Indiana University School of Dentistry


The Indianapolis campus of Indiana University, established in 1946, is governed by Indiana-Purdue University. The Indiana University School of Dentistry was originally established as the Indiana Dental College in 1879. In 1925 the Dental College joined the university’s Medical Center, which includes a medical school, School of Nursing, and a complex of hospitals. Aside from the DDS, the School of Dentistry offers a PhD degree in most departments and has programs in dental hygiene, dental assisting, and dental laboratory technology.


4-year traditional. Special clinical correlation lectures are scheduled to achieve an integration of basic and clinical sciences. Clinical experiences begin the first semester of the first year and gradually increase through the second semester of the third year. A multitrack curriculum allows the fourth-year student flexibility to develop a personalized program by electing both intramural and extramural courses of individual interest. First year: Students take courses in the biological and preclinical sciences and initiate their hand skills development. Second year: The advanced biomedical sciences are presented along with dental sciences and students initiate delivery of comprehensive patient care. Third and fourth years: The emphasis is primarily on all aspects of patient care in a variety of clinical settings. These include the school’s comprehensive care clinics and communitybased clinics. The fourth year also offers opportunities to take elective courses for research.

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Following admission, an effort is made to assist any student needing financial, academic, or other types of counseling to ensure satisfactory progress toward graduation.


The basic predental science courses as well as courses in English composition, interpersonal communications/speech, and psychology are required. One-semester courses in anatomy (with lab), physiology (with lab), and biochemistry lectures are also required. Minimum GPA for residents is 2.5 and for nonresidents is 2.7. Recommended additional courses may be selected from cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, business management, and art. Minimum GPA for residents is 2.5, and for nonresidents 2.7. Transfer and advanced standing: Information not available.


The school is an integral part of Indiana University’s Medical Center. Dental students rotate through hospital-based programs in oral and maxillofacial surgery and pediatric dentistry. They have an opportunity to treat patients who are mentally and physically disabled or medically compromised. Extensive clinical preparation in all disciplines of dentistry is offered throughout the 4-year program.

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