Gogebic Community College

Dentistry

Nature of the Work

Dentists diagnose, prevent, and treat problms of the teeth and tissues of the mouth. In order to treat their patients, dentists use a variety of equipment including X-ray machines, drills, and instruments such as mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. Those in private practice oversee a variety of administrative tasks as well. In addition, they may employ and supervise hygenists, assistants, lab technicians, and receptionists.

Employment

Dentists held about 164,000 jobs in 1994. About nine out of ten dentists are in private practice. Dentists are required to be licensed in all 50 states. Although the employment of dentists is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through the year 2005, job prospects should continue to be good if the number of dental school graduates remains consistant. Demand for dental care should grow substantially through 2005 as well.

The Program

The program at Gogebic Community College is designed to provide the general education core courses that are required to transfer to a university. Most dental students have at least a bachelor's degree. All dental schools require applicants to take the Dental Admissions Test. Dental schools generally last 4 academic years. All 50 states require dentists to be licensed.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Dentistry:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
4
BIO 250 Human Anatomy
4
BIO 251 Human Physiology
4
MTH 110 College Algebra
4
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
4
PHY 201 Elements of Physics I
4
PHY 202 Elements of Physics II
4
PSY 101 General Psychology
4
  Humanities Electives
9
  Social Science Electives
6
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
76

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

For more information contact the Admissions Office
Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207