The Ohio State University system was established in
1870; the Columbus campus was created in the same
year. In 1925 the Ohio State University College of
Dentistry moved to Columbus after its beginning as
part of Ohio Medical University in 1890. Ohio Medical University joined the Starling Medical College in
1906 and became a component of Ohio State in 1914.
The College of Dentistry is located in the Health Sciences Center, which also includes the College of
Medicine and Biological Sciences and School of
Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. This school is one of the largest public dental schools offered in the United Sates. This school represents all major dental specialties which gives it students plenty of options.
This is a four year traditional type school. Clinical experience begins after the
first year and a half. The basic and clinical sciences
are integrated during both coursework and practice
sessions. Ten percent of the senior year must be
devoted to electives. Off-campus clinical experience
is available at hospitals and clinics. During the first year, the students will learn
major basic sciences in the form of lectures, laboratory, and self-directed learning. The second year serves as a
continuation of the previous year’s activities. The third
year is based on clinical experience under faculty supervision. This is
provided in the college, at hospitals, and at other sites.
Finally, the fourth year is comprehensive dental care under private
practice conditions as well as extramural rotations.
The College of Dentistry offers DDS-PhD programs
in all specialties.
The basic predental science courses and 1 year of
English composition or literature are required. Recommended courses may be selected from psychology,
speech, art, and drawing. A minimum of 20 documented hours of observation in a general dental office
is required. Transfer and advanced standing: Students from other U.S. schools may be admitted with
advanced standing. The application process can be done online through the school’s website. There are very specific deadlines that need to be given special attention to.
Additional School Information
The school is located in the Health Sciences Center
on the main campus in a 5-story building. Dental
clinics are also located in University and Children’s
Hospitals and in Nisonger Center. City Health
Department clinics, VA hospitals, and state institutions also offer facilities for student training.