The University of Alabama was first established in
1831. After the Civil War, the school was rebuilt and
reopened in 1869. In 1969 the University of Alabama
system was established, and included 3 universities.
The Birmingham campus of the University of
Alabama holds the Medical Center, the University
College, and the Graduate School. The 2 other campuses are located in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. The
School of Dentistry is part of the Medical Center at
Birmingham, and was established in 1945. It admitted its first class of students in 1948. In addition to
offering a program leading to the DMD degree, the
School of Dentistry has accredited programs in all the
specialties as well as dental assisting. This school
pioneered the development of “four-handed dentistry” and the expanded utilization of trained
4-year traditional. The curriculum incorporates innovative interdisciplinary programs that emphasize the
application of the basic sciences to various clinical
problems. Initial clinical experience is provided during the latter part of the first year, at intervals during
the second year, and intensively during the third and
fourth years. Elective programs are offered to fourthyear students. They cover a wide variety of topics and
A program exists that is designed to interest, recruit,
and retain minority students and women. Programs
leading to the DMD-MS or PhD in one of the basic
sciences are available.
In addition to the basic predental science courses,
1 year each of mathematics and English are required.
Recommended electives may be from biology
(embryology, genetics, comparative anatomy, cell
physiology), chemistry (quantitative analysis), calculus, literature, foreign languages, business, art, and
sculpting. Preference is given to residents of Alabama
and neighboring states. Transfer and advanced standing: Not available.
The School of Dentistry Building is located within the
medical facilities campus in downtown Birmingham.
Off-campus clinical experience is also provided as an
elective experience during the senior year at underserved areas throughout the state.
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