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
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,
The traditional letter grading system is used, but
some courses are graded Pass/Fail.
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.