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Steps to Becoming a Dentist
One of the most common questions I get is what was the process of becoming a pediatric dentist.
I love my career and look back at the process as being forged from fire. For each step there were
uniquely challenging hurdles and a significant amount of perseverance required. The
process involves 8-14 years of higher education: - Obtaining a bachelor degree (4
years) - Obtaining a doctorate degree (4 years) - If chosen, obtaining a specialty
certificate and/or degree (1-6 years)
A few great resources for those on the pre-dental
American Dental Association outline from high school to dental school
becoming a dentist: https://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/be-a-
Summer Educational Program for Underrepresented Minorities in Dental School:
Studentdoctor.net was a wonderful resource when I was applying for dental school and
residency. It had a lot of information (taken with a grain of salt) on the community
groups and multiple resources regarding interview prep. - Great Guide for Pre-Dental
Students: https://www.studentdoctor.net/how-to-get-into-dental-school/ Dental
hygiene is another career many in dentistry consider and involves: - Completing
prerequisites in college (approx. 2 years) - Associates degree (2 years) or a bachelors
degree (4 years) in dental hygiene
Resources on Becoming a Dental Hygienist: -
American Dental Education Association:
Pros/Cons of Dental
Hope this helps!
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You CAN Do This!
Dr. Niekia Franklin