Students who want to serve their community can consider attending a Christian institution with a dental school. These schools offer master's and doctoral degrees in varying specialties to get students engaged in an area of dentistry that interests them.
Dental schools often have varying tuition costs based on how far along students are in the program. For this table, we've looked at the first-year tuition for dental students. You'll see that many of the Christian universities that offer dental programs are affiliated with the Roman Catholic tradition.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||First-Year Graduate Tuition*|
|Creighton University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Omaha, NE||$66,120 (2018-2019)|
|Meharry Medical College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Nashville, TN||$52,407 (2016-2017)|
|Marquette University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Milwaukee, WI||$52,000 (in-state) (2017-2018)|
|Loma Linda University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Seventh Day Adventist||Loma Linda, CA||$70,500 (2018-2019)|
|Saint Louis University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Saint Louis, MO||$37,540 (2018-2019)|
Source: *School websites
Overview of Christian Dental Schools
The following universities all have dental schools and programs to bring forth the next generation of dental professionals. The goal for these programs is to provide excellent education and hands-on practice while instilling a desire to help globally.
Creighton University's School of Dentistry offers an intimate education experience, with a small student to teacher ratio of 6:1. In fact, U.S. News and World Report named Creighton the best regional university in the Midwest for 2018. Students who wish to earn their Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree will study several subjects, including behavioral science, practice management, ethics, critical thinking, and the sciences. Students have the opportunity to learn through doing by working in the dental clinic. Students get to work with the community and the underprivileged, making dentures for the homeless and servicing the children in the community's dental needs. Along with this, students can get involved in service trips, justice work, and humanitarian relief.
Meharry Medical College
Every school year, Meharry Medical College admits roughly 60 students in the School of Dentistry program. They offer two different dental programs: general practice and oral maxillofacial surgery. Students are expected to meet basic sciences course requirements at the college's medical school within their first year, which prepares them for their dental-focused education that follows. Students can grow in their faith through service work. Students can work at the Saltwagon free clinic to help under-served people in the community with high-quality health and oral care.
To earn the DDS at Marquette University, Wisconsin's only dental school, you can expect four years of courses and clinical practicums. Courses include restoration of teeth, foundations of oral health, dental anatomy, prosthodontics, orthodontic techniques, endodontics, and pediatric patient care, among many others. Students will spend their dental rounds in the on-campus clinic, providing care to patients. The heart of campus is the St. Joan of Arc Chapel where students can attend mass Monday-Friday.
Loma Linda University
Along with a bachelor's degree program in dental hygiene, Loma Lina University's School of Dentistry has a DDS program. Loma Linda also offers post-degree programs that allow students to earn certificates in dental specializations, such as implant dentistry, periodontics, dental anesthesiology, and pediatric dentistry. While this isn't the complete list, students can use these to build on their doctoral degrees. To refresh yourself weekly with the Spirit, Loma Linda has a Refresh! midweek worship. Students can also join in retreats, activities, Bible study, and weekly worship with lunch following on the lawn.
Saint Louis University
As the most affordable graduate school on this list, Saint Louis University offers four master's degrees in dentistry. Specialized certificates are attached to each program, differentiating the Master of Science in Dentistry degrees. Those specialization areas are in pediatrics, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics. There are four clinics on campus for hands-on practice, one for each of the specializations. Students can get involved with campus ministry through prayer, choir, service and days of reflection. The SLU tradition is 'care for the entire person,' cura personalis, so students can get involved in multiple ways.