The University of Minnesota has the largest enrollment of pre-doctoral dental students in the upper Midwest, the only dental hygiene program in Minnesota that grants a baccalaureate degree and is affiliated with a dental school, and the only dental school-based education program for dental therapists in the United States. All programs emphasize education within a dental team environment and the scientific, scholarly, interpersonal communication and practice management skills required of graduates in a continually changing profession. Career planning is integrated into the core curriculum. Teaching methods are tailored to course content and include traditional lectures, small group tutorials, cooperative learning teams, routine laboratories and advanced simulation, clinical practice in a comprehensive care facility and community-based clinical experiences. All senior students treat patients in community-based, service-learning programs.
Further distinguishing the clinical education of the School of Dentistry are its advanced education programs. For more than two decades, the School of Dentistry has offered specialty training in six ADA-recognized specialties, including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. A General Practice Residency and graduate programs in TMD and Orofacial Pain and oral biology round out the education offerings.
The MinnCResT Program offers exciting fellowship and career development opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars wishing to begin, continue, or expand their research careers.
Most states in the United States (U.S.) require a degree from a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation before they are eligible to take a licensure examination. The University of Minnesota’s Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) is designed for graduates of dental schools outside of the U.S. and Canada seeking to practice dentistry in the U.S.
The School of Dentistry sponsors continuing dental education (CDE) programs to provide practicing dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental laboratory technicians with high quality educational experiences that impart knowledge, teach new skills, and encourage appropriate attitudes. It is hoped that these experiences will help bridge the gap between new and emerging technologies and the demands of daily dental practice.