Career Options

Career for Medical/Dentistry Graduates

  • Physician
  • Clinical Professor
  • Orthodontist
  • Dentist
  • Surgeon
  • Researcher
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Medical Specialist (oncology, pediatrics, neurology, etc.)

Starting Salary*

A doctor's typical starting salary is $107,442. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $168,349. A dentist’s typical starting salary is $97,077. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $124,249.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Internship and Graduate School Opportunities Premedicine/Predentistry

About 80 percent of APU’s medical majors participate in internships and/or conduct research within the Department of Biology and Chemistry. Other internships include medical missions in Mexico and performing venipuncture at Monrovia Community Hospital. Nearly 90 percent of APU’s preprofessional graduates pursue a post graduate degree at institutions such as Loma Linda University; University of California, Irvine and Riverside; Wise Medical College; Loma Linda Dental School; Albert Einstein College of Medicine; College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; and other institutions.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.