-ada/coda/find-a-program/search-dental-programs/dds-dmd-programs

            Schools in the Region:
            Virginia: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry – https://www.dentistry.vcu.edu/
            West Virginia: West Virginia University School of Dentistry –  http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/pages/

Quick Facts:

http://data.bls.gov/search/query/results?cx=013738036195919377644%3A6ih0hfrgl50&q=dentistry

2012 Median Pay $149,310 per year
$71.79 per hour
Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 146,800
Job Outlook, 2012-22 16% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 23,300