Dentistry (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

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Creighton School of Dentistry offers students a comprehensive curriculum and a first-rate educational experience that not only prepares highly competent dentists, but outstanding human beings.

Through the influence of caring faculty mentors, to outstanding clinical experiences and an emphasis on giving back to the community through meaningful service, the School of Dentistry can provide you with a rich preparation for a career in dentistry.

When you pursue your DDS at Creighton, you can take comfort in knowing that our School of Dentistry will:

  • Prepare you for a high level of professional competence
  • Instill caring, ethical and moral components into your professional life
  • Expose you to diverse patients as well as peers, who come from many backgrounds  and enrich campus with a variety of traditions and experiences

A bachelor’s degree is not required for acceptance into dental school, but it is preferred. We have dental students who have majored in English, foreign languages, political science and sociology. But the majority of accepted applicants have majored in biology, chemistry, physics or zoology.


Dentistry is growing faster than the average for all occupations. Many members of the baby-boom generation will need complicated dental work. In addition, because each generation is more likely to keep their teeth than past generations, more dental care will be needed in the years to come.

Dentists will continue to see an increase in demand for their services as studies continue to link oral health to overall health. The high demand for dental services means that employment of dentists will need to increase at a faster rate. There are still areas of the country where patients have little access to dental care.

After graduating in dentistry, your options may include:

  • Private practice
  • Work at a community health center
  • A career in military dentistry
  • Teaching at a dental school
  • Continuing on to a specialty program.

Approximately 1 in 4 of graduates of the School of Dentistry continue on to earn a specialty degree.

What You'll Learn

  • To be a top-rate diagnostician
  • How to manage all phases of comprehensive dental care with confidence
  • How to manage pain and maximize your calming influence on patients
  • How to communicate professionally in both oral and written forms
  • How to embrace new technology and discover how it can enhance your ability to treat your patients
  • How serving others can enrich your professional life and improve the health of your community


Freshman Year

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Community and Preventive Dentistry
  • CPR
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Dental Materials
  • Diagnosis/Radiology
  • General/Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Histology and Embryology
  • Introduction to Conducting Research
  • Nutrition
  • Occlusion
  • Physiology
  • Periodontology

Total number of hours: 92


  • Biochemistry
  • Diagnosis and Radiology
  • Endodontics
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Infection Control
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Pain Control
  • Pathology
  • Pedodontics-Orthodontics
  • Periodontology
  • Microbiology
  • Information Technology
  • Removable Prosthodontics

Total number of hours: 114


  • Acute Care
  • CPR
  • Community and Preventive Dentistry
  • Diagnosis and Radiology
  • Endodontics
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Medically Compromised Patient
  • Oral Surgery/Medical Emergencies
  • Clinic Activity
  • Pedodontics-Orthodontics
  • Periodontology
  • Pharmacology
  • Practice Management
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Evidence-based Dentistry
  • TMD Disorders
  • Behavioral Science
  • Clinical Assessment

Total number of hours: 122


  • Acute Care
  • Behavioral Sciences/Ethics
  • Community and Preventive
  • Diagnosis and Radiology
  • Endodontics
  • Fixed
  • Implantology
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Clinic Activity
  • Pharmacology
  • Pedodontics-Orthodontics
  • Periodontology
  • Practice Management
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Oral Pathology
  • Esthetic Dentistry
  • Clinical Assessment

Total number of hours: 101

Student Organizations

  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

    The local chapter of the ASDA promotes active participation of undergraduate dental students in their own dental organizations. As a result, students are better prepared to assume a professional role after graduation. Membership is voluntary for all undergraduate dental students and includes privileges of attending all dental meetings of the local, state and national organization.

  • Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

    The Creighton chapter of the SNDA is an active group committed to public service and community involvement. CUSNDA:

    • Promotes public awareness of issues such as oral cancer
    • Creates mentorship opportunities
    • Fosters relationships with the local community to provide oral health education and screening to underserved populations
    • Provides opportunities to attend conferences and seminars at the local and national level

Research Opportunities

Creighton University School of Dentistry is nationally recognized for academic and clinical excellence. It strives to build a national and international reputation in research and the school conducts research across the spectrum of social needs, including:

  • Basic science of discovery
  • Research to improve healthcare delivery models and care of the underserved
  • Educational and clinical research

Numerous active clinical trials focus on advancing the quality and safety of dental materials and techniques. Additionally, several in vitro projects are under way. The results of these investigations provide valuable information that can be applied to clinical teaching situations and patient care.

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.

Admissions Requirements

State Licensure Requirements
As an accredited dental school a conferred degree from Creighton’s School of Dentistry meets the dental degree requirement for licensure for all 50 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Since there is not a national dental licensure standard each state may have additional requirements that could include local or regional licensure exams and a written national board exam.

See the School of Dentistry’s admissions requirements.

Tuition & Scholarships

More than 125 scholarships are awarded to dental students every year, varying in size from $500 to $24,000. There is no separate application for scholarships. They are awarded by the Admissions Committee or the Committee on Scholarship and Financial Aid on the basis of need and merit.


Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19, Creighton University is not able to conduct in person tours at the present time. Therefore, the School of Dentistry has created a virtual tour so that you can get a walkthrough of the Dental School.

We hope to be able to have in person tours very soon in the future, but in the meantime, please enjoy touring our Dental School virtually!


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