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Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

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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.

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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 Center.

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