Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Programs Record Enhancer

Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Programs Record Enhancer

Record Enhancer Post-Baccalaureate Programs in Dentistry:  Record enhancer post-bacc programs are listed below in this section.  These post-baccaluareate programs are tailored towards applicants who have already taken the pre-requisite courses for dental school as part of their undergraduate education and are looking to take additional courses to improve their academic performance before applying to dental school. To learn more about which post-bacc program is the ideal fit for you, contact us today at 1(888) 839 – 9997 or info@admissionshelpers.com for a free 20 minute consultation! Institution: California State University – Los Angeles Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.0 Success Rate: 48% are being admitted into medical schools (i.e. Western University, USC, UCLA, and UCIrvine) Standardized Test Required: No test required Application Requirements: – 2 sets of Official Transcript – Personal Statement – 2 letters of recommendation/evaluation (at least one letter must be from a faculty person) – Official copy of standardized test score (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, etc) – if applicable – Letter of rejection – if applicable – Letter of waiting list status – if applicable – Expanding Opportunities for Pre-health Professionals program cover page – if applicable Prerequisite Courses: – General Biology with Lab (1 year) – General Chemistry with Lab (1 year) – Organic Chemistry with Lab (1 year) – General Physics with Lab (1 year) – College Mathematics (1 quarter/semester) – General Genetics with Lab (1 quarter/semester) – Cell Biology with Lab (1 quarter/semester) Admission Deadline: May 15th Email Address: healthcareers@calstatela.edu Phone Number: 323-343-2050 Website: http://ow.ly/wYoPp —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Institution: California State University, East Bay Pre-Health Sciences Professional Certificate Program Minimum...
Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Programs Career Changers

Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Programs Career Changers

Career Changers:  Career changer post-bacc programs are listed below in this section.  These post-baccaluareate programs are tailored towards applicants who have not taken the pre-requisite courses for dental school as part of their undergraduate education and are looking to complete these pre-requisites in preparation for dental school.  Generally, the individuals entering these programs have a non-science background and have decided to pursue dentistry after completing college.  To learn more about which post-bacc program is the ideal fit for you, contact us today at 1(888) 839 – 9997 or info@admissionshelpers.com for a free 20 minute consultation! Institution: Mills College Postbaccalaureate Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.2 Success Rate: 75%-90% acceptance rate to medical school Standardized Test Required: SAT/ACT/GRE Application Requirements: – 3 Letters of recommendation (at least 2 from academic sources) – 2 Official transcripts – Graduate Application for Admission (included 1-2 page Statement of Purpose Essay) – Supplemental Application – $50 Application Fee – Copy of Standardized Test Score Prerequisite Courses: Calculus (One Semester) Admission Deadline: February 1st Start Date: Fall Semester Email Address: postbac@mills.edu Phone Number: 510-430-2317 Website: http://ow.ly/wJl58 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Institution: Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.0 Success Rate: 95% students accepted to medical school Standardized Test Required: SAT/ACT/GRE Application Requirements: – Volunteer or work experience in the medical field and/or social services is highly desirable – Copy of standardized test score – 750 word essay – Resume – Sealed official transcripts – 2 letters of recommendation – Signature and payment form – $60 Application fee Prerequisite Courses: Calculus Admission Deadline: March 1st Start Date: Late May Phone Number: 909-621-8764 Website: http://ow.ly/wJl8B...
Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part V

Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part V

Part V: Community Service as a Pre-Dental Student Community service is an integral part of a dental school application as it demonstrates a commitment to improving the lives of those who are less fortunate.  Community service can be virtually any experience that improves the lives of others.  Examples of community service include volunteering at a local homeless shelter, tutoring children from underserved backgrounds, and serving as a coach to children with disabilities. Here are a few important pointers about community service: Show a long-term commitment to community service: Participating in a soup kitchen three times or serving at your local homeless shelter on Thanksgiving and Christmas does not do much to bolster the community service aspect of your dental school application.  On the other hand, working at a local homeless shelter for an entire year and helping implement programs that improves the lives of the homeless population could make a difference in your application. Traveling abroad to do community service counts:  If you spend a summer in another country working as a volunteer for an organization that is trying to improve the lives and livelihoods of indigent populations in the community, this experience will be considered valuable community service and will help strengthen your application to dental school.  Students travel abroad with various organizations helping build homes, schools, clinics, etc. Use your community service to demonstrate leadership: One of the most impressive attributes of a good dental school applicant is their ability to take initiative and be a leader.  And one of the best places to show your ability to serve as a leader is in the community.  Identify...
Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part IV

Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part IV

Part IV: Research Experience as a Pre-Dental Student Dental schools prefer applicants with research experience.  Research could help you build a stronger application for dental school and it can help you build your skills as a critical thinker. While most pre-dental students do biomedical research, if done properly, research experience in virtually any field is looked upon favorably because the general approach to conducting research is similar across various disciplines. One way to decide which type of research you should conduct is to ask yourself what interests you most.  If you enjoy working in the laboratory, basic science research would be a great option.  If you prefer interacting with others, you may want to participate in survey-based research where you could conduct interviews with study participants.  Dental clinical research may also give you the opportunity to interact with patients who are subjects in a study. Regardless of what setting you choose; make sure you get involved in an experience where you are not just performing mundane technical tasks but you are also involved in high-level thinking and problem-solving.  It may be difficult to take on your own project if you have no previous research experience, but even if you are assisting, find a research project where you could contribute to the study design, the interpretation of data, and the write up of your research.  Dental schools will be highly impressed by your ability to think creatively, ask thoughtful research questions, and interpret your findings. The best way to ensure that you gain good research experience is to commit to research over a long period of time.  It is difficult...
Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part II

Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part II

Part II. Grades and DAT Scores Getting a High Pre-dental GPA: Getting a high pre-dental GPA is not as challenging as it seems if you plan your courses appropriately. Whether you are an undergraduate or you have returned to school to pursue dentistry, consider planning your coursework early on. This means having a general idea of what courses you are going to take and when you are going to take each course. It is very important to be realistic in this process. Students sometimes get ambitious and take three or four challenging science courses in one quarter/semester, which can be overwhelming. We suggest you balance difficult courses with less challenging ones and take a combination of science and non-science courses together. Thinking about scientific concepts requires using a different part of your brain than thinking about the humanities. When you combine different types of courses, you are not just putting pressure on one part of your brain. We always encourage students to talk to upperclassmen and seek their advice about what combination of courses they recommend. Having said that, you also want to demonstrate to dental schools that you can handle multiple challenging courses at the same time so taking too many easy courses at once is also a bad idea. You can start with a lighter load earlier in your education and gradually take heavier courses to the extent that you are comfortable. Remember it is best to have a high GPA with a balanced load as opposed to a low GPA with a heavy course load. When you are choosing a major for your undergraduate studies, make...
Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part I

Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Dental School Part I

Dental school admissions committees take the time to carefully review the many different elements of each dental school application.  If you know what dental schools are specifically looking for when they review applications, you can better prepare yourself during your pre-dental career.  Knowing why dental schools care about the things they care about is also helpful. Part I.  What do dental schools want in an applicant and why? In this section, we review what dental schools are looking for in applicants and why. This is not a list of dental school admissions requirements, but a list of the achievements that make an applicant competitive for dental school. In the following sections, we will review how you can become a competitive applicant for dental school by covering all the listed areas. 1) Grade Point Average (GPA):  Dental School is academically challenging and admissions committees want to know that you are capable of handling the rigorous coursework. A good undergraduate GPA is absolutely essential to proving that you are capable of academically succeeding in dental school. 2) Dental Admission Test Scores (DAT): Like the GPA, dental schools use the DAT score to determine an applicant’s ability to excel in the dental school coursework and to succeed on the dental boards.  The DAT is the great equalizer because it shows not just how you performed compared to students who went to the same college as you, but compared to all dental school applicants. For the majority of dental schools, different levels of emphasis are placed different sections of the DAT.  We have listed the general trend from most important score to least...