School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health

High Point University
High Point University
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About Dental Medicine and Oral Health
The professional and industrial landscape of dentistry is changing rapidly. Tomorrow’s oral healthcare provider must be equipped to work in an integrated care environment and address the changing needs of tomorrow’s patients. These providers must also know how to lead in diverse teams and environments.

The School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health at High Point University is being intentionally designed to lead the country in...

The professional and industrial landscape of dentistry is changing rapidly. Tomorrow’s oral healthcare provider must be equipped to work in an integrated care environment and address the changing needs of tomorrow’s patients. These providers must also know how to lead in diverse teams and environments.

The School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health at High Point University is being intentionally designed to lead the country in innovative curriculum and clinical experiences. Our students will be prepared through a blend of didactic courses, high-fidelity simulation, and a unique blend of patient care experiences.

High Point University will provide personalized tracks to satisfy the career interests of our students. Students will complete coursework and clinical experiences across most specialties, but will tailor their experiences to areas of interest in their fourth year through electives and specialty rotations.

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One University Parkway High Point, NC 27268
Dr. Scott De Rossi | Founding Dean
Daily from 8:30am — 5:00pm.
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Dentist (Median Salary $155,600)
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (Median Salary $208,000)
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Prosthodontist (Median Salary $208,000)

High Point University seeks doctor of dental medicine applicants with a broad and strong educational background. While a foundation in science is desirable preparation for dental school, well-prepared candidates also possess knowledge in humanities, social science, and the arts. Non-science majors are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to those who have completed upper division courses and display academic preparation.

The High Point University School of Dental Medicine & Oral Health student will advance the profession and, as such, we give preference to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and leadership through extracurricular activities and community service. This may include exposure to research experience, in-person observation or online review of dental procedures or attending dental related informational programs.

HPU students are as diverse in their backgrounds as they are in their interests. As a private university, we seek to enroll individuals from all 50 states and many countries, and our current student body reflects that. HPU School of Dental Medicine & Oral Health feels strongly about the need for diverse health care teams. Through its enrollment of students from various backgrounds, HPU directly advances that objective.

  • Courses with world-renowned faculty experts committed to both student and patient success
  • State-of-the-art simulation and clinical environments, including the latest in CAD/CAM and haptic technology
  • Real-world practical experience in the first year
  • Opportunities for comprehensive care with the same patient across 2 years of the program, introducing students to the importance of patient retention and holistic care
  • On average, students will experience four patient appointments per day

Humanities (2): Evidence of liberal arts exploration including Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, English, Language, Art.

Communication (2): Speech, composition, literature, humanities courses, writing seminars, technical and business writing, and other writing intensive courses.

Biology (3): Molecular/Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology.

Chemistry (1): Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry.

Math (1): Statistics/Biostatistics.

Clinical Shadowing: Time in dental medicine and/or other healthcare professions to ensure genuine interest and understanding of the profession.

Although there is no minimum grade-point average and no Dental Admission Test (DAT) score requirement, we seek students who will succeed in our demanding curriculum, as evidenced by their academic preparation, coachability and emotional intelligence, flexibility and temperament to adapt to changing technologies, and the motivation and interpersonal skills to interact with diverse populations.

Applicants may apply to our program prior to the completion of pre-dental requirements or other course work. All prerequisite courses should be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation to dental school.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine degree program is currently under review and pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).