The University of Mississippi is a public school that
was established in 1844. The University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, located in the Medical
Center, enrolled its first class in 1975. In addition to
the School of Dentistry, the University of Mississippi
Medical Center contains the schools of Medicine,
Nursing, and Health-Related Professions, Graduate
Studies in the Medical Sciences, and the University
Hospital. The goal of the school is to train general
dentists to practice in Mississippi.
4-year modern. A systems approach to a problem-oriented curriculum is used. Clinical experience begins
in the second year and is designed to follow the team
approach to patient care through all 4 years. Selective
courses in the specialty areas of clinical dentistry are
available in the last year. Clinical experiences start in
the first year with a 1-week continuity project somewhere in the state. These continue throughout the 4
years of the program.
By making proper arrangements, students entering
without a degree may earn their bachelor’s degree
while completing the dental program.
The basic predental science courses plus 2 years of
English, 1 year each of mathematics (college algebra
and/or trigonometry) and psychology is required. Recommended courses include biochemistry, comparative
anatomy, histology, cell biology, embryology, microbiology, physical chemistry, quantitative analysis,
humanities, communication, and a foreign language.
Currently, only legal Mississippi residents are admitted. Transfer and advanced standing: Only a few
students are admitted with advanced standing.
The school is part of the University of Mississippi
Medical Center campus. The clinical facilities are
self-contained in the dental school building.