The University of Kentucky was established in 1865,
and has 13 undergraduate and 1 graduate school. The
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry was
founded in 1962. Postdoctoral programs are offered
in 4 specialties (oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics and pediatric dentistry) and the school also has
strong research and continuing education programs.
The College of Dentistry is located in an attractive
suburban setting in Lexington.
4-year. The curriculum is based on a diagonal plan.
Basic science courses are taught along with clinical
applications throughout the program, with clinical
work intensifying in the third and fourth years. Clinical experiences begin during the fall of the first year
and continue as students gain further competence in
delivering dental care to patients. The educational program focuses on learning, competency building, and
the development of critical thinking and problemsolving skills in a student-centered environment.
The grading policy is based on an A, B, C, F system.
This policy emphasizes learning and the development
of professional competencies.
Financial assistance is available, and the college has a
full-time director of this program. Personal and career
counseling are also an integral part of the curriculum.
Entering students are assigned an advisor who works
with them throughout their dental education. Tutorial
support services are readily obtained for students
needing assistance in developing study skills or mastering content/skill areas.
The UK College of Dentistry seeks to enroll students
whose backgrounds, personalities, and motivations
indicate that they will make the best possible future
dental practioners. As a state institution, the college
gives preference to qualified applicants who are residents of Kentucky; however, a limited number of
highly qualified out-of-state applicants are considered
each year and such candidates are encouraged to
apply. The basic predental courses are required and a
bachelor’s degree is desirable. Transfer and advanced
standing: No program is available.
The College of Dentistry is an integral part of the
University of Kentucky, the Commonwealth’s flagship university. The 6-story dentistry building is
linked to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, which includes the five
colleges – Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy,
and Allied Health – and the university’s teaching hospital. The main UK campus is across the street, and
downtown Lexington is a 10-minute bus ride away.