Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program
The University of Utah offers advanced education in dentistry science and practice. Our combination of technology, world-class instruction, and picturesque beauty is unsurpassed.
The DDS degree is part of University of Utah Health, the School of Medicine, the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health, and the Eccles Health Sciences Library. As part of University of Utah Health, the School of Dentistry is a member of the Mountain West’s only academic medical center. University of Utah Health serves people in six states—Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and portions of Nevada and Colorado—nearly 10 percent of the continental United States.
Our dental graduates are expected to:
- Be competent in assessing the research process,
- conduct critical thinking and problem solving,
- develop and assess ‘best practices’ in the dental care they render,
- and be prepared to provide relevant dental health services well into the twenty-first century.
Students are selected based on objective and subjective evaluations. Objective criteria include cumulative GPA, DAT scores, and science grades. Other factors considered include, but are not limited to:
- Commitment to the U of U School of Dentistry values of compassion, trustworthiness, excellence, innovation, and equality,
- Commitment to building a humanistic culture and focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion,
- Commitment to the U of U School of Dentistry mission in making a meaningful impact on the health of the underserved,
- Commitment to the dental profession and learning.
Applications are considered holistically.
The Utah chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is actively engaged in events throughout the year. Utah ASDA events include:
- Pre-dental simulation days
- Women in dentistry days
- Clubs and committees
- Global outreach
- Semiannual socials