Prehealth Advisors

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ADEA’s Quick Guide: Advising Predental Students

ADEA’s Quick Guide offers health professions advisors the information they need to accurately discuss dental school and dental careers in a brief, easy-to-reference format. The guide includes facts about the profession, tips to share with students when they are ready to apply, information for minorities and much more.

View ADEA's Quick Guide: Advising Predental Students:

ADEA GoDental Quick Guide - Interactive PDF

Or, print a copy of the Quick Guide.

The information contained in the Quick Guide enables advisors to better guide students in their quest to become thoughtful, well-prepared and viable dental school applicants. More detailed information is available throughout this section of the website.

As a prehealth advisor, you wear many hats. You are probably advising for multiple health professions, involved in mentoring student groups and have lots of different letters of evaluation to write.

In a typical day, you often not only advise students, but serve as a parental voice when the going gets tough in school, much like a therapist does when students struggle socially and as a career counselor does for students who don’t know which health profession they want to pursue. You work tirelessly to set up your advisees for success and mentor them through one of the toughest and most stressful parts of their lives so far: applying to health professions programs. You support them, motivate them and push them to be better students, and to become the professionals who will eventually serve the public as our health practitioners—including the next generation of dentists and allied dental professionals.

The dental profession is growing, and the field is one that draws motivated, intelligent and creative students toward a stable service-oriented career. And with population growth, changes in health care law and the upcoming retirement of a large group of dentists educated during the 1960s and 1970s, the need for new dentists is rapidly increasing. Now more than ever, it is important to encourage a diverse group of students to apply to dental school in order to meet the evolving oral health needs of a diverse society.

We recognize how hard you work to help your students fulfill their dreams, and the role that you play in molding the future of oral health services. We want to provide you with information to help you advise your students interested in going to dental school. In this section you will find information about the application to dental school, the dental profession, and guides on how to best assist your students throughout the application process.

*If there are any additional topics you would like this section to cover, please contact the ADEA GoDental team.