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Graduating Uni early & trying to attend dentistry school?

Czepiel231Czepiel231 3 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
I'm a highschool senior.. so I guess I should start thinking about the future.. yay

I like science. So I was thinking I'd major in bio.. or maybe biochem.. or something like that.

Now, I wanted to go to commmnity college for a year, and then transfer with enough credits to graduate a year early..

I know it's risky going to CC but I'm only going to take like English and prerequisite classes. I'm told I should take the science and math classes at the university..?

Anyway, would graduating early be a good idea to get into dentistry school? I thought about med school, but I want to have a family and actually spend time with them..one day.

I don't know?
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  • simba9simba9 3241 replies20 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,261 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    It's not that easy to graduate a year early. If it was, everyone would be doing it.

    You could look into school programs like the following, where you don't have to graduate before getting into dental school. Pacific isn't the only school that offers this.

    edited July 2017
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 14633 replies974 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 15,607 Senior Member
    So you plan to complete 60 credits in one year of community college? Highly unlikely.
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  • Czepiel231Czepiel231 3 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Well I've already taken 7 Ap classes and passed with high scores..and I'm taking 9 Ap classes this year.. I've already got sooome credits. And i was going to take summer classes too
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41131 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,576 Senior Member
    But ap credits may or may not transfer as requirements - and won't transfer as upper level classes or major requirements.
    Also, if you are high performing and have high test scores, you're better off going straight to a 4-year school on a merit scholarship (attending community college first disqualifies you from big merit scholarships and that's a problem for dental school costs.)

    Beside dental school, PA is shorter than med school, interesting, in-demand, and well-paid.
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  • Czepiel231Czepiel231 3 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Well, the AP tests mean i get out of the base level classes and can get into the Next level classes without spending money and time on it. And ive also looked into What credits transfer and they All do and will.. ahah
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  • dentmom4dentmom4 1223 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,226 Senior Member
    Applying to dental school is more than just taking the prerequisite classes. You need a high GPA, plus a high science GPA. You need time to prepare for and take the DAT. If your score is not competitive, you have to wait 90 days to retake it. 3 tries max. Then you need to do the required shadowing of general dentists and specialists, join your university pre-dent club and volunteer at dental-related activities. When you apply, you need to have a lot of this completed. The application cycle opens June 1, the schools take the summer to review apps in the order received, interviews begin September 1 and the first wave of acceptances goes out December 1. It's very hard to do all this with just 2 years of schooling behind you. Dental schools don't necessarily look favorably on applying with only 2 years of college because you won't have had time to show your "interest" in dentistry. High school activity doesn't count.

    You want your first app to be your BEST app. If you look at the data from an application cycle, you will see that most have the average age of incoming dental students at 23-24 with a 4 year BA/BS, many also with a Masters.
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