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Preparing for Dental School - Majors and Classes

by Linh Phan • 23,341 views

Hi Everyone! So I thought I'd take a little time and ramble about little things you can do to prepare for dental school. Below are classes that are required/recommended. Again, disclaimer - I am...

Hi, Linh. I am currently still doing my undergraduate prereqs, and i want to be a dentist so much. I live in Florida, and i want to possibly go to a dental school in Texas. My question is, because it's and out-of-state school, will they except my credits? i don't want to have to take classes over because my credits aren't accepted. I understand that you cam from California, and went to school in New York. How was the credit transfer for you? Were there any problems. Please get back to me.
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+Safa Hujurat You're not transferring to dental school so you don't have to worry about transferring credits.  You just need to finish your classes and apply to dental school, like you applied to undergrad
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I had taken a high school anatomy and philosophy does that count or do I need to get one from college as well
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How much does dental school cost
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I was wondering since you went to NYU what were the classes the dental school required? Because I also wanted to go to NYU for the dental program
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hey linh . Your videos are really helpful . I am accepted by 2 CUNY schools (queens and hunter ) My question is, Are CUNY schools are good for prereqs ? If yes, then which one is better (queens and hunter )  ?
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its been a little time since i am watching your videos, they are good, informative and helpful. you are intelligent honest and good person. keep up the good work. my wishes
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i really want to be an orthodontist and i cant handle any surgery, do you know if you do surgery in dental school??
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To become an orthodontist, you have to become a dentist first.  So that means learning and doing everything that a dentist would do.  Drilling, extracting, scaling and rootplaning teeth. So the quick answer to your question is, yes there is surgery in dental school.
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i'm like a nervous wreck. what about math classes. do i take advanced algebra? or idek. im panicking. hahah
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@cutefilly21 From high school, I applied to 4 year undergraduate colleges. I went to San Diego State University. Then from there, you apply to dental schools. At NYU, I know that if you go to their undergrad, there's a 7 year program you can link into. I think you do required courses and such for 3 years and the program continues into 4 years of dental school. I'm not sure if other schools do similar things.
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@cmgeary1892 I put in a couple of hours each day after school and more if I was struggling with a subject. And a few more hours on the weekend as well. Study as much as you need to, enough so you understand the material well.
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@DoomSoulcalibar You're still in high school so you have a long way to go. Take the courses you need, get into a university, take all the required and recommended courses.
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@admoonhermiz1 Let's shoot for A's because the average applicant GPA that gets accepted is more or less 3.5
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How many dental school do you recommend on applying to?
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hi...i really liked your videos, they are very informative.. i had a few concerns...how many semester hours are required for the pre requisites...and is it fine to complete the pre requisite in a community college rather than goin to a univeristy...??? i plan on doin 60 semester hours for my pre requisites from a community college.....do you think with these semester hours I would qualify to apply for a dental school...???
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One of the schools I know used to do a 6 year program if you went there straight out of high school. I think they have gotten rid of it though.
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Hello, I was just wondering at what point does one need to take the DAT. What is the content of the DAT? Please reply back! Love your video!
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If you didn't have AP classes in high school, you would just have to take the beginner classes in college. So if you did take the AP classes, it could save you a semester or two, but if not you just have to take them in college.
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did you take these classes in your universtiy before applying to dental school? I'm at a community college do you think I can take those classes here before going into dental school or should I go to the university and take the classes are there and then apply to dental school? lol.
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Do you need a 4.0 to apply for dental school? I mean would you withdraw(W) a class if the grade's going to be a B; is W worse?
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@cubanaestrella You should check with the NYUCD website or contact the admissions office for exact requirements. As for taking the DAT early, yes you can take it early. You get your scores right after you finish the exam, right when you hit submit. And if you're not happy with your scores, you can take the DAT again in 3 months.
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Holy crap did you go to sdsu because I'm pretty sure our advisor is Barb something... I'm also considering applying for dental school and that is why I know.
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@cibolahighschool It depends on the school. For example, USC even though it's not listed as a requirement, has not taken anyone without a undergraduate degree. So check with certain schools that you want to apply to. Some require a degree, some strongly recommend.
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I am in high school and I've decided I really love dentistry. I love how it has a surgeon kind of role, deals with hygeine, and helping people look their best while dealing with health issues at the same time. I am an average student who has to study hard for the grades I get. Can I get into dental school with a major in something that I could excel in like Health Science and then do really well?
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your so cute i wish i was in your class
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How long does it take to reapply after being rejected ?
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Dude, you need to work on your school work. Grades are really important and you need to be serious about school. And yes you can, and I think you would need to talk to an academic adviser to point you in the right direction on what courses to take.
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I'm andental hygienist adult student going to school parttime and trying to get into dental school hopefully nyu also! I was wondering if I could get in even though I don't go to school full-time? can I volunteer at yr school?
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Hi, when should i take the DAT? Right after i graduate from college or towards the end of my junior year in college? (undergraduate)
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hey i have few questions for u. Would taking pre-requesits and doing an AA in dental hygene in a community college would have an impact getting an admission into dental school? please reply ASAP. Thanks.
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Not trying to be negative. But a 1.77 won't even get you into uconn if you don't improve your GPA at community college, my university requires a 2.5 minimum to transfer. That 2.5 won't be anywhere close to good enough to be accepted for dental school though. Most dental schools are around a 3.45-3.65 average GPA for the accepted students.
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Hi Linh, can you make video about how to prepare for DAT test ? Which materials should be studied? Which course should we take to prepare like KAPLAN ? Or any other advises and experience for us to have a high score in DAT ? Thanks Linh :)
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@Jyimiao You don't need a 4.0 to apply. But the higher your GPA, the better. Don't just withdraw from a class because you're going to get a B. Average GPA to apply/get accepted to dental school is >3.5-3.6.
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How, how did you decide to go into dentistry? I want to be a dentistry but i am really scare of having some really bad teeth....and i don't know how to handle it because of disgust. what prepared you for it?
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Hey Lin I'm a fan yr great thanks for the info! Hope it's not rude to say but u didn't say what yr stats are? Dat gpa, just wondering what a good candidate like u looked like on paper?
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I really appreciate your advice , thank you !
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Not necessarily, schools like diversity. A friend who is in optometry school had some communication and psych majors in his incoming class. But unfortunately, 2 communications majors that started have already failed out (after first semester). It is possible, it just depends on the person.
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@mulan2012 If you want it bad enough, you'll find a way to get over it. Everything is possible if you believe so, at least that's what I think.
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I have a question can I apply to dental school in my senior year if Im not ready to apply in my junior year of college?
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@mdaniels84 You just try the sizes on and she which one fits snuggly but isn't too tight. I sometimes wear a xsmall latex when I need my gloves to be a little tighter and not have so much excess at the tips, but most of the time I wear a small. As for sterile gloving... every time you leave the operatory you're supposed to remove your gloves, and when you come back put new gloves on. I hope that answers your questions.
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@blankable1 You need to get good grades either way. The thing is, if you're having a hard time getting As in your science classes now, you might struggle in dental school. So that's why dental schools recommend taking heavy science classes so you can strengthen yourself. But if you want to major in anything else that's fine too. I have music majors, engineering majors, epidemiology majors, math majors in my class. So it doesn't hurt you. Just make sure you have a strong science background.
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what about mark?? Ithink it should be above 85% right??
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@MegaBobbygreen Sure I'll try to make a video about that some time. Thanks for watching :)
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so does that mean you applied to nyu for your first 4 years of undergrad, then you continued on with their grad dental program?
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Job shadowing is important too. check out my video on Job Shadowing a dentist.
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@batmanpronz Aww... Is there more to your package than great scores and grades? :( And hey, you never know that one interview can be it. :)
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@jeffrey71028 Take the DAT when or before you apply. And you apply a year before the year you plan to matriculate. IE, don't apply the summer right before you want to enter, apply the year before that. If you want to go to dental school right after undergrad, apply and take the DAT the summer before your senior year.
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@Nebula501713 There are some scholarships out there but you have to find them and it depends on the school. There are also scholarships out there -- ex. military scholarship, community clinics, etc. But if you don't have a scholarship, you'll have to take out loans. You can take out enough loans to cover tuition and living expenses. You don't have to pay anything back until after you graduate, but interest starts to accumulate the second you take out the loan. Hope that helps, good luck.
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@chavezsrh Try googling DAT, I think that will give you more specific information that I can. And you should try to take your DATs before you apply. And you apply a year earlier than the year you plan to matriculate.
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@linhphandds Okay. Now I am keeping in mind that you are a student lol. but do you have any info or advice for the DAT or what your profile looked like for a good dental student canidiate? if that makes any sense. lol also what they ask you in the interview?
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And shadow, be involved in the community, take on some important roles in student organizations would be good too (president, VP etc. in things like Student government, Fraternity/Sorority, clubs, etc.). They like well rounded students.
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i think i love you , in a thanks for your advice kind of way lol , also your hot
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I am going to college and I want to be a dentist is it hard in college to become a dentist are the class hard if so what class is the hardest and how much do I have to study.
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I saw you on 2012 adea official guide
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thanks for the video!!! very useful information :) . I'm almost done with my bachelor's in business and to be honest with you its kind of scary switching from business to dental school, i still have to take most of the classes you talked about such as biology and chemistry so we will see what happenssss
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@kundibeater352 I honestly believe that you want something bad enough you'll make it happen. So if you want to go to dental school, you'll find a way to get there. Work hard and you'll be where you want to be. Sorry if that's cliche, but that's all there is to it.
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@batmanpronz It's okay, when I was applying, I felt like I wasn't going to get in anywhere. I didn't get my NYUCD interview until February. And that was after almost all of the other schools rejected me. Keep your head up and stay positive. :)
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@linhphandds i'm sorry one more question, how much amount of studying did you put in? thank you!! :)
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@guessonetheory Yes I took these classes at my university before applying. If the classes are offered at your community college, go for it. But just keep in mind, some dental school require a 4 year degree from a university.
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Hello, I am a high school student deciding on which major I should take and well I am mostly interested in this career. I was wondering a few things. I know this question may seem unusual but it does concern me. If you make it to dental school, do they offer financial aid? Or would you have to pay out of your own pocket. And if they do, does the aid also cover living expentures?
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how many years in college do i have to take?do i need a bachelors deggre or an associates?please help
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@linhphandds hey! thanks a lot for providing your insights on dental school, i live in nyc and im aspiring to attend a dental school, can you please tell me other dental schools which you had applied to? and what was your gpa in college? can you tell me the score that you would have to get on a DAT test? and because its nyu and its known to be expensive, do you think its easier to get into than a cheaper dental school such as stony brook??
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Thank you so much Linh, the two videos were really helpful...
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do you know what the DAT requirement is for NYUCD? if you take the DAT a year before applying, will there still be an opportunity to retake for a better grade?
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@cmgeary1892 If you're not naturally good at science, you're just going to have to work harder than everyone else. If you want something bad enough, you'll work for it and make it happen. :)
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would being a interior design major while taking all my other required classes for dental school be a bad idea?
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can you have a job while getting a biology major in collge and is it possible to get a job in dental schooland i also wanna know whats a good gpa to enter dental school
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hello im a junior in high school and my gpa is a 1.77. my question is: can i still get in into a dental school if i go to a community collage for two years then transfer out into a school like uconn? and if yes want kind of courses will i have to take in the community college im going to...
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@nkaohmong @nkaohmong Check out the video where I talk about the DAT towards the end. As for NYU, I don't have anything else to compare it to. I'm not going to lie, it's tough -- but I think all dental schools are hard -- but I'm learning a lot so it's worth the effort.
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