The University of Louisville was established in 1798.
The University of Louisville School of Dentistry was
founded in 1887. In addition to the School of Dentistry, other components located in the Health Science
Center are the schools of Medicine and Nursing.
Graduates of the school enter general practice or continue their education in a dental specialty of interest.
4-year traditional. The basic and clinical sciences are
integrated. Patient contact is initiated in the first year.
The majority of electives are usually taken in the
fourth year. First year: The basic science and preclinical technique courses, clinical experience in
diagnosis and clinical observation/assisting, as well
as periodontics. Second year: A continuation of the
basic science and clinical technique courses. Involvement in patient treatment begins. Third and fourth
years: Completion of the advanced basic and clinical
courses, extensive clinical patient contact, rotations
in pediatric dentistry and oral surgery, and exposure
to hospital dentistry.
Most grading is by letter grades, but several courses
are offered, especially in the clinical program, on a
An extensive support system of faculty advising, clinical monitoring, and student tutoring serves the needs
of all dental students. Counseling services and assistance in developing study skills are also available.
Applicants must have earned a minimum of 90 semester hours, including 32 credits of science or healthrelated coursework. The basic predental science courses
best meet this requirement. Recommended courses that
may be selected include biochemistry, physiology, histology, anatomy, English composition, and speech.
Each class is composed of approximately 60% Kentucky residents and 40% out-of-state students. Transfer
and advanced standing: rare, but considered on an
The school occupies a building in the Health Sciences Center located in downtown Louisville. The
physical plant and all equipment are the most
advanced available including a state-of-the-art simulation clinic. Some off-campus programs are also