Bachelor of Dentistry in USA

Bachelor of Dentistry in USA

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Suman PoudelSun Nov 28 2021

Bachelor of Dentistry in USA is offered in several ways- Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD), Bachelor of Science in dental science/ dental surgery and so on. 

Studying DDS and DMD in most US universities requires a 4-year bachelor degree (that too from the US and Canada). Another variation of this program is associate of science in Dental Hygiene. This course is 2-3 years long. 

Dentists and other dental professions are some of the highest-paid professions with salaries that range between USD 120,000 to USD 350,000. 

Why study this course in USA? 

  • According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the median salary of dentists in the USA was USD 156,240 in 2018. 
  • The U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19 percent job growth for dentists (from 2016-2026). 
  • Some of the best universities in the USA, like the University of Columbia, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania, offer this course in the USA. 

Top Universities for Bachelor of Dentistry in USA

According to QS World University Rankings by subject, these are the leading universities in the USA for dentistry in 2020.  

Ranking in USA

QS Ranking 2020

University

1

5

Harvard University

2

9

University of California San Francisco

3

14

New York University

4

18

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

5

22

University of Pennsylvania

6

27

University of California Los Angeles

7

35

Columbia University

8

37

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

9

49

University of Iowa

10

49

University of Southern California

Bachelor of Dentistry Courses in USA for international students

Dental disciplines offered by US Universities: 

  • Dental anesthesiology (focuses on pain mitigation and patient well-being during dental procedures)
  • Dental public health (Optimizes the dental health of a community)
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology (Diagnosis of mouth diseases using various techniques such as microscopic examinations)
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology (Use of data and imaging technologies like X-rays to identify injuries and illnesses)
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery (Operations in and around the mouth.)
  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics (Prevention and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws)
  • Pediatric dentistry (dental needs of infants and children)
  • Periodontics  (gum problems)
  • Prosthodontics (Creation of dentures and providing other treatments to address missing or deficient teeth)

University

Course

Location

Eligibility

New York University

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

New York, USA

TOEFL: 100

Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

University of Washington

Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Seattle, USA

TOEFL: 76

IELTS: 6

Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis

BS in Dental Hygiene

Indianapolis, USA

TOEFL: 60

IELTS: 5.5

BS in Public Health Dental Hygiene

Texas A & M University

BS in Dental Hygiene

College Station, USA

IELTS: 6

Purdue University

Bachelor of Arts in Pre-dentistry

West Lafayette, USA

IELTS: 6.5

University of Dayton

Pre Dentistry

Pre Dentistry, BS

TOEFL: 70

University of Pittsburgh

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program

Pittsburgh, USA

IELTS: 7

Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene Program

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dental Medicine BS-DMD

Hackensack, USA

TOEFL: 70

IELTS: 6.5

Missouri Southern State University

BS in Health Science (Dental Hygiene)

Joplin, USA

TOEFL: 68

IELTS: 6

BS in Biology (Pre-Dentistry)

Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

Tuition fees

The tuition fees to study Bachelor of Dentistry/ BS in Dental Science in the USA ranges from USD 20,000 to 70,000 per year for international students. 

University

Approximate tuition fees in USD

New York University

28,250

Dow University of Health Sciences

17,000

West Coast University

36,000

Ohio State University

27,537

University of Michigan

52,144

University of Maryland, Baltimore

24,143

University of South Dakota

14,000

University of Pittsburgh

48,747

University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN)

36,000

Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

33,500

Admission Requirements for undergraduate studies in Dentistry in the USA for international students.

The dentistry universities in the USA seek out students with strong academic backgrounds and leadership skills.

Applicants need to fulfil English language requirements, academic requirements and other additional requirements set by the universities. 

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: A minimum of 6.5-7.5, with no field less than 6.0
  • TOEFL: A Minimum of 70-100

New York University

  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass secondary education (Biology and chemistry courses) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 85% or more. 
  • SAT/ ACT Scores
  • 1-3 LOR
  • SOP
  • DAT Scores (21 in academic, science & reading, 20 in perceptual ability)

University of Pennsylvania

  • Academic Requirements: A minimum of 3.0 GPA in intermediate level in science. 
  • 2 LOR
  • Interview
  • SOP
  • DAT Scores

University of Maryland Baltimore

  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass a high school diploma with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. 
  • Academic transcripts
  • TOEFL: 80
  • SOP
  • LOR

University of South Dakota

  • Academic Requirement: Applicants need to pass a high school diploma (English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, social science) with a minimum GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • SOP
  • 1-2 LOR
  • English Scores: 
    • TOEFL: 71
    • IELTS: 6
    • PTE: 48

University of Pittsburgh

  • Academic Requirements: Candidates need to pass a high school diploma or intermediate level with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. 
  • SOP
  • LOR
  • Official academic transcripts
  • IELTS: 7

Scholarships

  • ADA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship
  • ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Students Pursuing Academic Careers
  • Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarships
  • HOSA – Future Health Professionals Scholarship
  • Crack the DAT Pre Dental Scholarship
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • Kool Smiles Scholarship

Scope and Career Opportunities

Just like anywhere else in the world, the scope of dentistry is tremendous in the USA. However, to practice dentistry in the US, you must first meet the eligibility criteria by obtaining a dental license. 

Dental license criteria might differ from state to state in the USA. Overall the requirements consist of an education requirement, written examination requirement and clinical examination requirement. 

According to Salary Explorer, the salary of Dentists is between USD 117,000 to 372,000 per year in the USA.

Dentist salaries according to experience in the USA-

Experience 

Average salary per Annum

0-2 years

139,000

2-5 years

178,000

5-10 years

246,000

10-15 years

304,000

15-20 years

326,000

20+ years

348,000

 Look at the table below for dental jobs and the average salary of those dental jobs in the USA:

Dentistry jobs after graduation

Average Annual Salary in USD

Dental Surgeon

160,302

Consultant

86,390

Oral Pathologist

120,396

Dental Hygienist

143,605

Dental Assistant

80,000

Public Health Specialist

96,300

Dentist

157,500

FAQ

  • Do I need to be a US citizen to go to dental school in the USA?

For advanced programmes like DDS, a US or Canadian undergraduate degree is preferred. There are other dental programs that accept international students, but this does depend on the admission policies of universities. 

  • Is DDS and BDS to the same degree?

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) is the same as Doctor of Medical Surgery (DMS). Both of these are more or less similar to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). 

  • Is DAT Scores compulsory to study dentistry in the USA? 

Top Universities mandatorily require DAT Scores for the application process.  

  • How long is a bachelor of dentistry in the USA?

Undergraduate dental degrees in the USA are from 2 to 5 years long.

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