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Does dental school require you to take art classes?

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Does dental school require you to take art classes?

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Dental schools do not require art classes, but taking courses that develop fine motor skills are highly recommended.

Having strong manual dexterity is extremely important in dentistry, because the work you are doing will be on small structures in a confined area. Dental Schools strongly recommend that applicants spend time developing their manual dexterity and their hand eye coordination through activities such as sculpting, painting, jewelry making, and even video games. The Dental Admission Test (DAT) tests your manual dexterity skills, and dental school admissions interviewers ask applicants what they do to develop their manual dexterity. In addition to helping with developing your manual dexterity, taking art classes will also help you to be a more competitive applicant by giving you a broader education, which dental schools prefer. The University of Illinois - Chicago has information on ways to develop your manual dexterity on their dental school admissions website.

For more information on becoming a dentist, heck out this article;Dentist: What Education Do I Need to Become a Dentist?

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