The University of Minnesota was established in 1851
and took over the Minnesota College Hospital in
1888, establishing its own Department of Medicine.
The Dental School, originally a part of this department, became separated in 1892, and in 1932 became
known as the School of Dentistry. The school is a
component of the University Academy Health Center,
which also contains schools of Medicine, Pharmacy,
Nursing, and Public Health. The School of Dentistry
offers postgraduate training in the dental specialties
and has a dental hygiene program.
4-year. The basic sciences are taught throughout the
first 3 years. Integration is accomplished by offering
clinically oriented phases of the basic sciences. The students begin their clinical experience in oral radiology
and occlusion during the first year in school. Some
electives are offered during the second year, but most
are taken during the last year. Most clinical experiences
are provided in the school’s clinics. When appropriate,
students also are able to secure clinical experiences in
major hospitals, nursing homes, and health care centers
in the Minneapolis metropolitan area.
Academic counseling and tutorial assistance are
available to students in need.
The basic predental science courses plus biochemistry
and 1 year of English, 1 course in psychology, and
mathematics (at least through college algebra) are
required. Other recommended courses include speech,
art (such as basic drawing and sculpturing), cell biology, histology, genetics, and physiology. Strong
preference is given to Minnesota residents, but residents from Montana, North and South Dakota,
Manitoba, and Wisconsin also are given special consideration. Transfer: Opportunities are possible.
The school is part of the University Academic
Health Center. Its facilities are located in an up-todate health science building. Off-campus facilities
of the Hennepin County Medical Center and VA
Hospital are also utilized.