University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

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University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
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DeanNader Nadershahi, DDS
Location, ,
37°47′24″N 122°25′55″W / 37.790°N 122.432°W / 37.790; -122.432Coordinates: 37°47′24″N 122°25′55″W / 37.790°N 122.432°W / 37.790; -122.432
Tuition$104,585 (2016-2017)[1]

The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is the dental school of University of the Pacific. It is located in the South of Market, San Francisco (SOMA) neighborhood, in the U.S. state of California.

Three Year Curriculum[edit]

The school is currently the only remaining institution in the United States accredited to teach an accelerated three-year program leading to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Students complete a full curriculum of pre-clinical and basic sciences classes in their first year of dental school, as opposed to years one and two at other universities. Despite the accelerated curriculum, students at the school experience a number of hours of clinical education well above the national average for students studying in traditional four (4) year curricula.[2]

Academic Programs[edit]


The average class size at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is about 140 students.

The incoming class averages on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores:

Academic average: 22

Perceptual ability: 22

Quantitative Reasoning: 21

Reading comprehension: 22

Biology: 21

General chemistry: 23

Organic chemistry: 23

Total science: 22

The mean Grade Point Average for the incoming class was a 3.6.


The school was founded in 1896 as the College of Physicians and Surgeons with programs in dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy. In 1918, the college focused its education program solely on dentistry but retained its name as the College of Physicians and Surgeons until it was incorporated into the University of the Pacific. In 2004 the school was named in honor of Arthur A. Dugoni, a former president of the American Dental Association, who served 28 years as dean.[3]

Despite rumors in 2008 that the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic located in Stockton, California, would close due to a lack of public funding,[4] the clinic remained open. The dental school has twelve clinics open within San Francisco, Oakland, Union City and Stockton.[5] University of the Pacific still relies heavily upon the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act funding to provide services for patients with HIV/AIDS;[6] this funding is used to reimburse the school for services provided but has not increased in recent years despite increased costs of providing services.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Tuition and Fees". University of the Pacific. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dugoni School of Dentistry - 3-Year DDS Program". Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  3. ^ [1] Archived August 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Seth Hemmelgarn (2008-04-24). "HIV dental clinic to close". The Bay Area Reporter Online.
  5. ^ "Dugoni School of Dentistry - Dental Clinics". Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  6. ^ "Dugoni School of Dentistry - CARE (HIV) Clinic". Retrieved 2014-04-30.

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