Dental Schools in Chicago, IL with Degree Program Summaries

Feb 05, 2019

There are at least five schools within 15 miles of Chicago that have dental degree programs. Read overviews of the admission and program requirements to find out which school could be the right one for you.

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Chicago Schools with Dental Programs

Students interested in attending dental school in Chicago, IL, have a limited number of schools from which to choose; however, there are a few dental schools in the area with multiple programs offered. Learn about the coursework and clinical requirements for each program below. The article also includes a table displaying various statistics about each school.

  • Chicago's largest university, the University of Illinois - Chicago, (UIC) is a research school that houses the well-regarded College of Dentistry that's located around two miles from the city's center. It offers dental medicine, oral sciences, and international dentistry programs at either the doctoral or master's degree level. UIC offers dental and oral health services to the general public through the college's on-site teaching and specialty clinics.
  • Another option for students interested in dental schools in Chicago is Saint Xavier University, which is located around 14 miles from downtown. The school offers a pre-dentistry undergraduate program that provides students with hands-on experience and the prerequisite courses needed to attend dental school.

Comparison of Schools

Take a few minutes to compare facts and figures for the featured universities. This table contains information on school type, student enrollment, costs and graduation rates.

University of Illinois -Chicago Saint Xavier University
School Type Four-year, public* Four-year, private, not-for-profit*
Total Enrollment (2017) 30,539* 3,715*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city*
Tuition and Fees (2017-18) $16,622 in-state; $26,862 out-of-state (graduate)* $33,380 (undergraduate)*
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 84%* 100%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 77%* 75%*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017) 80%* 72%*
Graduation Rate (for students who began in 2011) 57%* 52%*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

University of Illinois - Chicago

UIC's College of Dentistry offers a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Oral Sciences, an international dentist degree program and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Oral Sciences. The college also features a dual degree program and certificate programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatrics, periodontics and prosthodontics. UIC's urban health program is centered on providing educational opportunities in dentistry for underrepresented minority students.

Doctor of Dental Medicine

The DMD program at UIC requires applicants to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution that includes certain prerequisite classes. Students in this four-year program take comprehensive care courses integrated with clinical training. They participate in a variety of patient scenarios that will require them to use their classroom training in a dental practice setting. Oral diseases, health and prevention, disease diagnosis and evidence-based practice are covered in the hands-on curriculum.

Doctor of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing (DMD-AS)

Formerly known as the international dentist degree program, the DMD Advanced Standing degree program is an intense, 30-month program that provides the training, skills and knowledge for internationally-trained dentists to practice in the United States. Comprehensive courses in a variety of related subjects and clinical training are both elements of this program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Oral Sciences

The Ph.D. in Oral Sciences program is focused on using clinical training, cutting-edge technology, research and classroom teachings to educate the next generation of oral health scientists. Students can choose curriculum from three tracks: biomaterials science, immunology/microbiology, or cellular/molecular/developmental biology.

Dual DMD/Ph.D. in Oral Science

This dual degree program is designed for students who, in addition to practicing, wish to conduct research in oral science and possibly also teach at the university level. Students in this program must attend seminars and conduct research rotations during the summer, as well as take all the required doctoral-level courses and complete research papers. The program generally takes seven years to complete.

Master of Science in Oral Sciences

Students must be accepted to one of the other postgraduate dentistry programs at the university to be eligible for the M.S. in Oral Sciences program. This program is designed to further educate dental clinicians and faculty and allow them to hone their skills. Students must develop and defend a master's thesis.

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University is a Catholic institution serving roughly 4,000 students every year at its three Chicago-area campuses. Part of the school's College of Arts and Sciences, the Pre-Health Professions Program prepares students with the credits required to enter a professional health program, such as medicine or dentistry. Dental students enter a biology pre-health program and then choose the pre-dentistry track.

Pre-Dentistry

The school's pre-dentistry program prepares students to attend dental school, and Saint Xavier works closely with the University of Illinois - Chicago's College of Dentistry to make the transition as smooth as possible. Students are encouraged to volunteer, shadow and explore the programs and clinics at UIC to get a better idea of what area they would like to specialize in while working on their undergraduate degree at Saint Xavier.

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