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Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine

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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 Carolina facilities.

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