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Philadelphia, PA 19140

Temple University School of Dentistry

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Introduction

Temple University was established in 1884. It belongs to the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania. The School of Dentistry was established in 1863 as the Philadelphia Dental College. It joined Temple University in 1907 and is part of the Health Sciences Center, which includes Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Allied Health, and the University Hospital. The School of Dentistry offers programs in continuing education.

Academics

4-year. First year: Devoted largely to the basic sciences and to the development of skills necessary to complete the procedures used in general practice. Second year: Consists of a continuation of the basic science and laboratory courses. This is followed by the Introduction to Clinical Course Dentistry, where all phases of dentistry are experienced. Third year: Involves clinic rotations during which comprehensive care of assigned patients is provided. Didactic instruction continues. Fourth year: This represents a continuation of the responsibilities of the preceding year.

Unique Programs

The School of Dentistry includes 3 specialty programs, in addition to an advanced education general dentistry program. Temple’s Rosenthal Clinic offers an educational experience in the management of severely medically compromised patients. The School of Dentistry and the School of Business and Management at Temple offer a progam leading to the DMD and MBA dual degrees.

Admissions

The basic predental science courses and 1 year of English are required. The following science courses are recommended: histology, biochemistry, mammalian anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. Applications from minority students are encouraged. Transfer and advanced standing: Request for transfer will be considered only by current students who are in good academic standing at a dental school in the United States or Canada. Acceptance to transfer is highly selective. Selection factors include academic record, compatibility between the curriculum of the schools, available space and resources, and a personal interview. Temple University School of Dentistry offers advanced standing for the internationally trained dentist who seeks to practice dentistry in the United States. Admission to advanced standing is highly selective and can occur only if positions are available in the third-year class. Selection factors include academic record, National Board Parts I and II scores, a comprehensive preclinical skills evaluation conducted by the faculty, and a personal interview.

Students

The school is situated in a densely populated section of Philadelphia. Dental students perform more than 150,000 clinical procedures per year. The school has a close affiliation with area hospitals and other teaching units of the Health Sciences Center.


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