University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry


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 auxiliary personnel.


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 experiences.

Unique Programs

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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