In 1867 Howard University was established as the
largest private, primarily African-American school.
Fourteen years later, the College of Dentistry was
established. It is the fifth oldest dental school in the
United States. The Center for Health Sciences of the
University includes colleges of Medicine, Nursing,
Pharmacy, and Allied Health Sciences. The 89-acre
campus is 5 minutes from downtown Washington,
4-year traditional. The goal of the curriculum is that
graduates will be competent in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases and disorders.
They also should be knowledgeable about the interrelationship of oral and systemic health. Clinical
experience begins in the second year. Basic and clinical sciences are integrated. Special features of the
curriculum involve a program for the chronically ill
and aged that takes dental care to the home- and institution-bound patient.
Many of the school’s activities are devoted to the
education of minorities, the educationally disadvantaged, and women. This commitment involves a
prematriculation and a postmatriculation academic
program. Several community-based programs and
patient services are offered by the college and other
The basic predental courses and 1 year of English are
required. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is also required. Recommended
courses include biochemistry, human anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. The GPA should be 3.0 and
DAT score of 17 in each category. Out-of-state applicants may apply. Transfer and advance standing
applicants are infrequent.
The college is housed in a 5-story complex containing
classrooms, clinics, laboratories, offices, research facilities, a learning resources area, and convertible
clinic-laboratories. Programs are also conducted at the
university hospital, as well as other affiliated hospitals.