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List of the Best Dentistry Schools in the U.S.

by Cassandra Ifie

The Commission on Dental Accreditation endorses over 60 dental schools in the U.S., requiring each institution to maintain an exceptional educational curriculum. Dental school graduates are awarded a Doctor of Dental Medicine, or DMD, or a Doctor of Dental Surgery or DDS degree. Future dentists spend approximately four years in dental school after completing their undergraduate studies. Dental programs are not ranked, but many highly-regarded accredited institutions with a tradition of academic excellence and reputable faculty exist throughout the nation.

University of Alabama

The University of Alabama School of Dentistry offers a Doctor of Dental Medicine or DMD degree. The university's dentistry school has pioneered such dental techniques as "four-handed dentistry." Coursework involve topics related to dental anatomy, operative dentistry, growth and development genetics and periodontology. Students enrolled in the DMD degree program can also concurrently earn a Ph.D. in biomedical science. Additionally, the university offers postdoctoral training in endodontics, biomaterials, pediatric dentistry and oral biology.

Harvard University

As a leader in developing ground-breaking educational concepts, Harvard University was the first dental school in the U.S. to be connected with a university and coordinated with its medical school, giving students access to numerous scholarly and scientific resources. Students focus on courses related to scholarly inquiry in medicine, human systems, dental patient diagnosis and implant therapy. Students pursuing the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Harvard are required to complete a research project and defend a thesis prior to graduation.

Rutgers University

Rutgers University is home to New Jersey's only dental school and Doctor of Dental Medicine academic degree program. Course topics focus on communication in health care, pharmacology, oral radiology and cultural dynamics, and humanism in dentistry. Students have the opportunity to attend regular seminars featuring practicing dentists and other professionals in the medical field. Rutgers offers a variety of continuing education classes and workshops for dental practitioners seeking information on new techniques and opportunities for professional growth.

University of Pennsylvania

Students studying at the University of Pennsylvania have the opportunity to design a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree to their specific career interests. The university offers dual degree options in several areas, including bioethics, public health, law and business administration. Coursework involves such subject matter as restorative dentistry, dental materials, dissection and microbiology. The university provides dental professionals with a variety of post graduate study opportunities, concentrating in specializations such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and periodontal prosthetics.

About the Author

Cassandra Ifie is a librarian living in Richmond, Va. She has also been a writer since 2008. Ifie received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Rust College.

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