What to Expect

Preparing you for dental school and your future.

Dentistry Future Students What to Expect

Students enrolled in Creighton’s DDS program develop the skills and techniques to manage all phases of comprehensive oral health care. You’ll be prepared for professional dental practice immediately after graduation. The path to clinical competency is typically four years.

Beyond the Curriculum

At Creighton, learning doesn’t end in the classroom and clinic. You’ll have the opportunity to reach out to your community and make a difference as early as your freshman year; to conduct independent research under personalized guidance from faculty members; and to apply for dental externships.

An Overview of Your Time with Us

Year 1

You’ll spend your first year primarily in the classroom and laboratory, focusing on the biological sciences and preclinical techniques. This year, as in all subsequent years, you’ll also take courses in dental ethics, to prepare you for a life of excellence not only in dentistry but also in compassion, service, and social justice.

Year 2

This year, you will continue your education in the basic and preclinical sciences with focus on more advanced patient procedures. To prepare for patient care, you’ll participate chairside and work in a simulated clinical lab. Creighton provides a dental program that trains students early on in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) dentistry, the state-of the-art in dental restoration. Upon completion of your second year, you will be welcomed into full-time clinical studies by a special ceremony called the “Investiture of the White Coat”.

Year 3

In your third year at Creighton, you’ll continue your education in the dental specialties and also be responsible for the comprehensive care of your own family of patients. You can expect to spend seven half-days per week providing care in the adult, pediatric, and oral and maxillofacial surgery clinics.

Year 4

As a senior, you’ll continue to provide comprehensive care to your patients as well as take elective courses in subjects that are pertinent to your post-graduation practice. You will also have the opportunity to pursue externships in other facilities to gain experience in other forms of practice.