Tufts University has 2 undergraduate and 9 graduate
schools. It was originally established in 1852. The
School of Dental Medicine was founded in 1868 as
the Boston Dental College, which in 1889 joined with
Tufts College. The Medical Center includes, in addition to the dental school, the School of Medicine,
Sackler School of Graduate Medical Sciences, the
Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and other institutions. In
addition to the DMD degree, it offers graduate training in many dental specialties.
4-year. The curriculum of the School of Dental Medicine has been designed and modified over the years to
reflect the changing needs of the dental profession.
The school’s primary goal is to develop dental practitioners who are able to utilize their knowledge of the
basic principles of human biology and human behavior in conjunction with their technical skills in
diagnosing, treating, and preventing oral disease. The
DMD program, which extends over a 4-year period,
consists of a series of didactic, laboratory, and clinical
experiences, all of which are programmed to result in
the logical development of concepts and skills. First
year: The basic science and preclinical technique
courses. Second year: The courses are concerned with
the pathology of the body systems with special
emphasis on the oral cavity. Clinical experience is
begun under faculty supervision. Third and fourth
years: These years are primarily clinical and are
devoted to the comprehensive care of patients. An
integral part of this year is the externship program,
which lasts 5 weeks at a facility away from the school.
The school encourages applications by women and
The basic predental science courses (but only
1 semester of organic chemistry) plus 1 year of English
are required. Courses in histology, anatomy, genetics,
general psychology, mathematics, economics, statistics, speech, sculpture, and an anthropology course
are recommended. A minimum GPA of 3.2 and DAT
of 17 are preferred. Transfer and advanced standing:
Students from foreign dental schools may be considered for advanced standing.
The school is located in the Tufts Dental Health Science Building, a 10-story structure located in
midtown Boston in the Tufts-New England Medical
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