Academic Programs

Students within the School of Dental Medicine are able to pursue a four-year degree, a combined master’s and certificate program, as well as two residency certificate programs.

DOCTOR OF DENTAL MEDICINE

Students pursuing a doctor of dental medicine degree within the UNLV School of Dental Medicine receive extensive hands-on and technologically-advanced simulation training during the four-year program, and will log 5,010 pre-clinical and clinical contact hours.

UNLV Dental will be flexible in the graded requirements for prerequisite coursework if an applicant attends a school that made system-wide grading changes. For instance, UNLV Dental will accept pass/fail grades for spring 2020 coursework if the course was changed due to COVID-19. However, if students have the option of pass/fail or grades, UNLV Dental prefers students to take the course option with a letter grade.

Students should describe how COVID-19 impacted their preparations of applications to dental school up to this point. Each dental school will determine how the responses will be considered as part of their admissions processes. You may update the text at any time prior to submission.

You might consider the following questions as you formulate your application responses.

Academic
  • Did your school move to offering only online coursework?
  • Did you have to leave an academic program?
  • Were the grades for your coursework, especially prerequisites, affected?
  • Was your Dental Admission Test (DAT) exam cancelled or delayed?
  • Did you lose the ability to interact with professors or advisors?
Professional
  • Was your job, paid or volunteer, affected?
  • Did you lose a job or seek new opportunities?
  • Was your shadowing experience shortened or modified?
  • Were your financial responsibilities shifted or increased?

Once you have submitted the application, your responses will be locked for editing.

Degree Info

DOCTOR OF DENTAL SURGERY

The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is a two-year (6-semester) advanced standing program for dentists who graduated from non-U.S. accredited dental schools. It enables dentists who were trained in non-U.S. accredited institutions to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to practice in the United States. The DDS program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Degree Info

Doctor of Philosophy - Oral Biology

The Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics offers a 60-month combined doctorate degree and certificate residency program. The class size is two residents per year and begins in July of each year. The program is designed to offer a broad spectrum of didactic, clinical, research, and teaching experience in the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Degree Info

CERTIFICATE IN GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDENCY

The one-year program offers an optional second year, is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation, and participates in the "PASS" and "MATCH" programs.

Certificate Info

CERTIFICATE IN ORTHODONTICS AND DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ORAL BIOLOGY

The 34-month residency program provides graduating students with a master’s in oral biology and a certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Certificate Info

CERTIFICATE IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

The continuous 24-month certificate program provides a full range of clinical experiences in pediatric oral health care.

Certificate Info

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND DOCTOR OF DENTAL MEDICINE (DUAL DEGREE)

The dual degree program is designed for those who seek business leadership opportunities within the field of dentistry.

Dual Degree Info

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH - DOCTORATE IN DENTAL MEDICINE (DUAL DEGREE)

The dual degree allows students in the UNLV School of Dental Medicine to gain a deeper understanding of disease prevention, medical delivery, and health promotion at both an individual and population level within the field of dentistry.

Dual Degree Info