A pre-dental undergraduate degree is not required for admission to dental school, but dental students must complete pre-dental science requirements by taking courses such as biology, chemistry and physics. Before enrolling in dental school, applicants must take and pass the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
Upon acceptance to a general dentistry school, potential dental specialists will go on to complete four years of dental school and pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) to attain a state license to practice general dentistry. The individual will earn a DDS or DMD. It is important to note that there is no difference between a DDS or a DMD; it is just a matter of which nomenclature your school uses.