what qualifications do you need to be a dentist?

Question by wohoooo.: what qualifications do you need to be a dentist?
yeah basically i was thinking about being a dentist, but im an idiot and i chose drama and art for my GCSE’s 😐 but i dont really know what you would need to be a dentist anyway? :// confused
help would be much appreciated 🙂

Best answer:

Answer by dr. yahoo!
In order to be accepted to an American dental schools, most candidates must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree as well as the pre-requisite courses.

The first 2 years of dental school consist mostly of didactic education as well as simulation courses. The last two years generally involve direct patient care under supervision. There tends to be much overlap in most schools’ curricula; the didactic years may have some clinical components while the last two years still have significant didactic coursework. During dental school, students must take and successfully pass Part I and Part II of the National Board Dental Examination (also known as “the Boards”), which is administered by the ADA. Part I is usually taken after the second year of dental school, while Part II is usually taken sometime in the fourth year


Graduation from an Accredited Program
The first step in practicing dentistry in the United States is graduating from an accredited dental degree program in the United States, Australia, or Canada. By reciprocal agreement, programs that are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, and the Australian Dental Council are recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, and vice versa. There are 57 approved dental schools in the U.S

Dental graduates have the option of pursuing specialty training. Currently, the American Dental Association formally recognizes 9 specialties:

Dental Public Health
Pediatric Dentistry
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


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