Oregon Health Science University School of Dentistry


This dental school was established in 1898. In 1945 the Oregon University School of Dentistry was incorporated into the Oregon state system for higher education and in 1974 it became part of the Oregon Health Science University, which also includes the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Science and Engineering. The School of Dentistry is located on a 116-acre campus in the wooded hills of southwest Portland.


4-year traditional. Students see their first patient during their freshman year in the preventive dentistry course. Some subjects are organized into conjoint courses, taught cooperatively by separate departments. Correlation and application of the biological and clinical sciences are emphasized. First and second years: The major emphasis is on the biological sciences and preclinical techniques. The summer between the second and third years focuses on clinical experience and oral pathology. Third and fourth years: Deal mostly with clinical practice and include courses in practice planning and management. Elective courses enhance the development of clinical skills.

Unique Programs

Academic and personal counseling of students is provided through the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. In addition, students may request an academic advisor at the time of matriculation.


The basic predental science courses (physics, physiology, biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry) are required. Recommended additional courses can be selected from cell biology, genetics, histology, molecular biology, microbiology, and neuroscience. Applicants from Oregon, from states certified under the WICHE program, and from the remaining states and Canada are eligible for consideration in the priority order listed.


As a part of the Oregon Health Sciences University, the dental school building houses classrooms, a modern clinic containing 200 dental workstations, individual X-ray rooms, and a 72-station clinic simulation lab.

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