Originally established in 1877 as Detroit College, the
University of Detroit Mercy is associated with the
Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy. It has both undergraduate and graduate programs. The dental school was
established in 1932. In 1981 the school opened up a
Dental Service at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where
students had an opportunity for clinical training. In
1997 the school relocated to a new facility in northwest Detroit that allows for state-of-the-art teaching
and patient care. In addition to a DDS degree, the
school offers postgraduates studies and a dental
4-year. The basic and preclinical sciences are concentrated in the first 2 years; however, some of the
basic sciences are taught in the third and fourth years
to provide for integration with the clinical sciences
and to correlate patient care with its rationale. The
freshman curriculum is divided between the basic
and dental sciences, while in the sophomore year, a
greater portion of the curriculum is devoted to the
dental sciences. Clinical experience begins on a limited basis during the first year and extends through
the second year. During this period, the students are
initially taught the use of clinical equipment and to
perform various dental procedures on each other. In
the first semester of the second year (summer), students receive their first patients. Approximately half
of the available time during the third and fourth
years is devoted to clinical practice. Research opportunities are available throughout the curriculum on
an elective basis.
Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.
The basic predental science courses plus a year of
English are required. Recommended courses include
physiology, comparative anatomy, histology, embryology, biochemistry, and psychology. No priority is
given to state residents. Transfer and advanced standing: Foreign dental graduates as well as those
attending U.S. and Canadian schools are considered.
The school is located in northwest Detroit and contains well-equipped dental clinics and laboratories.
The facilities consist of 147 fully equipped dental
units and a simulation laboratory. Senior dental students provide patient care, on an every other week
rotation, at the University of Detroit Mercy University Health Center at Detroit Receiving Hospital. This
educational experience, a modern 41-operatory clinic,
is designed to enable the student to provide comprehensive patient care more similar to the general
dental practice setting. Students also rotate on assignments through various satellite clinics and participate
in programs in local nursing homes, providing care
using portable equipment.