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Pharmacist becoming a Dentist

Asked 9 months ago by Guest (120 points)

I've been thinking about trying to get into dental school for quite a while but I come from a unique background and was wondering if I could get some advice? I'm actually a practicing pharmacist in Australia however I'm a duel American and Australian citizen and would want to return to the US if I were to study dentistry. Pharmacy in Australia is also a bachelor degree with a lengthy post graduate licensing process not a doctoral degree like in America. I don't know if I'd have to do prerequisites at a community college or something because all my classes where uniquely tailored to pharmacy. Another thing is I only achieved a 3.1 GPA which I'm aware would be considered quite low for a dental school applicant coming from an American University. If anyone could help me out it would be much appreciated.  Another thing I forgot to mention is that I was a commissioned officer in the Australian army as a pharmacist. I don't know if this would be considered favourable?

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Answered 3 months ago by Mr.Smile12 (11260 points)

I would always suggest reaching out to admissions officers at the schools you are strongly interested in first.  You would be presenting a unique situation that most faculty members may need more understanding before anyone can give you any specific advice, especially as you are transitioning from a different health professional background.  You may have to do some prerequisites like physics, but we don't know for sure since we would have to see how your transcript would be evaluated on par with American curricula.

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