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Kansas City, MO 64108

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry

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The University of Missouri system is public with 4 campuses. Besides Kansas City, campuses are located in Columbia, Rolla, and St. Louis. In 1919 the Kansas City Dental College joined the Western Dental College to become the Kansas City Western Dental College. In 1941 the name changed to the School of Dentistry of the University of Kansas City. The school did not become part of the state university system till 1963. In addition to the DDS degree, the School of Dentistry offers a postdoctoral program leading to a Dental Specialty Certificate and a BS in dental hygiene.


4-year; 8 semesters plus 2 summer terms (13 weeks each). Emphasis is on preventive and comprehensive dentistry. The student is introduced to clinical procedures during the first year and progresses to the comprehensive treatment of patients during the third and fourth years in a team clinical setting. First year: Devoted primarily to the biomedical sciences. Courses are also offered in behavioral dental science, introduction to oral diagnosis, and restorative techniques with associated predental labs. Second year: Biomedical sciences continue and preclinical coursework. Fundamentals of operative surgery, prostodontics, and basic endodontics are covered. Clinical care accelerates. Third year: Devoted primarily to the clinical practice of dentistry. Patients are assigned to students for comprehensive dental care. Students also attend advanced classes in a wide number of areas. Fourth year: This period involves extensive clinical practice and a few courses and seminars.

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A wide range of personal and/or academic assistance, such as tutoring and counseling, is available as needed.


A minimum of 3 years of predental education is required as well as attainment of other academic and nonacademic criteria. Preference will be given to those who have bachelor’s degrees at the time of registration. This includes completing the basic predental science courses as well as 1 year of English composition. Recommended courses may be selected from genetics, logic, mathematics, business, social sciences, psychology, speech, computer science, and humanities. Transfer and advanced standing: Students wishing to transfer from another dental school are considered, assuming availability of positions in the appropriate class.


The school is located in midtown Kansas City. It maintains affiliations with 6 hospitals in the area. It has 2 dental production laboratories in-house and a full-service library with an extensive instructional materials component.

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