The only dental school in Georgia is Augusta University, which grants advanced degrees in the field of dentistry. There are, however, 2 schools that will get you started on the road to an advanced degree: Andrew College, which grants an AS in Pre-Dentistry, and Valdosta State College, which awards a B.S. in Biology with a Pre-Dentistry focus. The programs include classroom and laboratory experiences. Some students may be able to choose dual-degree program options.
The following sections highlight the three Georgia colleges and universities that feature relevant educational programs. A table compares the schools' tuition rates.
Located in Cuthbert, Andrew College offers an Associate of Science degree in Pre-Dentistry. The AS program has a 64 credit curriculum that focuses on the general requirements for completing a higher-level dentistry program, including courses in: humanities and fine arts; science, math, and technology; social sciences; physical education; and others, with the program-specific courses being 4 chemistry courses.
Augusta University, located in Augusta, operates a College of Dental Medicine that awards a Doctor of Dental Medicine, as well as oral biology degrees that result in either a Master of Science or a Ph.D. The school has very specific admission requirements (which Andrew College's A.S. program does not fulfill), including 1 academic year of biology, chemistry, and English, and 1 semester of physics, earning a minimum of a C in each and requires a lab with each science. While all these are requirements for GRU, the program does not earn students enough credits to qualify for admission to the university, because the school also requires a minimum of 90 semester hours, and gives preference to students who have earned a bachelor's degree. A minimum of a 2.8 GPA is required, and prospective students will also have to take the Dental Admissions Test. The university offers programs in diagnostic sciences, endodontics, general dentistry, oral biology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral rehabilitation, orthodontics, patient services, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. The D.M.D. degree takes 11 semesters over 4 years to complete.
Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University is located in Valdosta, and offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology that has a variety of available pre-professional programs attached to it, 1 of which is Pre-Dentistry. The coursework focuses primarily on the study of biology, as the degree is firstly a biology degree, but the Pre-Dentistry focus is geared in its coursework towards qualifying students to apply to advanced dental programs. Students work with an academic advisor to make sure they craft their curriculum towards requirements for admission to dental schools, especially Augusta University, as it is the only dental school in the state.
In order to become a licensed dentist in Georgia, students must complete an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited program, pass the ADA National Board Examination, and submit an application and sealed transcript to the Georgia Licensing Board.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Andrew College||2-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||A.S. in Pre-Dentistry||$14,924 (per year for undergraduate students)*|
|Augusta University||4-year, public; midsize city|| Doctor of Dental Medicine;
Ph.D. or M.S. in Oral Biology
|In-state: $6,834; Non-residents: $19,234 (per year for graduate students)*|
|Valdosta State College||4-year, public; small city||B.S. Biology - Pre-Dentistry||In-state: $6,297; Non-residents: $16,871 (per year for undergraduate students)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator