UNMC College of Dentistry Dental ProgramLength of Program: 4 years
Application Opens: June 1
Application Deadline: October 1
Start Date: August
Class Size: 52
Degree Awarded: DDS
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
The University of Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). UNMC has been continuously accredited since 1913. The dental education program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Completion of our DDS program fulfills educational requirements for eligibility for licensure examinations and postgraduate training (i.e., a residency), which ultimately leads to licensure in all US states and territories. [See complete licensure disclosure.]
Why study dentistry?
Dentists experience the satisfaction, privilege and joy of positively transforming their patients’ lives by improving their oral health and making their communities healthier. Dentistry is a rewarding and challenging career that offers a wealth of benefits, including owning your own business, exercising creativity in daily work, working as part of a team, and helping to eliminate oral health disparities. The need for new dentists is rapidly increasing; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 7.6 percent, equating to 10,400 new dentist jobs through the year 2028.
Why the UNMC College of Dentistry Dental Program?
- Small class sizes & faculty-to-student ratios - Our students thrive in our close-knit, supportive environment receiving personalized guidance from our outstanding faculty members who have expertise in all areas of dentistry.
- Hands-on learning using cutting-edge technology - Our students build their clinical skills in our new, state-of-the-art Clinical and Virtual Simulation Lab using virtual reality, 3-D and haptics technology to navigate and manipulate virtual clinical environments. In our new Digital Design Studio, our students build cutting-edge digital dentistry skills using the latest CAD/CAM technology and an equipment studio with 3D printers.
- Exceptional patient care model for hands-on learning - 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.
- Hands-on learning through community outreach - Our many community outreach programs allow students to volunteer their time and talents to provide services to underserved populations. Students have memorable, rewarding experiences helping those in need while they practice their clinical and communication skills.
- 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.
- Student organizations and leadership opportunities - Our many student organizations offer students a variety of local, regional and national professional development and social activities, as well as opportunities to take on local, regional and national leadership roles.
- Student scholarships - Each year, dental students typically receive over $1.4 million in scholarships.
Core Topics Covered
Comprehensive Clinical Care, Critical Thinking, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Digital Dentistry, Evidence-Based Dentistry Principles, Operative Dentistry, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, Periodontal and Endodontic Therapy, Patient Communication, Practice Management, Prosthodontics, Research
Skills Students Develop
Critical thinking and problem-solving, clinical diagnosis and treatment planning, clinical hand skills (fine motor skills), digital dentistry application, patient communication, practice management and research.
Private Practice, Practice Owner, Public Health (public health agencies, community health clinics and schools), Advanced Education Residencies in Dental Specialties (ex: endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics), Research, Teaching
Joyce Hurst, Admissions
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740