The College of Dental Medicine, opened in 1967, is
part of the Medical University of South Carolina,
which was established in 1824. The dental school
offers a general practice residency as well as graduate
programs in advanced education in general dentistry
and in a number of specialties.
4-year traditional. The focus of the curriculum is to
produce clinicians able to practice dentistry with an
understanding of biological principles. The first
2 years include basic science courses and preclinical
dental courses, with some clinical observation and
experience. It is recommended that the sciences be
selected from biochemistry, comparative anatomy, histology, genetics, and microbiology. The final 2 years
concentrate on clinical practice. During the fourth year,
the student will be assigned rotations at various facilities, thereby experiencing dentistry as it is practiced
throughout the state.
A minimum of 3 years of college work (90 semester
hours), including the basic predental science courses
plus a science elective, and 1 year each of English,
mathematics, and additional science courses are
required. Transfer and advanced standing: Not possible.
The school is located in the Basic Science-Dental
Building of the Medical University complex. Dental
students also participate in programs at other South