Charlotte, NC Dental Schools with Degree Options and Information

Jan 02, 2019

Currently, there are about five schools offering dental programs in the Charlotte, NC, area. Read an overview of three of these programs -- all within about 40 miles of downtown -- and explore coursework requirements.

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Dental Programs in Charlotte, NC

For those interested in becoming a dentist or entering a related field like dental hygiene or assistance, multiple options are available within the Charlotte area. This following highlights three of these institutions and provides details on the programs. Check out the table to learn about costs, acceptance rates and more for these schools. Some info about a fourth school, which is about 23 miles from central Charlotte, is also highlighted.

  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, located less than 10 miles from downtown, is a four-year public university offering a pre-dental training program to prepare students for dental school; the program is an add-on to a separate bachelor's degree.
  • Located just a little over a mile from the city's center, Central Piedmont Community College is a two-year public institution offering a dental assisting diploma as well as an associate's degree in dental hygiene.
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, NC, is about 36 miles from Charlotte's downtown area. This two-year public school has a diploma program in dental assisting.

Comparison of Schools

Selecting a dental training program that fits students' educational needs is of course essential, but it's also vital to ensure that the school offering that program is a good fit. This table offers info on campus setting, tuition costs, graduation rates and more for the three Charlotte schools discussed in this article.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Central Piedmont Community College Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment
(2017)
29,317* 19,100* 5,819*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Midsized suburb
Tuition & Fees
(2017-2018)
$6,832 in-state; $20,266 out-of-state* $2,792 in-state; $8,936 out-of-state* $2,626 in-state; $8,770 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 76%* 60%* 72%*
Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2017)
66%* N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 83% full-time 55% full-time 56% full-time
Graduation Rate (Within 150% of Normal Completion Time) 54% (for students who began Fall 2011) 17% (for students who began Fall 2014) 18% (for students who began studies Fall 2014)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a research institution. It was established in 1946 and now has seven colleges and offers 77 bachelor's, 64 master's and 23 doctoral degree programs.

Pre-Dental Preparation

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers a pre-dental program in conjunction with its Honors College to any student (post-bachelor's, graduate or undergraduate) who is planning on applying to dentistry school. This preparation program is not a major; students taking the pre-dental preparation program need to select a major and complete a bachelor's degree program as well. Students generally complete two semesters of physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry and biology. They are then prepared take the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College has been in operation for nearly 50 years and now has six campuses. Its dental programs are offered through its Health Sciences Division, which offers eight programs in healthcare services.

Associate in Applied Science Degree - Dental Hygiene

In this 6-semester program, students take courses in orofacial anatomy, dental radiography, infection control, emergencies in a dental office, periodontology, pharmacology and community dental health. Students also complete four clinics and four courses in dental hygiene theory.

Dental Assistant Diploma

Courses in this diploma program include preclinical procedures, hazard control, dental radiography, dental materials, dental sciences, and practice management. Lab and clinical experiences are required.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus opened its doors in 1963. It now offers more than 40 programs in engineering and industrial technologies, public services, health and business.

Dental Assisting Diploma

Students who are pursuing a dental assisting diploma at Rowan-Cabarrus take courses in clinical practice, clinical sciences, dental sciences, biomedical sciences, dental radiography, practice management, intro to computers and general studies. Students learn how to work as a member of the dental team performing tasks such as chair-side assistance, office duties and lab procedures.

Other School

Students may enroll in an associate's degree in dental hygiene and/or a diploma in expanded duty dental assisting at York Technical College. York is 23 miles from Charlotte, NC, and is in South Carolina.

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