Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

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Rutgers - School of Dental Medicine
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Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Established 1956
Type Public
Dean Cecile A. Feldman, D.M.D., M.B.A.
Students 375
Location Newark, State of New Jersey
Campus urban

The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (formerly New Jersey Dental School) is the dental school of Rutgers University. It is one of several professional schools that form Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, a division of the university. Established in 1956, the dental school is located in the University Heights neighborhood in city of Newark, New Jersey, United States. It is the only dental school in New Jersey and is one of only two public dental schools in the New York metropolitan area.

On June 28, 2012 the New Jersey state legislature passed a bill that dissolved the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and merged most of its schools, including New Jersey Dental School, with Rutgers University, forming Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences effective July 1, 2013.[1]


RSDM receives over 2,000 applications for approximately 90 seats. Competition is therefore intense and applicants with stronger credentials will be considered for interview.


Rutgers School of Dental Medicine graduated its first class of students over forty years ago. The school was established as part of the Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry, admitting its first students in 1956. In 1965, the Seton Hall complex was acquired by the state. Three years later, the medical school moved into Newark, occupying temporary quarters near the Martland Medical Center. The dental school remained at the Jersey City location until the completion of its permanent facilities in Newark early in 1976.[2]

The school awards the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree upon completion of a comprehensive four-year program. In addition, educational programs are offered in every field of dental study, from continuing education for practicing dentists to training in tooth brushing for school-age youngsters.


In 2004, RSDM underwent major renovations with the additions of the 78,000-square-foot Oral Health Pavilion and the completion of renovations to the 194,000-square-foot Bergen Street Pavilion. The state-of-the-art facility is a hub of activity on the Newark Campus. With its impressive glass facade, the building has become a landmark in the University Heights area of the city. The Delta Dental Educational Conference Center on the main level consists of a Multipurpose Room and three lecture halls that boast executive-style seating for 400 and the latest in audiovisual equipment. Members of student organizations hold meetings and events there, and the dental school host many celebrations there, including the annual White Coat ceremony and Match Day reception. When the Conference Center is not being used by the dental school, the community is welcome to use it for civic, cultural and educational events. On the upper level, faculty and students provide treatment in state-of-the-art patient clinics that are outfitted with the latest dental equipment and technology. During the annual Cancer Screening and Health Fair, faculty members perform oral examinations in the clinics, and students from across the country converge there to participate in our Gateway to Dentistry and Summer Medical and Dental Education programs.[3]


Rutgers School of Dental Medicine offers the following academic programs:

D.M.D. Program
A four-year program leading to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Internationally trained dentists D.M.D. Program
A two-year program leading to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree for international dentists.

Graduate Dental Education
General Practice Residency
Master's degree in oral biology

Specialty Graduate Dental Education
• periodontics
oral surgery, four-year and six-year programs
pedodontics (pediatric dentistry)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tom Wright-Piersanti/The Star-Ledger. "N.J. lawmakers pass bill for Rutgers-Rowan-UMDNJ merger". Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  2. ^ Background
  3. ^ Pavilion | New Jersey Dental School

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