Start Building Your "Resume"

As a dentist, you are expected to acquire specific skills as well as degrees that assist you in the theoretical aspect of your career. These skills include:

  • Dedication to various causes
  • Involvement and commitment
  • Leadership and management
  • Communication skills
  • Research and scientific inquiry

Working alongside a dentist will strengthen your leadership skills and help you gain insight about daily tasks. You will also learn about a dentist's lifestyle and how they balance their life with career. As an undergraduate student pursuing a career in dentistry, you must volunteer in a healthcare setting for at least 100 hours.

This will provide the written proof of your fluency in scientific inquiry and writing, both of which are skills that support a student pursuing a career as a dentist. Research is also helpful for being able to publish writing in scientific journals.

Talking to dentists will guide you in understanding this career from a student's point of view. You can search for dentists through dental related professional organizations such as ADEA and ADA (American Dental Association).

This will demonstrate the student's commitment to a cause and/or community.

IU East Majors to Consider

Students are suggested to major in the following fields if interested in attending dentistry programs. 
  • B. A. in Natural Science & Mathematics (Biology)
  • B.S. in Biochemistry
  • B.S. in Biology
  • B.S. in Human Life Science

Programs of Study at IU East


Dentistry School Programs

Indiana University

Ohio State University

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Iowa

University of Missouri Kansas City

University of Illinois

Midwestern University Downers Grove

Case Western Reserve University

University of Nebraska Medical Center

University of Detroit Mercy

The Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

After completing the necessary coursework and before applying, you are required to take the DAT. Test must be taken eighteen months prior to being admitted by your preferred dental school program. This test is continuously administered throughout the year and consists of four main sections. 

  • Natural sciences
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Perceptual Skills

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