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.
- 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
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 tesRead More ts: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning http://www.ada.org/en/home-ada/education-careers/dental-admission-test
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 care. TRead More he student must like learning math and science.
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/
|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|
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|Job Outlook, 2012-22||16% (Faster than average)|
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