Why the College of Dentistry?

Meet the Advanced Standing Dental Class of 2022 and learn what makes the UNMC College of Dentistry special.

Top 10 reasons our educational experience is extraordinary:

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1) Small class sizes and teacher-to-student ratios

With a small class size, our students thrive in our close-knit, supportive environment. Students receive personalized guidance and mentoring from our nationally renowned faculty members who have expertise in all areas of dentistry.


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2) Hands-on learning via simulations

In our innovative clinical and virtual simulation laboratory, students learn the latest clinical techniques through virtual dental trainers which use the most advanced simulation technology to achieve a high level of realism, allowing students to feel the difference between enamel, dentin, pulp and caries. Cutting-edge 3D, virtual reality and haptics technology allow students to navigate and manipulate virtual clinical environments. Take a virtual tour of our new learning spaces.


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3) Hands-on learning in digital dentistry

In our new digital design studio, students have access to the latest CAD/CAM technology for designing dentures and restorations, and an equipment studio with milling machines, 3D printers and other technology. Take a virtual tour of our new learning spaces.

 
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4) Hands-on learning in patient care clinics

We have created a highly effective clinical model that closely resembles providing comprehensive care within a private practice. Students are assigned to teams that provide patients with all the care they need. This clinic model promotes a sense of teamwork and helps students build relationships with their patients.


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5) Hands-on learning in specialties

Students can work alongside postgraduate residents to provide care to patients with more advanced treatment needs in our six postgraduate clinics: endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, general practice residency and advanced education in general dentistry. After graduation, students are encouraged to apply for UNMC’s advanced education residencies.

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6) Hands-on learning with community outreach

Our many community outreach programs (Special Olympics, SHARING Clinic, etc.) allow students to volunteer their time and talents to provide services to underserved populations that have little or no access to oral health care. Students have memorable, rewarding experiences helping those in need while they practice their clinical and communication skills.


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7) Collaborative, interactive classroom learning

Our faculty members utilize the latest interactive classroom technology. We are a leader in developing innovative e-modules to teach important concepts and our iWall allows students to interact with educational content through touch-enabled software and virtual reality. To our knowledge, we are the only dental program in the nation with an iWall, offering our students a truly unique educational experience.

 
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8) Student-lead research projects

Our students lead cutting-edge, award-winning research projects with guidance from our faculty. Students have opportunities to present their research findings at national meetings and many receive top honors for their work.

 
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9) Extraordinary faculty

Our faculty have a great impact on our students’ success. Many of our faculty are involved with cutting-edge research, lead local and national outreach activities for underserved populations, serve in leadership roles in organizations including the American Dental Education Association, and are dedicated practitioners, providing patient care using the latest clinical techniques.


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10) Focus on student wellness

First-year students take a wellness class where they build skills to enhance their well-being. Students have access to a wealth of health and wellness services.