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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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

The HPU School of Dental Medicine & Oral Health will look positively upon individuals who have discovered personal areas of academic interest and have worked to independently develop, refine, and distinguish their experiences to improve and advance health care. Since the many fields of dental medicine offer opportunities for those talented in both humanities and the sciences, students should allow personal interests and their passion to dictate their choice of an undergraduate major. We prefer you think of our prerequisites as competencies to develop and not as specific course requirements. We seek students with a broad education and rigorous science preparation. Admissions competencies are not based on specific courses, but on the cumulative achievement of knowledge and skills needed to become a dental physician.

The following courses will allow practical application of academic knowledge to a rapidly advancing career in dentistry. Please utilize the comprehensive list below as a competency guide.

 

Biological Sciences and Anatomical Sciences: (demonstrate proficiency in study of biological systems and basic laboratory techniques) (labs required)

-Biology

-Human Anatomy

-Physiology

-Immunology

-Molecular Biology

-Cellular Biology

-Microbiology

-Embryology

-Genetics

-Histology

-Neuroanatomy

Chemistry: (demonstrate high analytical thinking to identify, analyze, and solve complex work processes through methodology, protocol, and procedures)

-General Chemistry I & II (lab required)

-Organic Chemistry I & II (lab required)

-Biochemistry

Humanities and Fine Arts:(demonstrate aesthetic, analytical, and writing competences to collect, record, and appropriate data accurately, including the maintenance of confidential material)

 -English and Literature

-Foreign language and Linguistics

-Music

-Art

 

 

Social Sciences: (demonstrate critical thinking and understanding of human behavior, historical events, cultural and societal differences, consumer behavior, and the innerworkings of an economy)

-Sociology

-Psychology

-Anthropology

-History

-Philosophy

-Religious studies

-Political Science

-Economics

-Bioethics

-Communication and Media studies

 Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning: (demonstrate a strong quantitative background, and a basic ability to understand and interpret data)

-College Algebra or higher including but not limited to:

-Calculus

-Statistics

-Biostatistics

 

 

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).

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Dr. Scott De Rossi
Founding Dean, School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health
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Dr. Kevin Cain
Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health
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Dr. Jazmin Cromartie
Director of Student Admissions and Engagement & Assistant Professor, School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health