Dental
Dentist

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Salary: $75,027 - $186,923
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Hourly: $31 - $94.57
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Outlook: 2 Stars
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Length of Training: 6-8 years
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Length of Training/Requirements
Admission to dental school is competitive and requires a minimum of 90 college hours of credit from an accredited college. The majority of applicants have received a Bachelor’s degree. Graduation from an accredited dental school usually takes about four years. Specialization requires an additional two or more years. A dentist earns a degree as either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

Licensure/Certification

Dentists in the State of Texas must hold a degree from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association and must pass exams given by the National Dental Board and The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and a clinical examination or specialty examination if appropriate.


Educational Programs
University or College City Degree*
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College Station D
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston D
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio D
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate