In recent years there have been more and more people applying to dental school later in life, sometimes after pursuing another career, starting a family or just waiting a few years. Generally, these individuals have come to this decision after much thought and research and are now committed to their goal of becoming a
Noted as nontraditional applicants, the pathway to dental school may seem overwhelming; however, it is achievable with support and guidance. No matter the reason you decided not to go to dental school right out of college, you can still achieve your dream.
Practitioners from different backgrounds and with different professional experiences prior to entering the dental profession are extremely valuable to the profession of dentistry. Nontraditional students bring insights from other professions, which helps them broaden the profession of dentistry and reduce the gaps in dental
care for the public.