As of right now, I cannot be completely sure what profession would best suit my skills and interests. However, the career that most interests me at the moment is an Orthodontist. There are many steps required to become an Orthodontist. Starting in high school, I will need to take many courses to prepare myself for the university courses. Some of these high school courses include, anatomy, biology, and chemistry, as they will build a strong foundation for the future concepts I will learn. I would take Co-operative education and try to get placed in a dental practice to gain experience.
After receiving my high school diploma, I would have to apply to a university to obtain my Bachelors degree. Some preferred universities of mine would be University of Toronto and Master University, as they are not to far from home, and offer desirable courses. It will take me four years to receive my Bachelors degree in Science.
Ensuing achieving my Bachelors, I will apply for Dental school. Many of these schools have an entrance exam called the Dental Acceptance test, or DAT for short. I will need to pass this exam with a high mark to increase my chances of being accepted.
Dental Acceptance Test
Subsequently to completing the exam and being accepted, I will spend four years studying at dental school. The first two years will be more focused on taking science courses such as microbiology and anatomy. The last two years will be more hands on, providing experience in a clinic. They will also provide some information to the different dental specialties.
The next step is to apply and complete a specialty orthodontist program. These programs will educate me on the specific precedes on how to identify when teeth are in need of straightening, and how to straighten them. These programs tend to take approximately three years to complete. During this program I may also have to complete a research project. They are also more interactive, focusing on actually applying my learned knowledge.
Orthodontist Specialty Program
Becoming Licensed and Board Certified
The final step in my long journey is too become licensed and board certified. Although not necessary, I would like to gain board certification as it is very helpful in proving my skills as an orthodontist to clients. The process of becoming board certified is short, but difficult. In short, it is an exam supervised by many respectable orthodontists. I will also have to become licensed to legally practice orthodontics. To do this I will have to pass three exams, NDEB Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination, the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program, and the RCDC Examination. Overall, the process to becoming an Orthodontist is very long and difficult. I will need to be very determined, as there will be many times where I may fail, but I will have to persevere and try again. Whether I fail an exam or get rejected from dental school, I must remain determined.