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 Salary1

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.

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. Historically, 80 percent or more of students who have completed our rigorous premedical track have been accepted into medical school.

Medical schools to which these students have been accepted include the following: University of California San Diego, Baylor, UCLA, UC Irvine, Albert Einstein, Finch, Georgetown, University of Illinois Chicago, Loma Linda, St. Louis University, University of Southern California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon Health and Science, Kansas State, Penn State, Wayne State, Temple, Tulane, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin, Uniformed Services, and seven Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


  1. 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
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