School of Dentistry Fact Sheet

Fast Facts


Mark Latta, DMD, MS


194 faculty members
64 full-time
130 part-time

About the School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry has a reputation for excellence

  • 2,171 applied for 85 available seats in 2016
  • Faculty serve on local, regional and national boards and associations
  • The dental clinic provides exceptional training and vital community service, serving more than 11,000 patients annually
  • Creighton has nationally competitive dental research programs in Oral Biology
  • Dental material and product development research programs are internationally recognized
  • One of the most affordable private dental schools in the United States

Our students are exceptional and diverse

  • The average pass rate for the past 5 years on Part 1 of the national board exam (NBDE) is 96.5% and for Part 2 is 97%
  • The average pass rate over the last 5 years for the licensure exam (WREB) is 93%
  • 43% come from states without dental schools
  • Contracts with Idaho and Wyoming provide a guaranteed number of seats for students from those states
  • Creighton also offers Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) seats for dental students from New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming
  • Creighton is the dental pipeline school for Native American students interested in dentistry and is among the top 3 schools in the country educating Native American dentists. Creighton graduated the first American Indian dentist in the nation in 1956.

They find technology-rich, interdisciplinary opportunities

  • The Maxillofacial Imaging Center consolidates two Cone-Beam Computerized Tomography (advanced digital dental radiography) units
  • The Wilwerding-DiLorenzo Digital Technology Center provides cutting-edge CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology, which makes crowns and replacement teeth
  • The Master of Science in Oral Biology is a collaborative interdisciplinary program with the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Extramural research funding totaled nearly $1.5 million for 2016-2017 research
  • Creighton pharmacy and dental students and faculty work together in the dental clinic to reconcile patient medication lists and provide interprofessional care

And opportunities for service in the Jesuit tradition

  • Students and faculty provide care to the underserved through the following outreach efforts: Project Homeless Connect; "Give Kids a Smile"; OneWorld Health Center; Charles Drew Health Center; Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center; St. Francis Mission; Special Olympics; and the Dominican Republic mission program
  • Creighton's Healthy Smiles elementary school program provided preventive dental services for 2,352 school children during the 2015-2016 school year
  • Oral health outreach, education and community services totaled 9,070 individual encounters during the past year

When they graduate, Creighton dentists are in demand

  • Graduates become general dentists or pursue residency programs, advanced degrees and specialty training in nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Guam
  • Alumni practice around the world
  • 20-25% of graduates achieve post-doctoral training
  • Of all the private dental schools in the country, Creighton places the most dentists in rural locations

And our more than 3,954 alumni live out Creighton's mission of excellence

Just a few School of Dentistry alumni who have made a difference include:

  • Maj. Gen. James Cathroe, DDS'28 (1906-1999), top Air Force dentist in the Office of the Surgeon General, Air Force
  • George Blue Spruce Jr., DDS'56, public health champion, 1st American Indian dentist in U.S. and first American Indian assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service
  • Cynthia Leong, DDS'85, and Raymund Tanaka, BS'79, DDS'83, husband and wife dental practitioners and 2016 Alumni Merit Award recipients