Dentistry is considered one of the ten most trusted and ethical professions in the U.S.
It also provides opportunity to be your own boss, own a dental practice and have flexibility between professional and personal life. Dentists:
- Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and mouth
- Improve a patient’s appearance
- Perform surgical procedures such as implants, tissue grafts and extractions
- Educate patients on how to better care for their teeth and prevent oral disease
- Teach future dentists and dental hygienists
- Perform research directed to improving oral health
Labs & Equipment
The Departments of Chemistry and Biology have well equipped laboratory facilities in the new Center for Science and Business building. The $42 million dollar building opened in the Fall of 2013 and promotes interaction among what have been traditionally independent departments.
Along with the Cadaver Lab, there are also many major instruments students start using their first year and continue to develop their skills throughout their four years at Monmouth:
- Griffin 450 GCMS with XSorber
- Thermo/Nicolet Nexus FTIR
- Waters HPLC with dual wavelength detector
- Visocotek GPC with RI detector
- Thermo NanoDrop Spectrometry
- Anasazi EFT60 NMR Spectrometry
- Varian Atomic Absorption
- Agilent UVVis Spectrometer with temperature controller
- Perkin Elmer Fluorescence
- BioRad Gel Doc200 Digital Imaging System
Applicants to either school are required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The DAT is a 4-hour test that contains 4 sections: natural sciences (biology, general and organic chemistry), perceptual ability (2 and 3 dimension problem solving), reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning.
In addition to coursework, dental schools expect the applicant to have experience working with a dentist. This can be done as a paid internship, volunteer work, or a shadowing experience. The Wackerle Career and Leadership Center on campus is an excellent resource to aid students in finding internships.
- Instills a level of “scientific” confidence and independence in students.
- Enables students to apply and broaden their knowledge learned in the classroom.
- Is an invaluable way for students to strengthen their scientific communication skills.
- Exposes students to open-ended questions.
Students are encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research as early as the Fall semester of their sophomore year. Students are required before their senior year to register for 3 credits of research.
- Oral Pathology
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Public Health
- Private Practice