The GRU College of Dental Medicine offers a four-year program leading to a doctor of dental medicine degree. Dual programs in oral biology also are available. The dental curriculum consists of courses in oral biology, clinical sciences, behavioral sciences and management.
A GRU dental education emphasizes early exposure to patients. Students begin treating patients as early as sophomore year, enjoying a seamless transition from lecture halls and laboratories to clinics. As they master new skills they practice them in the clinic, closely supervised by caring, committed faculty. The fourth year of education is devoted almost solely to patient care. Students also practice their skills in clinics and facilities throughout the state.
Dental school requires intense focus, hard work and long hours, but GRU's caring and dedicated faculty and staff are on hand to assist every step of the way. Most students approach dental school as a full-time pursuit, but students with jobs and/or families, including those who pursue dentistry as a second career, have excelled at GRU. Balance and commitment are key.
GRU's numerous student organizations, as well as dental organizations for students, provide fun, camaraderie and inspiration. Some of these organizations emphasize fun and relaxation. Others provide an early start on networking and the opportunity to help shape the dental field.
The College of Dental Medicine's Doctor of Dental Medicine program is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The commission's most recent site visit yielded eight commendations in predoctoral and graduate programs for outstanding performance. GRU students' scores on the National Boards I and II, required to practice dentistry, are consistently among the highest in the nation.
General Career Information
A career in dentistry can provide many exciting and rewarding opportunities. Some of the advantages of a career in dentistry include:
If these advantages are attractive to you, a career in dentistry may be right for you.
Most dentists are self-employed and establish a private practice alone or in partnership with other dentists. Other career options include public health, academia and the military. Some dentists complete advanced training after earning their dental degrees to specialize in areas such as orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology or other areas.
After completing the D.M.D. program, the new dentist is expected to: