Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 at Shoreline.
Use the AS-T Track 1 Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.
A typical next step would be to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year school, then apply for Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) programs during your senior year or after completing the Bachelor’s degree. Although a Bachelor’s degree is not required for all dental schools, very few students without a Bachelor’s degree are selected for admission.
Where can I go for help?
Program Faculty Advisors
206-546-4575 email@example.com Rm 2821
206-546-4572 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 2817
206-546-4505 email@example.com Rm 2823
206-546-4692 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 2822
206-546-6984 email@example.com Rm 5229
For course information and entry codes, contact:
General Academic Advising
FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229
9000 Building, Rm. 9302
Where can I transfer for a Bachelor’s degree?
The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing (please see the AS-T Track 1 Degree Planning Guide for a list of schools) The courses recommended to prepare for a Dentistry program align well with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology; however, a science-related major is not required to apply to most Dentistry programs.
Where can I study Dentistry?
The only school in Washington state that offers a Dentistry program is the University of Washington, Seattle campus.
What courses should I take?
This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your pathway. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.
General Education - 18-20 Credits
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Humanities and Social Sciences - 15 Credits
Select one course from the Humanities course list, one course from the Social Sciences course list, and a third course from either list.
Pre-Major Requirements - 29.5 Credits
Pre-Major Requirements - 15-21 Credits
Select any two biology, chemistry, or physics sequences from the list below to complete the AS degree; DDS programs require all three sequences.
Biology: BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 212 , BIOL& 213
Algebra-based Physics: PHYS& 114 , PHYS& 115 , PHYS& 116 , -OR-
Calculus-based Physics: PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223
Chemistry: CHEM& 241 /CHEM 271 , CHEM& 242 /CHEM 272 , CHEM& 243 /CHEM 273
Electives - Microbiology and Biochemistry
These courses are not required for the AS-T degree. They are prerequisites for the Dentistry School, and are often taken after transfer to a university. Dental schools may have additional required courses, such as Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry. This varies by school. The University of Washington requires two microbiology courses (e.g. BIOL& 260 and BIOL 277 ) and biochemistry (at SCC this is CHEM 255 and CHEM 256 .).
Biology: BIOL& 260 , BIOL 277
Chemistry: CHEM 255 , CHEM 256
More information about programs in Dentistry
Dental School Application information:
For details, see the American Dental Education Association web site: www.adea.org Annual deadline is Nov. 1 for the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). It is better to apply much sooner, such as June or July, as interviews begin in October. The Dental Admission Test is required and must be taken by October 31: www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dat/index.asp. Preparation for dental school must also include development of personal skills and characteristics, such as interpersonal communication, multicultural understanding, leadership, and ethics. In addition it is vital that students gain experience in the dental field by volunteering and job shadowing.
University of Washington-D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery
The State of Washington has one dentistry program at the University of Washington. The UW admits 55 students each year from a large and competitive group of applicants. The average overall GPA of admitted students is 3.6 with an average science GPA of 3.55 While the program does not require completion of a bachelor’s degree, most applicants do have one. The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) is a four year program.
Memory Brock, Office of Admissions, Dental School
The Delta Delta Sigma UW student pre-dental club is open to all prospective students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dentistry - What is it?
Dentistry is a branch of medicine involving all aspects of the oral health care. Dentists are trained to evaluate, diagnose, treat and prevent diseases and conditions of the teeth, gums and surrounding tissues.
Areas of study in Dentistry: Basic health sciences, dental anatomy, epidemiology of oral diseases, diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions and diseases, dental pharmacology, surgical procedures, orthodontics, dental restoration, dental hygiene, public health, professional ethics, clinical practice and management.
What can I do with a degree in Doctor in Dental Surgery (DDS)?
Dentists develop skills to administer anesthetics, prescribe medicine, fill cavities, examine x-rays, extract teeth, straighten teeth and treat gum disease. While most dentists are general practitioners working in private practices, other dentists specialize in orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and public health. Dentists must be licensed by a state in order to practice.
Potential employers include: Private dental practice, hospitals, health care clinics, military service and other government agencies, colleges and universities. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.
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Shoreline, WA 98133-5696