The University of Connecticut is a public institution
that was originally founded in 1881. The Health Center at the University of Connecticut, established in the
1960s, encompasses the School of Dental Medicine,
the School of Medicine, and the John Dempsey Hospital. This dental school is the only public one in
New England. The university’s main campus is
located in Storrs, while the Health Center is situated
in a wooded suburban campus in Farmington.
4-year diagonal. During the first 2 years, students take
an integrated course of study in the basic sciences
that takes place in multidisciplinary laboratories. The
predoctoral curriculum focuses on the biological and
epidemiological bases of disease and provides strong
preparation in the diagnostic and technical skills
required for the practice of dentistry in the twentyfirst century. First patients are seen during the second
year. The third- and fourth-year clinical component
includes comprehensive patient care, self-paced clinics, and rotations.
A combined DMD-PhD program is offered, which
takes about 2 additional years to complete.
The basic predental courses are required. Students
should have a strong facility in English and should be
able to handle quantitative concepts. Credits in
behavioral sciences and upper division biology
courses are desirable. Thus, courses in biochemistry,
cell biology, and molecular biology are recommended. Transfer and advanced standing: Not
available at this time.
The school is part of the University of Connecticut
Health Center. Satellite clinics are located at the
Burgdorf Health Center in Hartford and the Children’s Medical Center in Newington.