Creighton University School of Dentistry

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Creighton University School of Dentistry
Motto Willing to Lead
Established 1905
Type Private university
Dean Mark Latta, D.D.S., M.S.[1]
Students 340
Location Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Campus Urban

The Creighton University School of Dentistry is the dental school of Creighton University. It is located in the city of Omaha, Nebraska, United States. The dental school was one of the first in the United States, establishing itself in 1905, and is widely known as the one of the top institutions in the nation. Since Creighton University School of Dentistry does not offer residency positions in specialty programs, dental students are given the opportunity to perform advanced dental procedures including oral surgery, dental implants, etc. Creighton students are prepared to enter residency programs, dental practice or continue with advanced degrees and specialty training. Approximately 25% of Creighton graduates in the School of Dentistry continue on to earn a specialty degree. Creighton’s dental students and faculty also participate in activities that provide dental care to underprivileged adults and children and volunteer hundreds of hours of service. These activities include Omaha’s One World Community Health Center, “Give Kids a Smile” (dental education and dental services outreach for needy children), service in the Dominican Republic and Special Olympics/Special Smiles Program.


Creighton University School of Dentistry awards following degrees:

Four-Year Dental Degree[edit]

The four-year predoctoral education program is designed to provide maximum opportunity for clinical application of basic concepts.

  • Year 1 — Basic and preclinical sciences with introduction to clinical situations. Values and ethics courses permeate all four years of curriculum.
  • Year 2 — Continuation of basic and preclinical sciences with more emphasis on preclinical technique courses and introduction of definitive patient care. NBDE Part 1 is taken in between year 2 and 3.
  • Year 3 — Continuation of clinical sciences, initiation of the dental practice management curriculum and comprehensive care of dental patients.
  • Year 4 — Continuation of clinical and practice management coursework and comprehensive clinical care of dental patients. A number of senior elective courses are also available. NBDE Part 2 is taken during the year 4.

This competency-based curriculum is a progression of experiences from basic and preclinical sciences to mastery of clinical skills.

MS Degree in Oral Biology[edit]

The graduate program in Oral Biology is a program of study culminating in the Master of Science degree. This is an interdisciplinary research thesis program in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences. The proposed program is flexible and fosters an interdisciplinary approach using School of Dentistry research, courses and facilities to cater to the needs of individual students. A thesis is required. The program is geared towards providing a sound didactic basis for students interested in pursuing dentistry as a profession. It also provides research opportunities and teaching experience in an effort to model graduate students for an academic career as clinician educators and academic dentists.

The program provides a choice of two tracks of study:

  • The first is in dental materials and includes didactic and research emphasis in modern materials science.
  • The second is in oral biology and emphasizes didactic and research in anatomical sciences and histology.

Both tracks will equip students to analyze research and clinical literature. Both will also provide an opportunity in the second year to teach in 1st year pre-doctoral dental laboratory courses.


Research in the School of Dentistry has expanded over the last decade with growing extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and numerous foundations and international corporations. Extramural funding has exceeded $1 million. The school has active research programs in basic biological and material science, health services and translational and clinical trials. Dental students are engaged in research early in their academic career, participating in a research project as part of a course requirement. They also are invited to participate in faculty research projects. Many students have presented research projects and results at regional, national and international meetings and published findings in scientific journals.


Creighton University School of Dentistry includes the following departments:


Creighton University School of Dentistry is currently accredited by the ADA.[2]


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 is designed to be comprehensive in nature and to challenge students to reflect on transcendent values as well as instill caring, ethical, and moral components in their professional lives. This educational experience will enable the students to manage with confidence all phases of comprehensive dental care. It will also prepare the students to evaluate and implement new knowledge and to accept their responsibility of service to one’s community and profession. [3] Coordinates: 41°15′55″N 95°56′52″W / 41.26528°N 95.94778°W / 41.26528; -95.94778 The School of Dentistry accepts an average of 85 students per year with several thousand applicants from around the United States applying each year.


The School of Dentistry is located near downtown Omaha. The School of Dentistry is set off to the edge of the main Creighton University campus, making it easily accessible to offsite housing as well as campus amenities. Dental students especially appreciate Omaha's relatively low cost of living — as much as 12 percent below the national average for a wide range of goods and services.


The Creighton School of Dentistry was featured on several internet websites for a music video "Wax it Fresh and Carve it Smooth" created by Creighton dental students.

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