Most people do not realize the educational qualifications of a dentist. Upon completion of four years of college and earning a Bachelor of Science degree, the aspiring dentists apply to dental school for their training which may take four to six years to complete to earn DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine).
These courses are very intense to ensure the well being of their patients. Potential dentists must be very committed to even get through the program of study. Admission to dental school is costly. There is a Dental Admissions Test which is a requirement for admission. Good grades and high scores on the dental admissions test is prerequisite for admission. Once admitted, the real work begins. After countless hours of advanced study for four more years, dentists take the National Board of Dental Exams to be able to practice Dentistry. Throughout his practice, this dentist continually seeks additional training to provide the best possible care for his patients.