Quantcast
5 Ways To Make Yourself A Strong Dental School Applicant | Undergrad Success
Academic

5 Ways To Make Yourself A Strong Dental School Applicant

5 Ways To Make Yourself A Strong Dental School Applicant

After making that exciting decision to pursue a career in the dental field, your next thoughts will inevitably turn to how exactly you should go about setting yourself up for success. Obviously, getting into the right dental school is going to be a large part of this, but what can you do to ensure that you get into the school of your dreams? Here are five steps you can take to help you get started on the right path. Good luck!

Step #1: Focus On Your DAT Scores

Of course, a high GPA in your undergraduate studies is one way to help yourself look good for dental schools’ admission committees. However, if you are returning to school or have only recently decided to pursue a career in dental after you’ve already graduated, then you may not be able to do much about your GPA.

The DAT (Dental Admissions Test) is an opportunity for you to offset a “so-so” GPA or to help you boost your application appearance. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of this test. Even if you have a strong GPA, dental schools will not take your application seriously if you do not have equally strong DAT scores.

You should be giving yourself a minimum of 3 months to dedicate towards your DAT prep, which usually means it will be best to schedule your test date for your junior year of college. This should give you enough time to study while also allowing time for any retakes before your application deadlines.

Step #2: Find A Volunteer Or Internship Opportunity

Having practical experience on your resume is another incredibly important step. Not only does it show your dedication, but it shows a familiarity in the dental environment that can give you a competitive edge. Try finding a local dental school clinic where you can volunteer and shadow dentists. It helps to find a position where you can work in the back with other dental students as opposed to simply working a front desk or receptionist position.

Step #3: Get Your Dental X-Ray License Or Serve As A Dental Assistant

This is similar to Step 2 except it goes a little further by getting you licensed. Getting the necessary licensure does take extra time and should only be done if it does not negatively impact your DAT prep or undergrad. However, it also gives you a significant edge over other students as it gives you direct experience in dentistry and patient care.

Step #4: Focus On Research Experience

Research experience in any field will be beneficial to your application, though experience in a related field is always best. Working in a lab or doing interview-based research are both great ways to boost your resume. It will show potential schools that you have experience with advanced thinking, and the skills required for any kind of research tend to span across most fields.

Step #5: Find Community Service Opportunities

Just like when you were applying to your undergrad, community service is always a bonus to an academic application. Find a cause that you are passionate about and commit to it for a prolonged period. You want to show potential schools that you care about helping your community and not that you’re just volunteering to boost your resume—even if that’s a major factor. It will help you demonstrate leadership skills as well as compassion, both of which are highly valued in any kind of medical field.


Academic

More in Academic

College Graduates: How to Deal with the Naysayers

myfootpathAugust 6, 2020

The Secret to Succeeding in Any College Course

Casey CorneliusAugust 2, 2020

Smart Money Moves For Recent Graduates

UGSuccessJuly 29, 2020

Memory Hacks to Ace Your Next Exam

UGSuccessJuly 27, 2020

“OMG You Can Do That?” How to Cite & Reference A Paper Using Word

gradberryJuly 26, 2020

How to Use Online Marketing to Advance the Muay Thai in Thailand for Business

UGSuccessJuly 24, 2020