Dentistry is the art and science devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums, and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and adjacent structures. A dentist is a scientist and clinician dedicated to the highest standards of health through prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and conditions.
- College of Dentistry
- Female, Male
- Years of study
- 6 (Preparatory + 5 college)
- Credit hours
- Additional requirements
- Internship Program
Internship Program (One Year)
The Internship Program is a comprehensive program that is designed to offer the widest possible experience and understanding in all disciplines of dentistry in order to allow a smooth transition from dental school to dental practice.
In addition to the clinical experience that the intern will receive, there is also an intensive didactic program composed of advanced education seminars, treatment planning sessions, case presentations, article critiques, research projects and hospital rounds.
Per university bylaws, a student must complete all required credit hours as outlined in the program with a minimum GPA in order to graduate.
Previously, 197 credit hours were required with a minimum GPA of 2.0 out of 5. However, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, all incoming students to the dental program must complete a total of 199 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 5.
Dentistry offers a variety of specialties and various career options. In addition to private practice, excellent opportunities exist in academia and research, careers with government agencies or in public hospitals.