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Creighton University, a private Catholic school, was established in 1878 but its health science programs did not begin until much later. The School of Dentistry was created in 1905. The present dental facility was completed in 1973. In addition to its DDS program, the School of Dentistry, in cooperation with several local junior colleges, is involved in the training of dental auxiliaries. Creighton also has schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions.


The course of study at the school is a traditional course of study for a dental program. Basic and clinical sciences are coordinated by the Department of Oral Biology. Clinical experience begins in the second year. A variety of electives are available in the fourth year. Off-campus clinical opportunities include private practice preceptorships and assignments to hospitals, schools, and clinics.

h3 The Course of Study Year By Year The first year of study covers basic and preclinical sciences and an introduction to clinical situations.

The second year consists of a continuation of the basic and preclinical sciences with a greater emphasis on preclinical technique courses and an introduction to definitive patient care.

The third year of study is a continuation of clinical courses, introduction to practice management, and clinical patient care in a departmental system.

Finally, the fourth year of study is a continuation of clinical and practical management coursework and delivery of comprehensive dental care. It is in this year that students are most likely to spend time in off-campus clinical opportunities in various site around the city of Omaha.

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The Financial Aid Office works with all students to ensure that they receive the aid necessary to successfully complete their program. Approximately 92% of the students receive some form of financial aid. Using the FAFSA as their baseline tool, most students borrow from federal sources of assistance. There are a small number of scholarships and university-based loans that also are available. These are based on financial need and academic performance and are awarded by both the Committee on Admissions and the Financial Aid Committee of the School of Dentistry.


Admissions are competitive. Applicants should have successfully completed the basic predental science courses plus 1 year of English during their undergraduate education. Recommended courses for applicants include psychology, modern languages, history, speech, economics, and comparative anatomy. The school has admission agreements with Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Transfer and advanced standing: Students from other U.S. and Canadian dental schools are considered for advanced standing.


The dental facility is a modern, 3-level structure containing classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, television studios, and various clinics with over 175 patient treatment stations. The teaching hospital offers additional clinical facilities.

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