Creighton University, a private Catholic school, was
established in 1878 but its health science programs
did not begin until much later. The School of Dentistry was created in 1905. The
present dental facility was completed in 1973. In
addition to its DDS program, the School of Dentistry,
in cooperation with several local junior colleges, is
involved in the training of dental auxiliaries.
Creighton also has schools of Medicine, Pharmacy,
Nursing, and Allied Health Professions.
The course of study at the school is a traditional course of study for a dental program. Basic and clinical sciences are
coordinated by the Department of Oral Biology. Clinical experience begins in the second year. A variety of
electives are available in the fourth year. Off-campus
clinical opportunities include private practice preceptorships and assignments to hospitals, schools, and
h3 The Course of Study Year By Year
The first year of study covers basic and preclinical sciences
and an introduction to clinical situations.
The second year consists of a continuation of the basic and preclinical sciences with a greater emphasis on preclinical
technique courses and an introduction to definitive
The third year of study is a continuation of clinical
courses, introduction to practice management, and
clinical patient care in a departmental system.
Finally, the fourth year of study is a continuation of clinical and practical management coursework and delivery of comprehensive dental care. It is in this year that students are most likely to spend time in off-campus clinical opportunities in various site around the city of Omaha.
The Financial Aid Office works with all students to ensure that they receive the aid necessary to successfully complete their program. Approximately 92% of the students receive
some form of financial aid. Using the FAFSA as their baseline tool, most students borrow
from federal sources of assistance. There are a small
number of scholarships and university-based loans
that also are available. These are based on financial
need and academic performance and are awarded by
both the Committee on Admissions and the Financial
Aid Committee of the School of Dentistry.
Admissions are competitive. Applicants should have successfully completed the basic predental science courses plus 1 year of
English during their undergraduate education. Recommended courses for applicants include
psychology, modern languages, history, speech, economics, and comparative anatomy. The school has
admission agreements with Idaho, New Mexico, Utah,
North Dakota, and Wyoming. Transfer and advanced
standing: Students from other U.S. and Canadian dental schools are considered for advanced standing.
The dental facility is a modern, 3-level structure containing classrooms, teaching and research
laboratories, television studios, and various clinics
with over 175 patient treatment stations. The teaching
hospital offers additional clinical facilities.
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