Individuals accepted into programs of Texas A&M College of Dentistry must submit to and satisfactorily complete a drug screening as a condition of admission. This screen must be completed and satisfactory results received by Texas A&M College of Dentistry within 30 days after matriculation or before participation in a rotation or patient treatment that requires such a screening, whichever comes first. This guideline also applies to those students or program participants entering or continuing in programs that do not involve the review of the Admissions Committee or a Program Director. Students who refuse to submit to or do not pass the drug screening review may be dismissed from the program.
Drug screening results will be honored by College of Dentistry and all of its affiliates for the duration of the student's enrollment in the program if the participating student has not had a break in enrollment at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. A break in enrollment is defined as nonattendance of one full semester (fall or spring) or more. The above information must be verifiable through Texas A&M College of Dentistry.
The drug screening test will be performed by the Concentra Health Services Laboratory here at College of Dentistry on the first day of your scheduled orientation. This is an unobserved urine screen generally acceptable for prescreening of employees and students in educational rotations where they have access to vulnerable populations. A report of the results of this test will be provided to the College of Dentistry Student Health Clinic Nurse, and students cannot attend rotations at the facilities that require a screen until she receives an acceptable result from the laboratory.
Students are responsible for the cost of the screening. Fees for the test, approximately $45, will be charged to the student's school account. Students will be instructed when to report to the College of Dentistry Student Health Clinic on the first day of orientation.
Criminal Background Checks
Individuals accepted into programs at Texas A&M College of Dentistry must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check (CBC) review as a condition of matriculation. These CBCs disclose all actions including convictions, arrests, charges, grand jury indictments and deferred adjudications. Enrollment will not be final until the completion of the CBC with results deemed favorable. Admission may be rescinded based on a review of the CBC. This guideline also applies to those students or program participants entering or continuing in programs that do not involve the review of the Admissions Committee or a Program Director. Some international students with no experience in employment or education in the USA and a first time entry into the States may be exempt from this requirement due to Homeland Security background screening.
Students who refuse to submit to or do not pass the LCBC review may be refused admission or dismissed from the program.
The CBC will be done by CertifiedBackground.com. This is an online process that allows the applicant to see the results of the CBC and to release a report to the Texas A&M College of Dentistry security office. The Security staff will access the report online and relay any remarkable findings to the administrative committee responsible for review of any adverse results. Students have the right to challenge the results of the agency providing the information and should contact CertifiedBackground.com if they feel there are errors in the report to be sent to Texas A&M College of Dentistry.
The applicant is responsible for the cost of the CBC and may pay with credit card or money order. The company will quote the package fee of $40 but individuals with multiple names or residents of counties outside the State of Texas will incur additional fees.
Mandatory Health Insurance
Experiences of our students reinforce the wisdom of maintaining health insurance. With this in mind Texas A&M College of Dentistry has a mandatory requirement for this coverage. The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) does offer a policy but the student may fulfill this obligation in any way he or she chooses. The information and enrollment forms for the policy offered to students may be found through Associated Insurance Plans International. Choose "Texas A&M College of Dentistry (TAMU) campus".
Proof of insurance coverage must be submitted to the College of Dentistry Office of Student Affairs by July 1 of each year.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Texas A&M College of Dentistry Student Affairs at 214-828-8210.
Health Insurance Provisions Related to International Students
Because health care in the USA is expensive, it is TAMHSC guideline that all students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are required to be covered under the Student Health Insurance Plan or have equivalent insurance coverage. "Equivalent coverage" means that an alternate guideline must meet or exceed each of the following:
- Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500 and
- Medical evacuation to one's home country of at least $10,000 and
- Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness and
- A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
If you will be eligible to receive College health insurance coverage through employment as a budgeted graduate assistant (research or teaching) working a minimum of 20 hours a week, you will have opportunity to sign up during new employee enrollment for the "Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment" guideline. This portion of the employee policy will cover the "medical evacuation and repatriation" requirements. You may also purchase "medical evacuation and repatriation" coverage under a separate policy at an approximate rate of $25 per year.
Health insurance brochures are available in the Student Services Office, Room 525.
It is important that international applicants be aware of the following information regarding health care in the United States.
- Social Security is a mandatory retirement system in the USA and does not pay health care costs.
- No medical costs in the USA are subsidized by the government for international people who are non-residents. The USA does not have socialized medicine. All costs of health care are paid by the patient.
- All insurance policies are different in their coverage, costs, and the percentage of medical costs that will be reimbursed. Compare policies before purchasing.
- It is likely that the insurance provider will require the patient to pay in full all medical bills and then submit a claim form for reimbursement of covered expenses. Reimbursements can take several months. Copies of all medical bills and related documents should be kept for a least one year.
- Payment of bills and/or submitting insurance claim forms for reimbursement is the responsibility of each individual who receives medical treatment.
The following are terms that insurance policies have in common and that international applicants should understand before purchasing a policy. Questions about any aspect of a policy should be directed to the insurance company before purchasing.
- Dependent coverage means insurance for spouse and children. It is available in most policies at additional cost.
- A premium is the amount you pay to buy the policy.
- A deductible is an amount of money that you must pay for your health care services before the insurance policy will begin to pay. It can be a specific amount or a percentage of the cost of the medical bill. The is a non-refundable cost.
Effective July 1, 2015 (subject to change)
|Graduate Tuition - Residents (fee per semester hour)||$50.00|
|Graduate Tuition - Non Residents (fee per semester hour)||$440.00|
|Designated Tuition (fee per semester hour)
(total cost based on number of hours for each degree plan,
with a maximum of 15 hours)
|Non-Resident Differential Tuition (fee per semester hour)||$50.00|
|Academic Technology Fee (fee per semester hour)||$22.50|
|Computer Use Fee (fee per semester hour)||$6.39|
|Library Fee (fee per semester hour)||$7.50|
|Foreign Application Fee (one time only)||$100.00|
|International Fee (per semester)||$103.00|
|Health Fee (per semester)||$75.00|
|Summer reduced fee||$21.00|
|Medical Liability Fee (per semester)||$60.00|
|Summer reduced fee||$30.00|
|Matriculation Fee (one time only - first semester)||$15.00|
|General Property Deposit (one time only - first semester)||$10.00|
|ID Cards (picture ID, building access, garage access)||$20.00|
|Late payment of fees after 1st week (each semester)
$10 for each additional week
|Late fee for adding courses after reporting date, if an
increase in semester hours results
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