If you are passionate about the fields of health and medicine, with a desire to focus on dentistry, you may want to consider an advanced certificate in dental medicine. Most states require a doctorate dentistry degree to practice as a dentist so you will want to consider your goals and interests before deciding which program may be best for you. Some programs may also encourage entry into a certificate program before pursuing a higher level masters or doctoral degree. You may also find that a certificate program is helpful in addition to another degree in order to specialize in a particular area of dentistry.
Dentistry is the study of the branch of medicine that is involved with the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the mouth and related structures of the jaw and facial areas. A graduate certificate in dentistry may be a good option if you are looking to specialize in a particular area of dentistry such as advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD), orthodontics, periodontics, or endodontics. You could specialize in areas such as pediatric dentistry or geriatric dentistry.
You will also want to consider which program format may work best for you. An online graduate certificate in dental medicine may be a good choice for flexibility while a campus-based advanced dentistry certificate may provide helpful hands-on experience and face-to-face interaction. You will want to consider the equipment the school has available as well as relationships or opportunities they may have for clinical practice. You can search our directory by city, state, or country to find the program best suited to your goals and interests.