DMD Admissions Information


admininfoweb Augusta University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam War Era veteran. The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University believes that a diverse student body enhances the educational opportunities for all students and is beneficial to the dental profession, The Dental College of Georgia, and the State of Georgia.

For the entering 2018 admissions cycle, Augusta University will participate in the Association of American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).

Up to 10 percent of students from out of state and eligible international students may be accepted for admission to the entering class of 2018.

Technical Standards

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is a state-assisted institution with the primary goal of educating dental health care providers for the citizens of Georgia. The ethical practice of dentistry requires intellectual ability, physical competence and personal responsibility. Therefore, all requirements for admissions to the DCG must be satisfactorily completed by each applicant. In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a career in a health care profession, qualification for admission and graduation requires satisfying the following general standards:

  1. Sufficient intellectual capacity to fulfill the curricular requirements of the various required basic science and clinical courses;
  2. Ability to communicate with patients, colleagues, faculty, staff and other members of the health care community;
  3. Ability to learn and safely perform the technical skills required to complete the dental curriculum; and
  4. Sufficient emotional stability and responsibility to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize the practice of dentistry.

Specific technical standards, based on clinical competencies and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, are available from the Office of Students, Admissions and Alumni.

 

Selection of a Career in Dentistry Should Be an Informed Decision

The selection of a career should be made after careful examination of the pros and cons of the field under consideration. Observing in the office of a general dentist is the best way to learn about dentistry, and the Student Admissions and Recruitment Committee recommends that applicants make arrangements to observe in the offices of one or more general dentists. While observing in a dentist 's office is not a requirement for admission, it is seen by the admissions committee as one measure of an applicant 's interest in dentistry as a career.

 

ADMISSION APPLICATION 

All applicants for admission must have taken the Dental Admission Test (DAT) within three years of application. Applicants for the 2018 entering class must have taken the DAT no earlier than September 1, 2014 and no later than September 30, 2017 to be eligible for the current admissions cycle.

Prospective students may take the computerized DAT anytime during the year at a Prometric test center. After taking the exam, an applicant must wait 90 days before scheduling a retake. However, each candidate may only take the test a total of three times before having to ask for special permission for a fourth opportunity.  The cost for each exam is $445.

Registration for the DAT can only be done through the American Dental Association (ADA). For further information visit the ADA website http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx or write to:

Dental Admission Testing Program
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60611
or call 1-800-232-1694

The American Dental Association's Department of Testing Services has recently published the 2012 Program Guide, offering assistance for the DAT test-takers. The Program Guide includes information on the history of the testing program, test content, test construction procedures, and the scoring and evaluation of the test. Program Guide.



Required if not born in the United States and native language is not English; cost ranges from $160-$250, depending on the region where the test is taken.

The internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL) is the only option available for current testers. The four-hour exam will cover all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 100, with 26 in the speaking component. Test must be taken before Sept 30 deadline, 11 months before those accepted are due to enroll. Visit www.ets.org or call 1-609-771-7100.

To have your scores sent directly to the Augusta University, enter 5425, our TOEFL Institution Code, on the back of the admission ticket.

All letters of recommendation to The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University must be submitted through the AADSAS process. The applicants for entering 2018 class have two options for submitting letters of recommendations. 

  • Option 1: The first option, requires two letters. One entry will be a packet or composite/committee letter. The applicant will indicate this on the AADSAS application. The Augusta University admissions committee requires the second letter, a personal reference, be a dentist.  
  • Option 2: The second option, requires four letters. One of the letters must be written and submitted by an academic professional (instructor, advisor, department chair, etc). The second letter must be from a dentist. The third and fourth letters can be submitted as personal letters and can be submitted by another academic advocate, another dentist, a supervisor, or someone who knows the applicant well enough to speak positively on the applicant's behalf.  Once an applicant has begun an AADSAS application (not finished or submitted) and has listed those who will be submitting letters of recommendation and their contact information, then the letter writers will receive a link via email with instructions on how to submit his/her letters on behalf of the applicant.

Interviews are also required; applicants are invited for interviews by the admissions committee following a review of each completed application. These interviews are with members of The Dental College of Georgia faculty who help assess the applicant 's personality, motivation and ability deemed pertinent to the successful study of dentistry. Once an applicant has been granted an interview they are expected to arrive at the DCG with various documents for verification purposes. If an applicant has a valid permanent resident card, he/she is required to bring the card to the interview, in which it will be copied by admission office personnel. For Lawful Presence Verification, all interviewed applicants are required to bring one of the following:

  • A Certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory
    A photocopy is not acceptable. Must bring original to physical address.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    USCIS form N-550 or N-570
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    USCIS form N-560 or N-561
  • A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • A current U.S. Passport
    Photocopy must include the photo page and the following page. 
  • A current Driver's License* issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008
  • A current Driver's License* issued by the State of Alabama after August 1, 2000
  • A current Driver's License* issued by the State of South Carolina after November 1, 2008
  • A current ID* issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008
  • A current Military ID
    Service member only, not dependent

LAWFUL PRESENCE FORM
In addition to the previous mentioned documents, there are several other forms that are acceptable by the DCG for Lawful Presence Verification

The admissions committee takes into consideration all aspects of an applicant 's background which might be relevant to the successful practice of dentistry, including unusual educational experiences or background, life experiences, work experiences, demonstrations of leadership in activities, involvement in community and extracurricular activities, and experience in an oral health care setting. The committee believes that students with diverse backgrounds are an asset to The Dental College of Georgia, the dental profession, the State of Georgia, and the United States. Final admission decisions are made based on the grade point average (both overall and in the sciences), DAT scores, letters of recommendation, interviews, other language test scores, as appropriate, and an assessment of the motivation and personal qualities of the applicant deemed most conducive to successfully completing the program and the practice of dentistry. The DCG will be accepting up to 10 percent of students from out-of-state and eligible international students.

 

For more information, please see our pages dedicated to:

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites
Application Information
Frequently Ask Questions
Admissions Brochure