How to become a dentist in the USA? The career of dentists attracts many students. Especially if we are talking about working in the United States. And this is connected, of course, with the level of income: the average annual salary of a dentist in the USA is $ 175,840, which is more than three times the average annual salary for all professions, according to the BLS. This is one of the reasons why studying the Dentist program is quite complicated, especially when it comes to writing a paper.
Besides, according to independent surveys, “dental tourism” is widespread in the United States: Americans go abroad to get cheaper medical care to save money. According to the company Patients Beyond Borders, which studies medical procedures in other countries to inform medical tourists, the top ten most popular destinations for dental tourism among patients from the United States include Mexico, Thailand, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Malaysia, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. Patients from the United States can expect savings of 40-65% in Mexico, 45-65% in Costa Rica, and 50-75% in Thailand.
We decided to take a look at the program of Adelphi University and give students practical recommendations for admission to Universities or schools of Dentistry in the United States.
Duration of training: at least 7 years. The total cost for 7 years of training for August 2020 is 472 thousand US dollars. This amount does not include accommodation, insurance, consumables, etc.
Dentistry in the United States refers to professional programs, you can not get this specialty on a bachelor’s program. But you can enroll in the Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree program only after receiving a bachelor’s degree from a US university.
There are four major American universities in New York that prepare students for this career:
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY-No. 9 in the national ranking
New York University College of Dentistry, New York, NY-No. 4 in the national ranking
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY
WHERE CAN I FIND VERIFIED INFORMATION?
First of all, I advise you to use the information from the website of the American Student Dental Association – where you will find all the necessary information about studying at Dental schools and obtaining a license for American and foreign students.
ADMISSION TO DENTAL SCHOOL IN THE USA
What are the admission requirements?
Please note that admission is conducted through the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS)
* Bachelor’s degree that is related to dentistry, or medical courses
* Letter of Evaluation
• TOEFL/IELTS test
• Standardized SAT/ACT tests
• Dental Admission Test (DAT)
• Personal interview with the university admissions committee
* Motivation letter
* Letters of recommendation from university teachers
* Recommendation of the university where you received your bachelor’s degree to enroll in the US Dental School
THE PROCESS OF ENROLLING FOREIGN STUDENTS
The enrollment process is complicated, especially for those students whose diplomas were obtained not in the United States. A bachelor’s degree from an American university significantly increases the chances of admission.
We describe the following training program based on our university Adelphi University.
Adelphi University offers a Dentistry program in conjunction with the University of New York University College of Dentistry (#4 in the ranking of US universities in dentistry, #6 – US Dental School Rankings, #16 QS University Subject Ranking).
• 3 years at the University of Adelphi (Adelphi University) – Bachelor Degree (B. A, B.Sc.);
• 4 years of study at the University of New York University College of Dentistry – DDS (Doctor of
Dental Surgery Degree)
The University of Adelphi offers a program for Dentists in conjunction with the New York University College of Dentistry. Here students study at the University of Adelphi for 3 years and gain the necessary number of credits – 90 credits to transfer to the New York University College of Dentistry Dental School. After the first year at the dental school, they receive a bachelor’s degree and continue their studies on the program – DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree). The total duration of training on the program will be 7 years. Under this program, students can start studying only from the first year (1st year) and do not have the opportunity to transfer from other universities.
The program is quite comprehensive, so students must pass two selection procedures.
Stage 1-admission to the bachelor’s program
Stage 2-transfer to the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree) program at the New York University College of Dentistry
1-STEP: ADELPHI UNIVERSITY-BACHELOR DEGREE (B. A., B.SC) The
first stage is the program of basic higher education, Bachelor’s Degree, at the American University of Adelphi.
You can enroll in the first year of Adelphi University from September 2021 or January 2022. The first-year program of the university offers 3 types of admission, depending on your academic level and knowledge of English.
You are entering the first year of the Bachelor’s program at the University of Adelphi. The three-year program allows you to gain 90 credits necessary for admission to the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree) program. You will need to take the following subjects: CHE 111 and CHE 112 with lab, PHY 111 and PHY 112 or PHY 113 and PHY 114 with lab, Organic CHE 251, CHE 252, CHE 253, CHE 254, BIO 111, and BIO 112 with lab, also 6 credits in English.
The programs proposed below are not preparatory, but are part of 1 year of study for international students:
1. COMPREHENSIVE ACCELERATED PROGRAM
Minimum academic level (average score): GPA 3.0-4.0
English: TOEFL ibt: 79, IELTS: 6.5
Duration: 2 semesters (9 months)
In this case, you are entering the 1st year of the university, bachelor’s program, but during 2 semesters (1 year of study at Adelphi University on the bachelor’s program) you need to study additional subjects that will allow you to study on a par with students from the United States in the 2nd year and choose a course. The program will include Individual support services and an additional course “Live, Learn, Grow”.
2. ACADEMIC ACCELERATED PROGRAM
Minimum academic level (average score): GPA 2.5
English: TOEFL ibt: 68, IELTS: 5.5
Duration: 2 semesters (9 months)
The program is designed for students with lack of score in English or academic tests. Students also enter the first year after the 11th grade, and during 2 semesters they study additional subjects.
3. EXTENDED ACCELERATED PROGRAM
Minimum academic level (average score): GPA 2.5
English: TOEFL ibt: 60, IELTS: 5.0
Duration: 3 semesters (12 months)
This program is for students who have a good academic level, but very poor English. Students also start their studies in the 1st year of the university, but they are added one additional semester for students to have time to improve it. After completion, students continue their studies in the 2nd year of the university. The program includes English, individual support services, and an additional course “Live, Learn, Grow”.
2 STEP: DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree) at New York University College of Dentistry
To enroll in the DDS program at New York University College of Dentistry, students must meet the following requirements
* Gain 90 credits at the University of Adelphi and get a basic higher education, which includes studying the following subjects in the bachelor’s program: CHE 111 and CHE 112 with lab, Organic CHE 251, CHE 252, CHE 253, CHE 254, BIO 111 and BIO 112 with lab, also 6 credits in English.
* The minimum score must be at least 3.5, in subjects that were studied in the bachelor’s program at the University of Adelphi
• There should not be any D or F grades among the grades
• Pass the Dental Admission Test (DAT)
* Get a recommendation from the University of Adelphi for admission to the New York University College of Dentistry
* Take part in at least 2 orientation programs of the University of New York University College of Dentistry, while studying at the University of Adelphi
* Interview with the University Admissions Committee
The application must be registered through the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) system, which I mentioned earlier.