This dental school was established in 1898. In 1945
the Oregon University School of Dentistry was incorporated into the Oregon state system for higher
education and in 1974 it became part of the Oregon
Health Science University, which also includes the
School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School
of Science and Engineering. The School of Dentistry
is located on a 116-acre campus in the wooded hills
of southwest Portland.
4-year traditional. Students see their first patient during their freshman year in the preventive dentistry
course. Some subjects are organized into conjoint
courses, taught cooperatively by separate departments. Correlation and application of the biological
and clinical sciences are emphasized. First and second years: The major emphasis is on the biological
sciences and preclinical techniques. The summer
between the second and third years focuses on clinical experience and oral pathology. Third and fourth
years: Deal mostly with clinical practice and include
courses in practice planning and management. Elective courses enhance the development of clinical
Academic and personal counseling of students is provided through the Office of Admissions and Student
Affairs. In addition, students may request an academic advisor at the time of matriculation.
The basic predental science courses (physics, physiology, biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry) are
required. Recommended additional courses can be
selected from cell biology, genetics, histology, molecular biology, microbiology, and neuroscience.
Applicants from Oregon, from states certified under
the WICHE program, and from the remaining states
and Canada are eligible for consideration in the priority order listed.
As a part of the Oregon Health Sciences University,
the dental school building houses classrooms, a modern clinic containing 200 dental workstations,
individual X-ray rooms, and a 72-station clinic simulation lab.