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Dental School Preparation Course

About the Program

Want to know what it’s like to be a dental student?

Spend a weekend in the shoes of a dental student receiving instruction from dental school professors and completing exercises learned in dental school. You will have a great opportunity to use the DentSim units which are the most advanced simulation interactive multimedia learning environment for dental training and practice.

On Friday afternoon, you will enjoy presentations in the fields of restorative dentistry and prosthodontics in addition to a tour of the dental school facilities by senior dental students. During the tour, you will be able to ask the dental student tour guides about applying to dental school, dental school curriculum, and career options in dentistry.

The Saturday session will be divided between learning operative procedures in the advanced simulation clinic and making and pouring impressions in the simulation clinic/wet lab. A freshman dental student will be our guest speaker over the lunch hour to provide insight on how to prepare for applying to dental school and taking the DAT as well as what to expect as you begin dental school. Recognizing dental terminology and understanding biological and mechanical concepts are reinforced throughout the course.

The Sunday session will be divided between performing a gold crown preparation in the advanced simulation clinic and learning dental anatomy to create wax carvings, trimming stone casts, and fabricating bleaching trays in the simulation clinic/wet lab. The evening will conclude by presenting you with your certificate of completion.

This is a university-based dental school preparation course. It is a 2½-day (20-hour) program. Students attend lectures and perform dental procedures as one would in dental school.

Program Goals

Discover dentistry by acquiring hands-on experience in cavity preparation, crown preparation, diagnostic impressions, cast fabrication, diagnostic wax-up, and bleaching tray fabrication.

This course is designed for students in a pre-dentistry track with plans to apply to dental school.

  • To recognize dental terminology
  • To understand biological and mechanical concepts
  • To perform prosthodontic procedures
  • To manipulate dental instruments and materials
  • To work with advanced technology in dentistry
  • To be aware of the learning environment in a dental school setting
  • To establish a network and a community of practice
  • To meet new friends with common goals
  • To tour the dental school facilities and meet with dental students

Course at a Glance

Register Online

Registration Form

Course Brochure

Course Schedule

  • Course Directors: Dental School Professors
  • Prerequisite: Interest in applying to dental school
  • Course Participants: High school or college students in a pre-dentistry track
  • Course Length: 20 hours over 2.5 days
  • Course Dates in 2017: May 19-21, July 28-30, September 29-October 1
  • Total Tuition Due by: April 4 (for May course), June 13 (for July course), August 15 (for September course)
  • Overall Goal: Experience life as a dental student for a weekend
  • Hands-On Experience: Preclinical exercises and laboratory procedures
  • Course Size: Up to 42 participants per course
  • Course Fee: $525.00
  • Contact: Dee Blomster at bloms002@umn.edu

Contact us

All correspondence and/or inquiries regarding the program and registration should be addressed to:

Dee Blomster
Executive Administrative Specialist
Dental School Preparation Course
4-210 Moos Health Science Tower
515 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Email preferred: bloms002@umn.edu 
Phone: 612-625-8485
Fax: 612-625-9984

Course Preparation

Advanced Simulation Clinic Orientation

Prior to the course start date, please prepare by reviewing the Advanced Simulation Clinic Orientation online module so that you will be familiar with the software and hardware that you will be using. This will help us to make efficient use of your time when you arrive. It may take you 2 hours to navigate through the module, including the Introduction, Explore, and Practice components. You will conclude with a message for test taking, however there is NO TEST and that message can be ignored. Again, there is NO TEST. It is best to use a direct internet connection, rather than a wireless connection, due to some of the file sizes.

Advance Dental Simulation: Module on Crown Preparation

Additionally, please prepare for the full crown preparation by reviewing an online module through MedEdPORTAL.

Things to bring

Please bring a white lab coat and safety glasses, if you have them. Loaners and disposable gowns will be available, but you may be more comfortable with your personal items.

What to wear

Casual clothing is recommended. For safety reasons, we request that you wear full-length pants instead of shorts or skirts. If a skirt is required for religious reasons, it should be full-length and loose fitting. Please wear closed-toe shoes with full coverage, not sandals or open-toe shoes. Lab coats will be worn in addition to your choice of dress. Those with long hair should be prepared to have their hair pinned or pulled back so that it does not interfere with the field of vision or require handling during laboratory procedures.

Resources

Directors

Ranier M. Adarve, D.M.D., M.S., M.H.P.E. 

612-624-1960
adar0002@umn.edu
Associate Professor
Course Director in Fixed Prosthodontics
Recognized internationally for his expertise in interactive multimedia design and has published his educational tools on MedEdPORTAL.

Heather J. Conrad, D.M.D., M.S., FACP, FRCD(C)

612-624-5046
conr0094@umn.edu
Associate Professor & Director
Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics
Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and has published several articles in the field of implant and esthetic dentistry.

Lisa A. James, D.D.S., Cert. Prosthodontics 

612-626-2342
fedo0011@umn.edu
Clinical Associate Professor
Course Director in Fixed Prosthodontics
Internationally recognized in the field of prosthodontics and delivers engaging presentations on esthetic dentistry.

Richard Ruth

612-625-1477
ruthx008@umn.edu
Information Technology Professional
Manages the Dental Learning Resource Center, assists in the Advanced Simulation Clinic, and develops academic technology projects.

Dee Blomster, ALA

612-625-8485
bloms002@umn.edu
Executive Administrative Specialist
Restorative Sciences - Preclinic

Schedule

This course will be offered on the following dates in 2017:

  • Spring – May 19-21
  • Summer – July 28-30
  • Fall – September 29-October 1

The time of day the course runs:

  • Fridays – 12:45 to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Sundays – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Course Schedule

Registration & Fees

Dental School Preparation Course 

This is a 20-hour intensive program designed to prepare a student for dental school. The program consists of series of lectures about different procedures in dentistry given by faculty who are experts in their field and series of hands-on dental laboratory procedures. Students will also have the opportunity to use the most advanced training tool to date – DentSim®. This is a multi-million dollar advanced simulation technology that the Dental school is using for our current dental students. This course provides all these opportunities to prepare you for your application and entry to Dental School.

The course is limited to 30 right-handed students and 2 left-handed students* due to equipment availability. Registration is first-come first-served basis. If the left-handed seats are full, the student will be contacted immediately and payment will be returned.

Registration opens once the previous course is completed. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for the Dental Preparation Course online yourself. Sending in a form and check prior to the registration opening is not considered being registered for the course. 

No waiting list is established until the course you are registering for is full.

For now, we do not accept online payment. Please mail your payments to Ms. Dee Blomster. The payment information is listed below. Your registration is complete when payment has been received.

Registration for this course confirms you have read and agree to the payment and refund policies listed online.

Please mail payments to: c/o Dee Blomster Dental School Preparation Course 4-210 Moos Tower 515 Delaware St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

For further assistance, please call 612-625-8485

*You will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; however, the course is not eligible for continuing education credit or other university course credit.

Course Fee

The total course fee is $525.00. After you register your name and address online, a $75.00 non-refundable deposit payable by check to the University of Minnesota is required to hold your reservation. Payment of the non-refundable deposit is due within 2 weeks after online registration. Payment of the $450.00 balance payable by check to the University of Minnesota is due 45 days prior to the course start date. If you register less than 45 days prior to the course start date, mail a check for the full course amount of $525.00 immediately to hold your reservation. If you register within 5 days of the course start date, please bring cash or a certified check directly to Dee Blomster at the School of Dentistry.

Please mail check payments and a completed Registration Form to:
c/o Dee Blomster
Executive Administrative Specialist
Dental School Preparation Course
4-210 Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

  • Spring – May 19-21 (Total tuition due by April 4)
  • Summer – July 28-30 (Total tuition due by June 13)
  • Fall – September 29-October 1 (Total tuition due by August 15)

Meals

Refreshments and a light snack will be provided on Friday afternoon while breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. If you have special dietary needs please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the program start date. Dinner is at the student’s individual discretion and several restaurants within immediate walking distance are available along Washington Avenue.

Parking

Parking coupons will be issued to you upon arrival for all 3 days at the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp. During Gopher football games or other special events, you may be redirected to park at the East River Road Garage.

Accommodations

Several hotels are close to the University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus. The Commons Hotel is recommended as it is located across the street from the dental school.

Refund Policy

A refund of $450.00 will be issued if you cancel 30 total days prior to the first day of the course. If you cancel less than 30 days but more than 10 days prior to the first day of the course, a refund of $225.00 will be issued. No refunds will be issued if you cancel within 10 days of the course. If you cancel within 10 days of the course due to illness or a family emergency, a refund will not be issued; however, you are welcome to attend the next available course.

Location

Facilities & Location

The University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry is the state’s only dental school, and the only dental school in the northern tier of states between Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest. As such, we are a regional resource to five states for dental education, consulting services, patient treatment, and ongoing continuing dental education. We educate general dentists and dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental educators and research scientists. Our mission is to improve oral and craniofacial health by educating clinicians and scientists who translate knowledge and experience into clinical practice.

University of Minnesota
School of Dentistry
Dental School Preparation Course
4-210 Moos Health Science Tower
515 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Parking

Parking coupons for all 3 days will be issued to course participants upon arrival on Friday. These parking coupons are ONLY valid at University of Minnesota parking facilities. We recommend that you park in the Washington Avenue Ramp as it is the closest university parking facility to the School of Dentistry. During Gopher football games or other special events, you may be redirected to park at the East River Road Garage. Please review a map prior to arrival to familiarize yourself with the East Bank Campus.

To access the Washington Avenue Ramp, you should turn west on Beacon Street SE and then turn south on Union Street SE. The entrance to the ramp is off of Union Street SE.

To access the East River Road Garage, you will find the entrance off of East River Parkway.

**DO NOT park in the Fairview Patient/Visitor Ramp on Delaware Street SE. Although the ramp is close to the School of Dentistry, it is not part of the University of Minnesota and we cannot reimburse you for parking in this ramp.

Off-campus transportation to get to campus

Metro Transit is the public transportation service for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Please visit their website to plan your bus or light rail transportation.

Accommodations

Where do I stay?

Several hotels are close to the University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus. The Commons Hotel is recommended as it is located across the street from the dental school.

Are meals covered?

Refreshments and a light snack will be provided on Friday afternoon while breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. If you have special dietary needs please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the program start date. Dinner is at the student’s individual discretion and several restaurants within immediate walking distance are available along Washington Avenue.