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Leaders in the maintenance and restoration of oral health.

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

Dentists must be licensed in all states; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license in most states, applicants must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass written and practical exams.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy lifelong learning.
  • Curiosity about life.
  • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems.
  • Enjoy science and the scientific method.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Internship Opportunities

  • Dental office intern

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
  • Marquette University School of Dentistry (Milwaukee, WI)
  • University of Iowa - College of Dentistry (Iowa City, IA)
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) (Omaha, NE)

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.