Accelerated Dental Program (DDS)

Accelerated Dental Program (DDS)

Description

The Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry offers an opportunity to earn the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) to qualified graduates of international dental schools while under a part-time faculty contract within the School of Dentistry.

The purpose of this program is to provide dentists educated in international dental schools an opportunity to earn a DDS degree from an accredited U.S. dental school in order to help meet the educational requirements for eligibility for licensure in all states. It is also helpful to those planning an academic career in dental education and research as it provides valuable teaching experience.

The Accelerated Dental Program (ADP) is individualized to meet the educational needs of the student. It consists of didactic and clinical components distributed over a two-year program. The program begins in the Fall of the academic year (August) and ends in August of the second year. The administration is able to consider offering a one- or two-year extension of the program at their discretion.  Tuition rates depend on the length of the program.

The program consists of a minimum of two years, all of which must be completed at University of Detroit Mercy (transfer students will not be considered). The program may extend beyond the two-year period to meet an individual's educational needs. This option is at the discretion of the administration of the dental school.

*Acceptance into the accelerated dental program also depends on the educational and faculty personnel needs of the School of Dentistry, which may vary each year.

Please note: You must have an ADA accredited post-graduate dental specialty degree or certificate from at least a two-year United States or Canadian program in clinical dentistry to be eligible to apply to the Accelerated Dental Program.

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    Accelerated Dental Program Admission

    You must have an ADA accredited post-graduate dental specialty degree or certificate from at least a two-year United States or Canadian program in clinical dentistry to be eligible to apply to the Accelerated Dental Program.

    1. Interested applicants should send to the program director (Dr. John Palanci, palancjg@udmercy.edu)

    • a letter of interest
    • and current curriculum vitae

    Dr. Palanci will review the applicant’s qualifications and consult with division chairs to determine if the applicant’s qualifications meet departmental needs. If so, a formal application will be sent for admission.

    2. Each applicant is required to submit a complete formal application for admission. No application will be reviewed until it is complete. The complete application consists of the following:

    • Application form
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • Passport type photograph (2" x 2")
    • $75 application fee (U.S. funds, made payable to Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry)
      Note: Money order or certified check only.
    • Official Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials Course-by-Course Evaluation Report. This report must be prepared by the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

      Note: Payment for this service is made directly to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. Please read and follow application instructions carefully.
    • An official copy of National Board Dental Examination Scores, Part I. Successful completion of this examination is required and a maximum of two attempts to pass this examination will be allowed. This must be an original document and mailed from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
    • Evidence of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization status. The applicant must either be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien (Green Card), show proof that permanent residency status is in process, or meet eligibility for requirements for a F1 student visa.
    • Demonstrated competence in the English language. Non-native English speakers are required to complete one of the following options:
      • The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL - IBT) with a minimum score of 25 on each section AND a minimum total score of 100 is required.
      • The Detroit Test of English Language Proficiency with a combined score of 80 and passing grade in Composition and Speaking.

        Note: The Office of Academic Administration reserves the right to request the applicant be tested by the Department of American Language and Culture, University of Detroit Mercy, regardless of TOEFL-IBT results
    • One letter of recommendation from the dean or academic dean of the candidate's overseas dental program
    • Program director of the post-doctoral program.
    • Two letters of professional reference from faculty of the candidate's accredited U.S. graduate dental specialty degree program
    • An official transcript, posting the earned certificate or degree from an accredited U.S. graduate dental specialty degree program

    Individuals who do not meet the above stated criteria will not be considered for an interview.

    Completed applications will be reviewed by February 1 and candidate interviews will be offered starting March 1.

    Adjunct Faculty Position

    PLEASE NOTE: Acceptance into the accelerated dental program is based on the educational and faculty personnel needs of the School of Dentistry. Applications received by the Office of Academic Administration will be reviewed based on potential part-time faculty positions available for the next academic year.

    If a position is available, completed applications will be forwarded to specific educational divisions for review. The division chair is responsible for the review and selection of potential candidates. The interview process for potential candidates is coordinated by the specific division chairperson and the director of the Accelerated Dental Program.

    If a department is interested in recruiting and hiring an Accelerated Dental candidate, that recommendation will be forwarded to the academic dean. The dean will make the final determination if a candidate is eligible for the Accelerated Dental Program.

    Description

    • Position includes 20 hours per week (50 percent FTE) of student contact while teaching during the student preclinic lab, clinic, or classroom sessions in the two-year program.
    • Teaching commitment in the 3rd and 4th year track will increase up to 80 percent FTE after the first semester.  During this first this student will proceed academically with the students in the two-year cohort.
    • Faculty are required to teach for six complete terms for a two-year program; nine complete terms for a three-year program and 12 terms for a four-year program.
    • Teaching and clinical assignments are determined by the department chairperson. Faculty are expected to participate in all faculty-related activities, including faculty meetings, faculty development programs, graduation, school-sponsored social gatherings, etc.
    • Annual salary is $32,000.00.
    • Benefits include TIAA-CREF and health insurance.
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    Accelerated Dental Program Curriculum and Cost

    Revised: 6-2021

    Two Year Program - 2021-2023

    Matriculation Date: Aug. 2021

    Anticipated Graduation: August 2023

    Fall Term First Year 2021

    • DBS 6030 Integrated Biomedical Sciences (2 credits) A. Gupta
    • DPE 6050 Principles of Surgical Dentistry (2 credits) J. Palanci
    • DRD 6040 Principles of Restorative Dentistry (3 credits) J. Palanci
    • DPD 6010 Pediatric Lectures and Behavior Management, DEF, S. Atwan/S. Aljuneidi
    • DOD 6010 Orthodontics, DEF, R. Alqawasmi
    • DOM 6010 Radiology Clinic DEF 

    Winter Term First Year 2022

    • DOM 6010 Radiology Clinic (1 credit) 
    • DOD 6010 Orthodontics, DEF, A. Al-Qawasmi
    • DPD 6010 Pediatric Lectures and Behavior Management, DEF, S. Atwan/S.Aljuneidi
    • DENT 6000 Comprehensive Patient Care I, DEF, J. Palanci
    • DENT 6010 Advanced Concepts in Clinic Dentistry Seminar I, DEF, M. Campos

    Summer Term Second Year 2022

    • DOD 6010 Orthodontics (1 credit) R. Alqawasmi
    • DPD 6010 Pediatric Lectures and Behavior Management, DEF, S. Atwan/S.Aljuneidi
    • DPD 6210 Pediatric Clinic, DEF, S. Atwan/S.Aljuneidi
    • DSD 6010 Patient Management, DEF, J. Palanci
    • DENT 6000 Comprehensive Patient Care I, DEF, J. Palanci
    • DENT 6010 Advanced Concepts in Clinic Dentistry Seminar I, DEF, M. Campos

    Fall Term Second Year 2022

    • DPD 6010 Pediatric Lectures and Behavior Management (2 credits) S. Atwan/S.Aljuneidi
    • DPD 6210 Pediatric Clinic, DEF, S. Atwan/S.Aljuneidi
    • DSD 6010 Patient Management, DEF, J. Palanci
    • DENT 6000 Comprehensive Patient Care I, DEF, J. Palanci
    • DENT 6010 Advanced Concepts in Clinic Dentistry Seminar I, DEF, M. Campos

    Winter Term Second Year 2023

    • DPD 6210 Pediatric Clinic (1 credit) S. Atwan/S.Aljuneidi
    • DSD 6010 Patient Management (1 credit) J. Palanci
    • DENT 6000 Comprehensive Patient Care I, DEF, J. Palanci
    • DENT 6010 Advanced Concepts in Clinic Dentistry Seminar I, DEF, M. Campos

    Summer Term Second Year 2023

    • DENT 6000 Comprehensive Patient Care I (26 credits) J. Palanci
    • DENT 6010 Advanced Concepts in Clinic Dentistry Seminar I (1 credit) M. Campos

    Elective Course

    • DENT 6020 Independent Research (10 credits) J. Palanci

    *DEF=Deferred Course with grade provided in subsequent semester

    Tuition and Fees Exclusively for the

    Two -Year Track Accelerated Dental Students

    Beginning Their Program in the 2021-2022 Academic Year 

    Calendar Year: 2021-2022

    Year 1

    Year 2

    *Tuition: (Subject to Change)  

    $24,560.00

    $24,560.00

    *All Post-Graduate Students must have health insurance coverage or must enroll in the University plan provided through Aetna Health Insurance Policy; plan information is available at www.aetnastudenthealth.com.  Fees are subject to change without notice. It is anticipated that the costs of tuition and books will increase commensurate with inflation, budget needs, or similar affecting factors. Current costs are available upon request.