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Mission and Vision

Experience mission-driven dental education.

The Mission and Vision of Creighton School of Dentistry are driven by cura personalis – preparing dentists who care for the whole of a person.


The mission of the dental education program at Creighton relates to the Mission of the University.

The purpose of the School of Dentistry is to educate students who can demonstrate the attainment of competence and the progression toward proficiency in providing for the oral health needs of society.  This education will be conducted in a culture and learning environment that reflects Ignatian humanism and a Catholic, Jesuit heritage.  

A charism is a divine gift conferred not for one’s personal gain, but for the benefit of all.  The School’s mission is rooted in the Jesuit charisms of:  

  • finding God in all things,
  • cura personalis (personal care for the individual),
  • the magis [Latin for “the more”] (ever seeking what is more, better and of greater service to God and Humanity),
  • forming men and women who will live with and for others, and
  • a faith that does justice.

The educational experience is designed to provide patient-centered comprehensive care within the scope of Creighton University School of Dentistry. It will challenge students to reflect on transcendent values as well as promote caring, ethical, and moral components in their professional lives.  It will enable students to competently manage all phases of comprehensive dental care and to communicate professionally.  It will also prepare students to evaluate and implement new knowledge and to accept their responsibility of service to one’s community and profession.

The School of Dentistry has the responsibility of providing quality dental care within the scope of general dentistry in a comprehensive manner for those people who choose to become patients in the School’s clinics.  The School also has the responsibility and obligation to foster and cultivate dental research.

School Of Dentistry Vision Statement

We are a community, passionately focused on developing world-class dental professionals who will employ leading-edge knowledge and future technologies in the Jesuit educational tradition characterized by compassion, leadership, professionalism, creativity, service, and social justice.



The governing document for the School of Dentistry is our bylaws.

Caring For the Whole Person

"It’s more than dentistry. You have to care about the whole person – it all starts there." — Alvin Samuels BS'10, DDS'15

Alvin Samuels