UNLV School of Dental Medicine, the only accredited dental school in Nevada, opened its doors during fall 2002 offering a doctor of dental medicine degree to an initial cohort of 75 students. Today, the school is led by Dr. Lily T. Garcia, receives more than 1,600 applications for an available 82 seats within its pre-doctoral program, and offers three advanced graduate programs. The school's academic, specialty, and residency programs are:

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (pre-doctoral)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Dental Medicine (dual degree)
  • Master of Public Health - Doctorate in Dental Medicine (dual degree)
  • Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Master of Science in Oral Biology
  • Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Oral Biology
  • Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Certificate General Practice Residency
A student examining a model's teeth


The School of Dental Medicine's education programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and have maintained that status since 2002.

Continuing Education

The School of Dental Medicine believes lifelong learning enhances the quality of patient care as well as the personal and professional success of dental health care providers. Our continuing education program focuses on hands-on, interactive, and consultative approaches in education.

Dental Offices

The School of Dental Medicine operates clinical programs at two facilities in Las Vegas, hosting nearly 70,000 patient visits each year. All sites are located along major bus routes and convenient for public transportation, and the offices provide an array of services.

Faculty Dental Practice

The school’s faculty dentists and hygienists treat patients in a separate, dedicated, private office setting providing dental hygiene, general, and specialty services. Faculty Dental Practice is open Monday through Friday beginning at 8 a.m.

Community Service Clinics

The school developed and manages multiple low-cost and no-cost community clinics that are dedicated to children, women, homeless persons, and veterans.

History of the School

UNLV School of Dental Medicine opened during fall 2002 as the state's only four-year accredited dental school. It's young history includes providing advanced education programs, creating needed community service clinics, and establishing a competitive, quality education program.

Those applicants admitted to the school for the pre-doctoral program hone their skills through intense hands-on training within an 84-station simulation center, during multiple community clinics designed to aid underserved populations, and through the school’s general and emergency practice clinics. The four-year doctor of dental medicine degree comprises 11 semesters and approximately 5,010 contact hours.