How do I prepare for Dental School or a Hygiene Program?

March 1, 2021

Scot Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer




You have great grades. You are working with a Pre-Dental Advisor. You joined a Pre-Dental Club. You participated in extracurriculars. You passed the DAT.  So you are prepared for Dental School, right?


At Promethean Dental Systems, we started providing dental education courses in 2019. We started with a focus on Pre-Dental Student Applicants. Our doctors where concerned about the number of dental and dental hygiene students admitted to schools and programs who did not have the required hand skills.  Some who were identified as they entered Senior Clinic in dental school.  

  • Were they prepared for Dental School?

  • Did they get dental experience before Dental School?

  • What qualifies as Dental Experience? 

Important Note:
Dentists and Dental Hygienists must have proven hand skills to be licensed and remain licensed.
That is why we teach, elevate and prove psychomotor or hand skill capabilities.   From our initial beginnings, our company has expanded into a 5-Stage Dental Education System that augments traditional dental education from the time an undergraduate wants to apply to a school or program until a dentist or dental hygienist retires.   Our team is passionate about dental education and can provide a customized dental education experience in any teaching mode from traditional to transformational dental education technology.
However, our biggest challenge is creating awareness that dental education is needed outside of Dental School and Continuing Education.  Promethean Dental Systems delivers dental education courses that build your confidence and prepare you for a successful career in dentistry.  Our team is starting this Blog Post to create awareness of dental educational needs and provide facts and statistics.  Our centers are open and utilize COVID-19 protocols for our customer's safety.   Promethean Dental Systems is accessible, affordable and will make a material difference in educating you and improving your career as a dentist or dental hygienist.

Remember, Talk to the Hand, The Hand proves you are a Dentist or Dental Hygienist.


Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Admission Hand Skills Course

The Pre-Admissions Hand Skills Course and Assessment provides 6-hours of hand skill training and assessment.  Students work their way through a series of blocks that mimic restorative and prosthodontics procedures using both direct and indirect vision.  Passing this course means you have the hand skills to become a dental professional. It is the only test provided that accurately evaluates hand skills prior to dental school or a hygiene program.  The course is a self-guided and is taught using the Simodont Dental Trainer.  Students schedule six, 1-hour courses, typically over a 6–10-week period.  Also included is the Pre-Admissions Learning Subscription.

Pre-Admission Subscription

The Pre-Admissions Subscription provides 22-didactic courses, 4-formative exams, 1-summative exam, preparation for your application, personal statement, admissions interview, and career options.  The course also includes a 50% discount on the Pre-Admissions Hand Skills Course.

Pre-Admissions Boot Camp

The Boot Camp is a 4-day student experience including a 4-hour hand skill course and assessment, 22-didactic courses, 4-formative exams, 1-summative exam, preparation for your application, personal statement, admissions interview, and a summary of career options. 

International Dentist Program

The International Dentist Program supports Internationally trained dentists who wish to be admitted to a dental school, an Advance Standing Program, or an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program. 

The Pre-Admissions Bootcamp provides a combination of both the hand skill building and assessment course with the full didactic learning curriculum for Pre-Admissions.  The bootcamp is a live event that also incorporates team activities and guest speakers and is a great way to learn with fellow students.  If you prefer to learn on your own the hand skills building and assessment course and the learning subscription provide that alternative way to learn.

Students interested in applying to a dental program do not know if they are truly qualified to be a dentist or dental hygienist. Our Pre-Admission Programs provide a comprehensive look at a day-in-the life of a dental professional so that high school and undergraduate students can explore the profession and plan accordingly for college applications. Through the didactic and hand skill courses, you will determine if you have the required aptitude and psychomotor skills for dentistry and can effectively weigh your interest in pursuing a dental career.   The Pre-Admission Program gives you a competitive advantage in the dental school or dental hygiene program admissions process.

Promethean Dental Systems provides the only comprehensive International Dentist Program with an NDBE-like academic exam and a hand skill challenge exam to provide you with a competitive advantage as an International Dentist.  It is a three-part course that provides an opportunity to learn with the objectives of providing evidence of: 1) Academic Performance and 2) Clinical Performance and creating a competitive by improving applications and personal statements, as well as preparing International Dentists for behavioral admissions interviews, and providing insights and analytics on future career options.  Once purchased International Dentists have 12 months to complete the course objectives.


Clinical cases are simulated using Typodonts (Manikins) and the Simodont (Virtual Reality/Haptic Dental Trainer). Evidence of performance is provided using objective machine grading.  Clinical cases include: 

  • Restorative Preparations and Fills:  #4DO and #14DO
  • Endodontic Access Openings: 
  • Prosthodontics Preparations and Crown: #9 and Bridge #3-5

The assessment is scheduled a minimum of 3 weeks in advance in one our PDS testing locations and can be taken anytime during the 12-month duration of the program. 

Evidence of Hand Skills

Competitive Advantage for Admissions

Lower Cost of Dental Education