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CB-7450 105 Brauer Hall, CB-7450
Chapel Hill, NC 27540

University of North Carolina School of Dentistry

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The University of North Carolina system was founded in 1931 and has campuses in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Pembroke, and Wilmington. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first state university created in the United States when it was established in 1789. In 1949 the School of Dentistry was created and is considered a part of the Division of Health Affairs. Other schools in the division include the schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. The School of Dentistry offers graduate training in many disciplines and a master’s degree in dental hygiene, which prepares graduates for teaching careers.


4-year. The goal is to produce dental practitioners qualified to enter general practice, and provide advanced educational programs, research, teaching and/or public service. The first year is highlighted by basic science and dental science courses with participation in preventive patient care activities. During the remaining years, primary emphasis is on the management and delivery of comprehensive care for a family of assigned patients. Patient care activities are supplemented by didactic experiences and numerous enrichment opportunities such as electives, externships, and research. First year: Consists of the core basic sciences, introduction to the dental sciences, oral biology, and sequence of preparation courses. Second year: Provides a continuation of the basic sciences and advanced dental science and physical diagnosis. Providing comprehensive patient care is initiated. Third year: Comprehensive patient care is the major focus, but time is spent on specialty services. Fourth year: Intense patient care, extramural rotations, electives, and research. Grading Policy The traditional letter grading system is used, but some courses are graded Pass/Fail.

Unique Programs

Both DDS-MPH and DDS-PhD degrees are offered and require additional time.


The basic predental science courses plus 2 semesters of English are required. Students should complete the regular 4-year curriculum leading to the AB or BS degree. Students not pursuing a degree should complete at least 3 years of accredited college courses (96 semester hours or 144 quarter hours). A maximum of 64 semester hours credit will be accepted from a 2year community college, and all additional coursework must be completed at a 4-year institution. Foreign trained dentists must enter as first-year students and must submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), satisfactory scores on the DAT, and/or acceptable scores on Part I of the National Board Dental Examination. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfers are considered on an individual basis. Factors considered will be prior academic record and background, available space in the class, consistency between the curriculum of the 2 schools, and residency status.


The school consists of the original dental school building, Braller Hall Office Building, Tarson Hall, and a dental research center. A basic science building and the Division of Health Sciences provide direct support to the programs. A Learning Resources Center is also available.

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