Top 5 Tips to Get Admitted to Top Dental Schools
Dentistry is underrated. It is one of the highest paid professions in the U.S. It also offers numerous opportunities for career growth even without dental hygiene continuing education programs. Finally, it is fulfilling as long as you have a genuine interest in it.
A dental hygiene career is significantly shaped by the dentistry school you attend. Like any ambitious dental hygienist, you want to go to the best dentistry school you can find. However, slots are limited, and only a fraction of applicants make it in. the good news is that you too can make it in if you adhere to the following tips:
- Meet the Necessary Requirements
You have to meet certain academic requirements to become a dental hygienist. As such, be sure to work hard in high school and put more effort in sciences and other related subjects. Your desired dental school may also have certain requirements that all applicants should meet. As such, visit the school’s website, learn all about its culture and values, and try to conform.
- Get Some Hands-On Experience
No respectable dental school will take in applicants who don’t know what it is like to be a dentist – at least partially. It pays to have some experience. As such, it would help to volunteer at a dental clinic and work under the supervision of an experienced dental hygienist. This is especially important for those seeking dental hygiene continuing education.
- Prepare for Your Admission Test
Again, no respectable dental school will take in applicants without a clue about the practice. This is why every applicant is subjected to the Dental Admission Test (DAT). This test is conducted to determine an applicant’s knowledge about dentistry as well as his/her ability to learn more about the profession. It also gauges the applicant’s desire to become a dentist.
The test is specialized depending on the specialty you desire, which, in this case, is dental hygiene.
- Get Recommendations
One common thing about all elite schools (regardless of profession) is that they require letters of recommendation from all applicants. This will be required of you too.
Your reputation will be judged by the reputation of those who recommend you. As such, try to make contact with respectable authorities in the field including dentists and professors. The standard number of recommendations in most schools is four, but it helps to have more. Additionally, be sure to craft a superb personal statement that will earn the committee’s confidence.
- Apply Early
You will be competing against thousands of other applicants seeking to pursue a dental hygiene career. With this in mind, you should develop your submission early and post it immediately positions open up. This will give the committee time to go through it first and increase your chances of getting admitted.
Tip: Post your submission to several schools regardless of your preference – you can never be too sure!
As a dental hygienist, you will be responsible for putting a beautiful and healthy smile on your clients’ faces. Your career will be full of opportunities. However, if you want to make the best of it, be sure to follow these tips to get into one of the best dental schools.
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