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.

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 http://www.gsorthodontics.org. You can download the U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Application by clicking hereYou can download the International Resident Application by clicking here. 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 Paypal

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

If you are an international resident, please see below for additional documentation you must submit and how it should be submitted. Applicants should ask the issuing institutions/providers to send official documents such as transcripts and transcript translations, GPA and class rank letter, and test scores directly to the Office of Admissions at the following address:

Georgia School of Orthodontics
Office of Admissions
8200 Roberts Drive, Suite 550
Atlanta, Georgia 30350
Admissions@gaorthodontics.org

Please note all applications must be received by February 15, 2019. Our applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we urge you to apply as soon as possible.

Documents Required to Process Your Application:

  1. GSO Application – Click here to download the U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident ApplicationClick here to download the International Resident Application. Please download the appropriate Application, complete it in its entirety, and upload it onto our online application portal located above.
  2. Curriculum Vitae –  Applicants must provide their curriculum vitae via our online application portal. This can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button in the header of our website: http://www.gsorthodontics.org.
  3. 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 header of our website: http://www.gsorthodontics.org.
  4. Personal Essay – Please write an autobiographical sketch of at least 1 page in length, and include any previous orthodontic experiences and the your reasons for desiring orthodontic training. Please attach this personal statement to the Application
  5. Declaration and Certification of Finances Document – 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, and submit it through the application portal. Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:
    1. Personal or family funds
    2. Pre-approval for private student loans
    3. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Official National Dental Board Scores (NBDE) Part I – An official NBDE Part I passing score is required for all Applicants. NBDE Part 2 scores are strongly encouraged, and applicants who submit a passing score will be given preferential consideration. Effective November 30, 2016, printed official National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) result reports will no longer be sent via mail. If your exam has not been scored by this date your results will only be available online. This updated process will expedite result reporting by removing time spent delivering physical reports and eliminating issues that may be caused by sending the results via mail (i.e. delays, incorrect addresses, etc.). If you have further questions please contact the Department of Testing Services at nbexams@ada.org. When completing the request for the NBDE results, it will require the applicant’s email address, organization or institution name and contact name to which the results will be sent electronically. Please include our email Admissions@gaorthodontics.org Attn: John Blalock. The link will allow 7 days to access results. Applicants must submit official NBDE Part I scores by the program application deadlines. For NBDE information and registration materials, visit the American Dental Association – Testing or contact: The Joint Commission on Dental Examinations, 211 East Chicago Avenue Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 324-1694.
  8. Academic Performance Evaluation – 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.
  9. Letters of Recommendation – Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have known and worked closely with Applicants are required. 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. 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.
  10. Application Fee – Applicants 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 Supplemental Application information, you will see a PayPal button that will take you to the payment page. Please note that your application cannot be processed until we have received this fee.

Please note that we do not require ADAT scores as part of our application process. Once application materials are submitted, they become property of the Georgia School of Orthodontics. Please submit all application materials by the deadline of February 15, 2019.

International Residents – Additional Application Requirements:

In addition to the requirements listed above under “GSO Supplementary Application Requirements,” 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 in order 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. In addition, applicants must arrange to have an official TOEFL score report sent directly from the test 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 a 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 $150,000/year. The Program fees for the 2019/2020 academic year are $15,000/year.

Interviews:

Completed applications will be screened by the Admissions Committee. Once screened, select candidates will be invited for a one-day interview in the Spring. 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 $78,000/year. Program fees for the 2019/2020 academic year are $10,500/year.

The tuition for International Residents for the Georgia School of Orthodontics is $150,000/year. Program fees for the 2019/2020 academic year are $15,000/year.

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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