As the state’s only dental school, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has a significant impact on the region—increasing access to quality dental care through outreach programs and educating 95% of the dentists in the state.
Our students are the best and the brightest. More than 1,000 compete each year for 98 coveted spots.
And upon entering, students are instilled with the value of public service that carries with them throughout their education and beyond.
School of Dentistry students and faculty treat patients in nursing homes, homeless shelters, and community dental clinics. They travel the state with portable equipment to help patients in underserved communities. This is part of our commitment to the state of Minnesota.
Today’s dental students will change the way care is delivered tomorrow. The University of Minnesota has blazed new trails that are redefining the way dentistry is learned and how dental care is delivered:
- Recently, the School of Dentistry became the first dental school in the nation to offer non-patient-based licensure exams. This is made possible in part by some of the school’s state-of-the-art facilities. These include a $9.5 million simulation clinic that allows students to hone their skills before seeing patients.
- In September, we launched the country’s first Dental Therapy Program. These new mid-level professionals will perform some of the same dental procedures now provided only by dentists. This will improve access to care—especially in inner city and rural areas—by expanding the number of professionals who can provide it.