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School of Dentistry: Indicators of Excellence

The Creighton University School of Dentistry received more than 2,500 applications in 2012-13 for 85 available seats, which is more than 20 percent of the national applicant pool. Approximately 50 percent of Creighton undergraduates who apply to the School of Dentistry are accepted.

The School of Dentistry operates its own ambulatory care dental clinic providing exceptional clinical experiences for students; it is a hallmark of a Creighton dental education. The school provides a vital community service for the underserved, supporting the University’s mission of “being men and women for others.” More than 11,000 patients are served annually and the school’s clinics recorded more than 45,000 patient visits last year.

Creighton dental students perform extremely well on national and regional licensing exams and the school has an excellent placement rate for graduates seeking post-graduate dental specialty education. The dental school has benefited from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dental Pipeline program, which encourages recruitment of Native American students into dental schools. In 2013-14, the dental school enrolled 10 Native American students.

Creighton’s dental students and faculty participate in activities that provide dental care to underprivileged adults and children and volunteer hundreds of hours of service. These activities include Omaha’s OneWorld Community Health Center; “Give Kids a Smile” (dental education and dental services outreach for needy children); service in the Dominican Republic; and the Special Olympics/Special Smiles Program.

At the forefront of their profession, School of Dentistry faculty have earned a national reputation for excellence and serve on local, regional and national boards and associations.

The Creighton School of Dentistry holds state contracts with Idaho and Wyoming that provide a guaranteed number of seats or preferential access for students from these states. The school also offers Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) seats for New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming.

A Master of Science in Oral Biology program started in 2010. This is an interdisciplinary research thesis program in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences.

The new Department of Diagnostic Sciences, which opened in May 2013, aims to improve the educational experience for students and increase clinical efficiencies in the school’s clinic. In support of the new department, the dental school is creating a Maxillofacial Imaging Center that will consolidate the clinic's two Cone-Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) units, an advanced form of digital dental radiography, to better support dental school patients and an increasing number of outside dental office referrals.

Research in the School of Dentistry has expanded over the last decade with growing extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and numerous foundations and international corporations. Extramural funding has now exceeded $1 million for the first time. The school has active research programs in basic biological and material science, health services and translational and clinical trials.