New Jersey Dental School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is an institution of higher education in the health sciences. As New Jersey’s public university of the health sciences, it is the largest such institution in the nation. UMDNJ was created to consolidate and unify all of the state’s public programs in medical and dental education. UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School awards the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree upon completion of a comprehensive 4-year program. Graduate dental education is available in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Hospital residences and fellowships are offered in General Practice Dentistry, Oral Medicine, and in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (a 4-year certificate program and a 6-year combined Doctor of Medicine/certificate program).


4-year flexible. Some basic science instruction continues beyond the second year. Clinical activity begins with an Introduction to Clinical Dentistry in the first year. In the next year, students are rotated through clinical departments in a structured manner. During the last year, a student may select a portion of his or her program from clinical courses or research.

Unique Programs

New Jersey Dental School is committed to offering an academic environment where students can learn in a culturally diverse setting so that they may develop skills necessary to provide dental services in a culturally diverse world. Financial, personal, and professional counseling are available from on-campus authorities, and tutorial assistance is provided to students in academic jeopardy. Students are encouraged to participate in summer externships and research opportunities to enhance their dental school curriculum. Many students volunteer their time to serve the community at various elementary and secondary school career days and health fairs and in geriatric outreach programs. Fourth-year students may be selected to participate in the Community-Oriented Dental Education (CODE) program. These students are placed in community-based sites where they provide oral health care to patients in simulated private practice settings with trained staff and under the supervision of faculty. They utilize computer-based scheduling, analyze expense/income, time/productivity and expense/productivity ratios, manage staff, control the appointment book and inventory, and become involved in infection control and hazard communication standards.


The basic predental science courses and 1 year of English are required. A minimum of 3 years of undergraduate credit is required. All applicants must take the DAT. Preference is given to state residents. Transfer and advanced standing: Considered only on a space-available basis.


Housed in its modern, spacious building on UMDNJ’s Newark campus, the New Jersey Dental School provides a setting uniquely suited to an excellent educational experience. Clinic space, research laboratories, and seminar and lecture rooms are designed for optimum efficiency in both teaching and health-care delivery. The dental school building is adjacent to the New Jersey Medical School, the University Hospital, and the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences. Also located on the Newark campus are the School of Health-Related Professions, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the Doctors’ Office Center, where dental school faculty may engage in faculty practice.

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