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Future Dental Students

Join Creighton’s Dental School.

We’re developing tomorrow’s leaders in dentistry.

The Creighton University School of Dentistry offers fully accredited dental degree programs that prepare students to deliver outstanding clinical care, guided by a spirit of compassion, service and social justice. Students experience an education focused on the fundamental sciences and ethical dimensions of dental care with our cutting-edge dental technology and research.

A Creighton dentist is a dentist backed by skills that will last a lifetime.

Your Dream Career—Brought to You by Creighton

U.S. News & World Report has found that dentists have the best job. We agree. Creighton University School of Dentistry is recognized for its clinical excellence, service learning and network of 4,000+ accomplished alumni.

Why Creighton School of Dentistry?

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A Close-Knit, Collaborative Community

We’re a tight community. Our award-winning, field-defining faculty deliver personalized support and guidance. And, as a leader in interprofessional education, our students benefit from team-based training with their peers in other health sciences programs at Creighton. 

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A Culture of Service

At the heart of every Creighton dental school education is a hands-on, compassionate clinical experience. Students learn valuable skills by directly interacting with patients and services.  
Creighton students are dedicated to making a difference in their local community and in the world. They give their time and talents at OneWorld Community Health Centers in Omaha, ILAC, senior services, local health fairs, dental programs at elementary schools, and much more. 

What to Expect

Students enrolled in Creighton’s DDS program develop the skills and techniques to manage all phases of comprehensive oral healthcare. After four years of studies and clinical training, you’ll be prepared for professional dental practice. 

Beyond the Curriculum

At Creighton, learning doesn’t end in the classroom and clinic. Students have opportunities to improve dental care in the community conduct independent research under personalized guidance from faculty members; and participate in dental externships. Dental students can also get involved in several campus clubs and organizations.

You’ll spend your first year primarily in the classroom and laboratory, focusing on the biological sciences and preclinical techniques. This year, as in all subsequent years, you’ll also take courses in dental ethics, to prepare you for a life of excellence not only in dentistry but also in compassion, service, and social justice.

This year, you will continue your education in the basic and preclinical sciences with focus on more advanced patient procedures. To prepare for patient care, you’ll participate chairside and work in a simulated clinical lab. Creighton provides a dental program that trains students early on in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) dentistry, the state-of the-art in dental restoration. Upon completion of your second year, you will be welcomed into full-time clinical studies by a special ceremony called the “Investiture of the White Coat”.

In your third year at Creighton, you’ll continue your education in the dental specialties and also be responsible for the comprehensive care of your own family of patients. You can expect to spend seven half-days per week providing care in the adult, pediatric, and oral and maxillofacial surgery clinics.

As a senior, you’ll continue to provide comprehensive care to your patients as well as take elective courses in subjects that are pertinent to your post-graduation practice. You will also have the opportunity to pursue externships in other facilities to gain experience in other forms of practice.

Caring for the Whole Person

"One of the most important lessons Creighton taught me was to find your passion. I quickly found my passion of community service." — Jennifer Tanaka DDS'15

Jennifer Tanaka