The University of Minnesota has the largest enrollment of pre-doctoral dental students in the upper Midwest (98 per class), the only dental hygiene program in Minnesota that grants a baccalaureate degree and is affiliated with a dental school (24 students per class), and the only dental school-based education program for dental therapists in the United States (10 students per class). 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 fourth-year dental students spend six to eight weeks in extramural 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 Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. An Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, and graduate programs in TMD and Orofacial Pain round out the clinical education offerings.
The MinnCResT Program offers exciting fellowship and career development opportunities for graduate students and post-doctorates wishing to begin, continue, or expand their research careers.
Most states in the United States (U.S.) require a degree from a U.S. accredited dental school before a license can be issued. The University of Minnesota’s Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) prepares non-U.S. trained dentists for this requirement.
Continuing Dental Education (CDE) is housed within the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. The goal of CDE is 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.