Pediatric Dentist Schools

The pediatric dentist treats infants to adolescents. He is a specialist in the field of dentistry. In order to hold that honor, he endures eleven years in school getting his credentials.

Educational Requirements

child dentistHe must complete undergraduate courses, then dental school, then a residency in order to call himself by the title pediatric dentist.

Usually his prep begins in high school, where he takes as many higher level chemistry, biology, physics, trigonometry, and calculus courses as his school offers.

He will be the kid in Latin and Spanish classes. Additionally, he will probably take sociology and business classes as electives. His 3.5 GPA and his high SAT scores will gain him entry into a liberal arts school known for getting students into a good graduate school.

Focus on Chemistry

Although he may major in English, history, or even sociology, his transcripts will be heavy on bio-chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, calculus, and physics. He will likely continue taking business and sociology courses to prepare himself professionally. One of his electives may even be sculpting since this is good preparation for some of the practical aspects of his job.

Aside from the 3.5 GPA in his science and math classes, and the 3.5 GPA overall, he will get a high score on the (Dental Admission Test). The DAT tests perceptual ability, scientific knowledge, ability to read scientific studies, and reading comprehension.

Starting Dental School

Next comes dental school, which is a four-year investment.

Dental school is competitive to get into and a very challenging curricular program. Since the future pediatric dentist is hoping to do more education when he graduates—and passes the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part I and II—he will probably have a wish list of dental schools where he’d love to go.

He may apply to all of them if he meets their requirements.

Some of The Top Schools

  • Widener University
  • University of Florida at Gainesville
  • University of Illinois at Urbana
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Nebraska
  • Central Michigan University
  • Ohio State University

Finding a Residency Program

After he graduates from dental school, it is onto a pediatric dental residency program.

Some of the schools he will be applying to will include:

  • University of Florida
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Iowa
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Maryland Baltimore

However, there are only a few slots at each school each year. So entry is competitive.

What About Cost?

Also, he will consider cost. Some institutions are quite expensive. (Try $85,000 annually.) Some schools fund their fellows and provide a stipend, but the spaces at those institutions are even more limited and the competition even stiffer to get a spot.

Once the pediatric dentist finishes his training, he can open his own office or work for someone else—or with someone else in a partnership. 80% of children and adolescents have tooth decay by the time they are 17 years old, so the patient pool is large.

Earning potential is high with the median salary at $137,970. But that includes highly experienced pediatric dentists. The first year pediatric dentist cannot expect such earnings.