The goal of the predoctoral Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) curriculum is to educate healthcare professionals who value health promotion and possess the knowledge and skills to diagnose, manage, and prevent diseases, abnormalities, and other conditions affecting the oral and perioral tissues. The curriculum encompasses a broad understanding of the biomedical sciences, behavioral sciences, and clinical sciences, as well as social issues related to the general health and well-being of the public. The educational process develops and reinforces the dentist's ethical responsibility for the public and develops a keen sense of the role of the dentist as an integral member of the health professions team. Throughout their education, students are stimulated to model values and beliefs that demonstrate the commitment of the profession to the public welfare around the world.
This is accomplished by a curriculum that:
Furthermore, it is a curriculum that is characterized by:
Students admitted to the DDS degree program enter a four-year, full-time program, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon successful completion of the program, culminating in the DDS degree, the graduate dentist has met the educational requirement for licensure. Additional board examinations are required depending upon where the graduate plans to practice dentistry. The graduate dentist may sit for board examinations, or enter a residency or postdoctoral program in a specific dental specialty.
NYU College of Dentistry offers a seven-year combined degree program in dental education. The program is designed for strongly motivated high school graduates whose primary goal is dentistry; successful participation in the program leads to the Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees.
The first three years are spent primarily at the undergraduate institution and the remaining four at the College of Dentistry. The curriculum emphasizes behavioral and social sciences in order to meet the need for patient-oriented, broadly educated dental health professionals.
Candidates for the BA/DDS Program are expected to have outstanding high school records reflecting strong aptitude for advanced study. Candidates apply directly to the undergraduate institution.
Once accepted, students must maintain an honors grade point average in the undergraduate institution, meet the college's requirements for the baccalaureate degree, and satisfy admissions requirements of the College of Dentistry. Students are also expected to score well on the Dental Admissions Test, taken in October of the third year.
Students will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee of the College of Dentistry before being formally notified of acceptance. Candidates are given primary consideration by the College of Dentistry Admissions Committee, and the $80 application fee is waived.
Undergraduate institutions participating in the BA/DDS Program include:
New York University
Application for admission to the BA/DDS Program at New York University may be made by requesting the Common application from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, New York University, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10012. For further information on applying, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (212) 998-4500 or via their web site: http://admissions.nyu.edu
Application for admission to the joint degree BA/DDS program at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, can be made by contacting the Adelphi Office of Undergraduate of Admissions at (800) 233-5744 or (516) 877-3050, or by visiting the Adelphi undergraduate admissions web site: http://admissions.adelphi.edu/freshmen/.
NYU College of Dentistry, in a cooperative venture with fellow colleges of New York University, offers students in good academic standing the opportunity to pursue joint postgraduate study leading to both a DDS and an MPH in Global Public Health. Students must apply separately to both programs.
For more information on the MPH in Global Public Health, please visit the Global Institute of Public Health: http://giph.nyu.edu/mph.html. Students interested in pursuing this combined degree program should contact the Office of Admissions at the College of Dentistry, (212) 998-9818, for further information.
For more information, please contact:
Eugenia E. Mejia, MA, MEd, PhD
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management