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The Georgia School of Orthodontics is currently accepting applications for its Residency Program. GSO accepts graduates who have completed an accredited dental school in the United States or an equivalent foreign dental school. GSO is now certified to enroll F-1 nonimmigrant students. Please see the “International Residents” section below for additional requirements for applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics earned the status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements” from the Commission on Dental Accreditation in August 2019. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information regarding this process you may contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Application Process:

All applications must be filled out using our online application portal. This can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button in the header bar of our website Click here to download the U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident ApplicationClick here to download the International Resident Application.  If you are an International Resident, please pay careful attention to the additional documents required to process your application, detailed below and in the application itself.

Applicants must submit certain documentation via the online application portal. It will not be accepted if mailed. Please carefully read the minimum requirements below for details on which documents may be accepted via the application portal and which must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions. Specifically, only the following documents may be and must be submitted via the application portal:

  1. Application Form
  2. Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Applicant’s Photograph
  4. Personal Essay
  5. Declaration and Certification of Finances
  6. $75 Application Fee paid via Papal

The following documents must be sent directly from the issuing institution/provider in sealed envelopes to the Georgia School of Orthodontics:

  1. Official Transcripts
  2. Letters of Recommendation
  3. Academic Performance Evaluation

The following documents must be sent directly from the issuing institution/provider via email to the Georgia School of Orthodontics Office of Admissions at admissions@gaorthodontics.org:

  1. National Board of Dental Examiners Scores

Please make sure all application materials are completed and submitted by the January 17, 2020 deadline.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION

  1. APPLICATION FORM

All applications must be filled out using our online application portal. This can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button in the top left corner of our website: http://www.gsorthodontics.org.

  1. CURRICULUM VITAE

Applicants must provide their curriculum vitae via our online application portal. This can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button in the top left corner of our website: http://www.gsorthodontics.org.

  1. PHOTOGRAPH

Applicants must provide a passport-style photograph (2” x 2” in size) via our online application portal. This can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button in the top left corner of our website: http://www.gsorthodontics.org.

  1. PERSONAL ESSAY

Applicants must submit a personal essay as part of the admissions process via our online application portal. This can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button in the top left corner of our website: http://www.gsorthodontics.org.

The essay should be an autobiographical sketch of at least 1 page in length, and include any previous orthodontic experiences and the Applicant’s reasons for desiring orthodontic training.

  1. DECLARATION AND CERTIFICATION OF FINANCES

Applicants must demonstrate financial resources adequate to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Atlanta.  Applicants must complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form included in this application, and submit it through the application portal. Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:

  • Personal or family funds
  • Pre-approval for private student loans

If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past six months must be provided. Additionally, if the Applicant is receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding he or she will provide during the program.

The Declaration and Certification of Finances information is included in this application and must be submitted via our online application portal. This can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button in the top left corner of our website: http://www.gsorthodontics.org.

  1. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM ALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED

Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions from which Applicants received credit are required- regardless of whether the course pertained to a degree program. Transcripts must be sent directly by the issuing institution to the Office of Admissions at the address given above in a sealed institutional envelope.

  1. OFFICIAL NATIONAL BOARD PART I & II SCORES

Successful completion of the NBDE, Part I and Part II (when available) is required of all Applicants. Scores for Part I and Part II are due by the application deadline of February 23, 2018. Applicants must have their scores emailed directly from the American Dental Association to the Office of Admissions at admissions@gaorthodontics.org. Applicants are advised to request NBDE scores as early    as possible as it can take some time for them to be received. Contact the National Board at (312) 440-2678 or get a request form at    their website www.ADA.org/en/jcnde (click on “Examinations”, then “NBDE Part I and Part II Results Request”, then “log in” and follow the instructions from there).

  1. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have known and worked closely with Applicants are required. Specifically, there must be:

  1. Minimum of one letter from a dental school faculty member, preferably in the Department Orthodontics.
  2. Two remaining recommendations from faculty members or practicing orthodontists.

The recommenders must submit the letters in sealed envelopes, with their signatures across the seal, by mail directly to the Office of Admissions at the address given above.

  1. ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FORM

Applicants must request that the dean of their dental school complete the Academic Performance Evaluation included in the Application. This must indicate the Applicants’ official GPA and class rank. This form must be mailed from the Dean directly to the Office of Admissions at the address given above in a sealed envelope.

  1. APPLICATION FEE

The Applicant must submit a nonrefundable $75 Application Fee prior to the initial review of their application. The Application Fee must be paid through PayPal. After clicking the “Apply Now” button in the top left corner of this page and submitting your initial application information, you will see a PayPal button that will take you to the payment page.

Please note that we do not require ADAT scores as part of our application process. Once application materials are submitted, they become the property of the Georgia School of Orthodontics. Please submit all application materials by the deadline of October 4, 2019.

International Residents – Additional Application Requirements:

In addition to the requirements listed above under “Documents Required to Process Your Application,” international residents are also required to submit the following:

  1. Transcript Translation Requirements – If your undergraduate and dental degrees are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a notarized translation from an official translator. Thus, both the translation and the original degree must both be notarized. Provisional degrees are NOT accepted.
  2. TOEFL Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers – All international applicants must be proficient in the English language to be considered for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide valid TOEFL scores. TOEFL score reports must be no more than two years old. Applicants should self-report their TOEFL results in the application. Applicants must arrange to have an official TOEFL score report sent directly from the testing agency to the Georgia School of Orthodontics at the address listed below under “Contact.” U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are not required to submit TOEFL scores. International applicants who have earned a degree from the U.S. or English-speaking Canadian university may be exempted from the TOEFL requirement. Georgia School of Orthodontics English Proficiency TOEFL Minimum Requirements: iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) minimum total score: 96 PBT (Paper-based TOEFL) minimum total score: 600
  3. Tuition and Fees – The tuition for international residents is $157,500 for the 2020/2021 academic year. The Program fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are $15,750/year. Tuition and program fees are subject to change annually.

Interviews:

Completed applications will be screened by the Admissions Committee. Once screened, select candidates will be invited for a one-day interview. The Faculty Admissions Committee will interview the Applicants on a one-on-one basis. Candidates will then be selected for admission based on the results of their interview and application materials. All Applicants will be evaluated on the uniqueness of their candidacy and the potential benefits that each candidate can bring to the program.

Tuition and Fees:

The tuition for U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents for the Georgia School of Orthodontics is $85,000 for the 2020/2021 academic year. Program fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are $12,350/year. Tuition and program fees are subject to change annually.

The tuition for International Residents for the Georgia School of Orthodontics is $157,500 for the 2020/2021 academic year. Program fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are $15,750/year. Tuition and program fees are subject to change annually.

Contact:

Georgia School of Orthodontics
Office of Admissions
8200 Roberts Drive, Suite 550
Atlanta, Georgia 30350
Phone: 770 628 5441, ext. 5
Fax: 770 538 1531
Email: admissions@gaorthodontics.org

Accreditation Notice:

The program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/ed/coda.

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