The University of Tennessee system was established
in 1794 with campuses in Chattanooga, Martin, and
Knoxville. The University of Tennessee at Memphis
was established in 1911 and the Health Sciences Center is located there. The College of Dentistry is a
component of this center. It offers a general practice
residency program as well as graduate programs in
advanced education in general dentistry and a variety
4-year traditional. The principal goal is to prepare
students for general practice who are professional,
people-oriented, knowledgeable, and skillful in delivering comprehensive dental care. To achieve this
goal, students are taught to think in terms of problem
solving and are given a solid grounding in the basic
sciences and appropriate training in the clinical skills.
Selected segments of the basic and clinical sciences
are presented by an interdisciplinary, team-teaching
approach. Students are oriented to clinical activities
in the first year. Delivery of patient care begins in the
second year. During the senior year, 100 clock hours
of electives from special clinical projects, lectures,
and research projects are available to students.
The school encourages applications from minority
and disadvantaged students.
The basic predental science courses plus 1 year of
English composition and 2 science elective courses
are required. These should be selected from comparative anatomy, developmental biology, histology,
genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology, and neurobiology. Qualified Tennesseans are
given first priority, and a number of Arkansas students are also accepted under a formal agreement. A
few additional out-of-state students may be accepted
if they possess superior qualifications. Transfer and
advanced standing: Transfer students with advanced
standing from ADA-accredited schools may be
accepted where strong similarities exist between the
curricula of the institutions. Students requesting
transfer must be independently evaluated by a faculty
board appointed from the various departments for
proper placement in the curriculum.
The college is located on the Health Sciences Center
campus and has a modern clinical facility. Off-campus
clinics are also used.