The Mission and Vision of Creighton School of Dentistry are driven by cura personalis – preparing dentists who care for the whole of a person.
The mission of the dental education program at Creighton relates to the Mission of the University.
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 will be conducted in a culture and learning environment that reflects Ignatian humanism and a Catholic, Jesuit heritage. It 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 students to manage with confidence all phases of comprehensive dental care and to communicate professionally in both oral and written forms. It will also prepare students to evaluate and implement new knowledge and to accept their responsibility of service to one’s community and profession.
The School of Dentistry has the responsibility of providing quality dental care in a comprehensive manner for those people who choose to become patients in the School’s clinics. The School also has the responsibility and obligation to foster and cultivate dental research.
Creighton University School of Dentistry is committed to excellence in education, patient care, service and research. It exists to develop dental professionals who will use the knowledge and technology of the 21st century in the Jesuit educational tradition characterized by compassion, leadership, professionalism, creativity, service, and social justice
The mission of the School of Dentistry is rooted in the Jesuit charisms of:
- Finding God in all things
- Cura personalis
- The Magis
- Forming men and women who will live for others, and
- A faith that does justice
A charism is a divine gift conferred not for one’s personal gain, but for the benefit of all.
Finding God in all things lies at the heart of the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. It invites one to encounter God’s presence in each moment and to cultivate an awareness of God’s constant activity by an ongoing process of personal discernment. This vision informs and shapes our dental study and practice.
Cura personalis–that is, personal care for the individual–springs from the realization that each person is unique and made in the image and likeness of God, and therefore deserving of respect and our best efforts to help the individual reach his or her full potential.
The Magis, Latin for “more,” is an open-ended process by which one habitually and prayerfully looks for opportunities to be ever more loving, more faith-filled, and be of more and better service to God and God’s People.
The main Jesuit educational objective is forming men and women who will live—not for themselves—but to express their love of God by caring for God’s people.
Finally, the hunger and struggle for justice arise from an authentic faith which seeks to respond to the Scriptural mandate to minister to all, but particularly the poor and marginalized, and to critique and address unjust social structures.
The governing document for the School of Dentistry is our bylaws (PDF).