Colleges with Dentistry Programs
To become a dentist, a student must complete a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD), or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) program at a dental school accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA), which is associated with the American Dental Association (ADA). There were 60 schools recognized by CODA as of 2015.
Because these are doctoral degree programs, dentistry is not offered as an undergraduate major. Still, students should begin preparing for dental school as undergraduates. They might seek a school that offers a pre-dental program, or students might pursue a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or another scientific field. Regardless of the major they choose, aspiring dentists should complete courses in the sciences in preparation for dental school.
Ohio State University (OSU)
Located in Columbus, OSU is Ohio's largest school in terms of student population. The OSU College of Dentistry offers a DDS program, which can be completed in four years. Topics of study include anatomy, pharmacy, anesthesiology, orthopedics and oral pathology. According to the school's website, they are the fourth largest public dentistry school in the nation, and they pride themselves on offering a wider variety of clinical experiences to their students.
University of Florida
The University of Florida's College of Dentistry (COD) offers a DMD program. Students take courses in infectious diseases, pediatric dentistry, oral health management, oral pathology, oral medicine and pharmacology. The school's COD features a dental simulation laboratory for students of all college levels.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
The Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota offers a DDS program through its School of Dentistry. Students have access to the school's dental simulation clinic, where they can build their eye-hand coordination and dental skills while working on mannequins. The school also features an advanced simulation clinic, which uses on-screen textbooks and virtual reality technology to evaluate student performance in real time.