The Southern Illinois University system is one of
2 university systems in Illinois. There are 2 campuses
in the system, 1 in Carbondale, and 1 in Edwardsville. The School of Dental Medicine, which was
established in 1969, is located in Alton, Illinois, near
both Edwardsville and St. Louis. The unique location
of the school places it within the urban environment
of metropolitan St. Louis and rural southern Illinois.
4-year. First and second years are used to present to the
student biomedical information on the human organism
and information necessary to recognize the disease
states in humans. In addition, these 2 years are preparation time for clinical dentistry. The students are first
involved in direct patient treatment during the second
semester of the second year. Third year: Consists of
clinical sciences instruction, application-type courses in
biomedical sciences, and increasing emphasis on
patient care. Fourth year: The major portion of the
fourth year is spent in comprehensive patient care; in
addition, during this time, the student receives instruction in advanced clinical sciences and practice
management. The curriculum is designed to incorporate
biochemical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences.
This serves to provide the knowledge and experience
necessary for comprehensive oral health care. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of dentistry and
medicine in total patient health management.
The school actively encourages applications from
persons in those segments of society currently underrepresented in the dental profession.
The basic predental school courses plus 1 year of
English are required. Recommended additional
courses can be selected from biochemistry, upperdivision biology, quantitative analysis, calculus,
literature, art, and sculpturing. Priority is given to
state residents. Transfer and advanced standing: An
applicant accepted for admission to the first-year class
who has advanced training in any discipline listed in
the curriculum may request advanced placement.
The Alton, Illinois, campus is situated in a smalltown environment just minutes from downtown St.
Louis, Missouri. The campus includes 22 buildings
and a modern, state-of-the art dental clinic. Training
is also available in hospital programs, private practices, and community health centers.