- 1 Background
- 2 Tuition and Fees
- 3 Prerequisites
- 4 Curriculum
- 5 Interviewing
- 6 Mission
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 References
The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, is a private dental college at Boston University. With research expenditures approaching $10 million annually, Boston prides itself for being a research intensive program.
Boston University also pioneered a new approach to dental education called the Applied Professional Experience (APEX). Through the program, students integrate their classroom learning with practical experience as dental interns in dental offices in the Boston area where they work closely with practicing dentists.
The Goldman School of Dental Medicine is very involved with community service. Dental students participate in more than 100 volunteer service events annually.
In September of 2000, a new Simulation Learning Center (SLC) was opened. The SLC is located on the Boston University Medical Campus and features a technologically advanced learning environment.
Tuition and Fees
- Tuition: $74,500
- Annual Increase: 4-7%
- Pre-Doctoral General Fee I: $600
- Pre-Doctoral General Fee II: $610
- Pre-Doctoral General Fee III: $875
- Pre-Doctoral General Fee IV: $640
- Pre-Doctoral General Fee V: $875
- Pre-Doctoral General Fee VI: $655
- Health and Wellness Fee (Annual): $206
- Graduate Program Fee (Annual): $174
- Instrument Fee I: $3,786
- Instrument Fee II: $4,519
- Instrument Fee III: $8,236
- Total Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $358,980.53
To be considered for admission to the DMD program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the USA or Canada, or be enrolled in a course of study that will result in the awarding of the degree before matriculation into the DMD program.
Applicants who completed their bachelor’s degree more than two years before expected dental school attendance are advised to pursue academic activities, research, or employment in the oral health field to maintain and strengthen preparation for a dental school curriculum.
Boston University requires that all prerequisites be completed prior to matriculation. At the time of submission of the application, it is understood that some prerequisites are pending completion. In the AASDAS application, list your planned courses.
Although most of the prerequisite courses are science-based, an applicant may be enrolled in any major.
Credits from an accredited four-year U.S./Canadian college or university should match or exceed the prerequisite requirement in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
Up to 30 credits of community college work will be accepted, but community college coursework may not be applied to science prerequisites (biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics). Science prerequisite courses must be completed at a four-year U.S./Canadian college or university. If you have community college science credits, you should take upper-level courses in the relevant field of study at a four-year institution to earn sufficient prerequisite credits in the topic. It is not necessary to re-take the basic course at a four-year institution if you have advanced coursework in the topic from a four-year institution.
Advanced Placement credit is not accepted toward the science prerequisites. Applicants who received college credit and/or placed out of prerequisite courses because of AP credits must either retake those courses at an accredited four-year United States or Canadian institution or take an equal number of credits in upper-level coursework in the same discipline at a four-year institution.
Advanced Placement credits will be accepted for English and math prerequisites if the degree-granting institution awarded college credit toward the bachelor’s degree.
Prerequisite Courses (Required)
- Prerequisite courses should be taken at an accredited, four-year United States or Canadian college or university. Community college coursework may not be applied to science prerequisites.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year United States or Canadian college or university is a requirement for enrollment at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
- The Admissions Committee strongly suggests that the following courses be taken to ensure a competitive application.
|Biology with Lab||3 semesters (9-12 credits) or 4 quarters||Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill the Biology prerequisite: upper-level Biology college courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisite credit requirement. Refer to the list of suggested biological science courses, below.|
|General Chemistry with Lab||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters||Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill the General Chemistry prerequisite: upper-level Inorganic Chemistry college courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisite credit requirement.|
|Organic Chemistry with Lab||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters||Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill the Organic Chemistry prerequisite: upper-level Organic Chemistry college courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisite credit requirement.|
|Math (including calculus)||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters|
|Physics||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters|
|English or Composition||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters|
Recommended Advanced Biological Science Courses
|Applicants, especially science majors, are encouraged to include a variety of courses in their undergraduate program. Exploration of diverse subject areas and perspectives contributes to a broad knowledge base and enhances critical-thinking skills.|
Comprehensive Preclinical Dentistry
This comprehensive course integrates content previously taught separately in three courses: Introduction to Dental Practice, Operative Dentistry I & Preclinical Operative Dentistry I. This course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts and skills necessary to the successful practice of dentistry. Concepts include didactic instruction in the following areas: infection control, bacterial plaque formation, etiology and prevention of both dental caries and periodontal disease, and patient education for both individual and group instruction. Clinical instruction is provided in the Predoctoral Treatment Center and Simulation Learning Center and is focused on providing instruction in infection control, patient evaluation, basic instrumentation skills, coronal polishing and sealant placement. Through a Service Learning component, students are also engaged in community service activities at schools in the Boston area that are affiliated with GSDM. This course also presents a comprehensive introduction to direct restorations. The course includes discussion of dental caries, isolation techniques, general tooth preparation principles, simple amalgam restorations, anterior composite resin restorations and adhesive systems.
This course introduces the emerging science of molecular genetics. The course is designed to complement courses in microbiology and immunology and to prepare the students to understand and assimilate coming knowledge being developed by researchers and the various implications for dental practice.
Anatomical Sciences I
In the first half of the course microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, and organs is taught, emphasizing the relationship of structure to function and to macroscopic anatomy. The second half of the course is dedicated to the study of the structure and function of the nervous system. Instructors discuss the specific anatomical structure of the central and peripheral nervous systems and use clinical correlations to show the effects of lesions on various areas of the nervous system.
Anatomical Sciences II
This course covers a wide range of topics in human gross anatomy that are relevant to the practice of dentistry. Specifically, lectures will provide in-depth details of the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, upper extremity, neck, head and brain. In addition, the structure, function and details of bones and joints of the body will be covered. In the lab portion of this course, we have the invaluable opportunity to use cadavers to directly observe the anatomical structures discussed in lecture.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic principles of modern biochemistry. The topics to be covered include an introduction to biochemistry and its importance to understanding oral health as well as proteins, enzymes, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, sugar and lipid metabolism, hormones and second messengers and connective tissue biochemistry. In addition to the traditional lecture format, students participate in case-based presentations designed to integrate clinical cases with the material presented in class.
This course presents the physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and integrated body functions, including student led discussion of the physiological basis of clinical conditions. An integrated approach is also taken to the endocrine system including extensive discussion of fuel metabolism and reproductive physiology. Hormonal aberrations and their end results are presented in clinical correlations by students.
Microbiology and Immunology
The overall goals of this course are to provide students with: (1) a basic background in microbiology, including the nomenclature, structure, physiology, genetics, mechanisms of pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations associated with the major pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses); (2) an understanding of how the basic principles of microbiology are integral to effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease, and (3) a basic background in immunology including the functions and disorders of the immune system.
This course covers the fundamental concepts of modern pathology and explains how to apply the process of differential diagnosis in the major human diseases. Pathologic mechanisms and principles of most organs and systems of the body are discussed, with emphasis on those most relevant to oral health and care of dental patients. The course includes lectures by the School of Medicine Pathology faculty and Integrated Problem Sessions presented by students.
Oral Biology I
This course is a comprehensive consideration of the embryology, microscopic and macroscopic structure, and functions of the orofacial complex. Material from the other basic sciences is expanded and related to the oral cavity. Emphasis is on the normal state of oral health.
Oral Diagnosis/Radiology I
This web-based course is designed to introduce basic radiology concepts to pre-doctoral dental students. Students will gain knowledge of the basic concepts of how x-rays are created and interact, as well as a familiarity with dental radiographic techniques. This course includes training of students to analyze the biological effects of ionizing radiation.
Professional Ethics Development
Professional Ethics Development is designed to explore the personal and professional values of the dental student and the dental health professional. The course provides a historical and conceptual framework of dentistry, and presents the profession’s code of ethics as well as explores some current ethical and legal issues affecting professional practice. The purpose of the course is to assist students in the transition from undergraduate school to professional school and ultimately into knowledgeable, skilled, and caring professionals. Students discuss the school’s code of conduct and identify common values of the class, participate in case-based discussions and writing assignments to raise awareness about the personal and professional values involved in dental school and dental practice.
The lecture component of this course is an introduction to assessing and evaluating published scientific and dental literature. Students learn to examine the general concepts in experimental design, scientific methodology, and the appropriateness of statistical methods used to evaluate the conclusions of studies. In the seminar component of the course, students meet in small groups led by faculty members who serve as facilitators. Published scientific evidence is used to help develop sound reasoning and critical thinking skills in students. Students analyze scientific literature and learn about general patterns of clinical judgment, critical thinking, decision-making, and application of scientific evidence into everyday practice.
Applied Professional Experience Clerkship (APEX)
During the summer, at the end of their first year, students participate in an 8 week internship rotation at community health centers or private practices approved and affiliated with GSDM. During this time, students are allowed to participate in the provision of patient care. Students experience the different roles of the dental team, and perform a series of observational and hands-on activities that reinforce their knowledge and application of infection control measures, production and evaluation of intraoral radiographs, diagnostic procedures, patient evaluation, caries risk assessment, patient education and preventive dentistry.
Dental Anatomy and Occlusion
The lecture aspect of this course provides the student essential knowledge in the anatomical and morphological characteristics of teeth and their functional relationship to each other as well as to surrounding orofacial structures. Dental terminology is introduced and integrated throughout the course material. The practical component of the course allows the student to practically apply the knowledge obtained from the didactic portion of the course while developing psychomotor skills through the use and manipulation of dental materials. The clinical relevance of this subject matter is emphasized throughout all aspects of the course.
This course introduces the study of the physical and chemical properties of materials related to the practice of dentistry-their uses, handling, and effects.
This lecture course provides the dental student with a clear understanding of the biological foundations of pulpal and periapical disease. The causes and progression of these problems are discussed. Diagnostic and therapeutic modalities are introduced.
This simulated clinic course provides experience and skill development in the clinical therapeutic techniques being presented in the lecture course.
This course is designed to introduce to 2rd yr DMD and 1st year Advanced Standing DMD students a broad overview of dental implants. The course will consist of a combination of didactic classroom learning and simulated lab exercises, which will teach students to read CBCT scans, treatment plan and place a virtual implant into the scan with merged data from a file of a digital impression of the dentition, and then to fabricate an accurate surgical guide for its use in guided surgery; place and restore dental implant on a model; as well as restore overdentures supported by dental implants. The course will prepare the students to treat patients in a clinical setting using dental implants as a treatment option
This course addresses the pharmacologic principles that underlie the appropriate clinical use of therapeutic agents. The efficacy and toxicity of major classes of drugs are covered with emphasis on implications in dentistry, including side effects in the oral cavity and drug interactions.
Oral Biology II
The second-year course in oral biology expands on concepts introduced in the first year. Emphasizes specific oral structures and functions and introduces the biology of oral disease states. Includes a section on clinical nutrition as it relates to systemic diseases and oral health.
Oral Diagnosis and Radiology II
The goals of this course are to present the advanced imaging techniques including extraoral imaging, panoramic imaging and digital imaging. Lectures and case presentations will prepare the students to analyze radiographs and be proficient in interpretation of caries, periodontal disease and periapical pathology. The students will also gain knowledge of the radiographic features of various jaw diseases including cysts, tumors, fibro-osseous lesions, systemic disease, infections and developmental diseases affecting the oral tissues.
General Medicine and Dental Correlations
Lectures, case presentations, and demonstrations illustrate the relationships between the pathological processes of disease and their clinical manifestations. Emphasis is on the dental management of patients with complex medical problems.
Pain Control I
This course presents the pharmacological aspects and indications for the use of local anesthetics as well as patient evaluation and detailed discussion of injections techniques. It will provide an introduction to the management of medical emergencies as well as prescription writing. A review of the relevant head and neck anatomy and neurophysiology will be covered. Each student will participate in a laboratory/clinical exercise which will be offered in the spring semester, prior to entering the clinic.
Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry-Orthodontics
This course is a comprehensive simulated clinic introduction to the techniques of pediatric dentistry and orthodontic techniques. Includes the technical aspects of restorative dentistry, space maintenance.
This course presents the clinical and microscopic characteristics of the periodontium in healthy and diseased states. Diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes assessment are discussed.
This clinical course includes experience in performing diagnostic and preventive periodontal procedures with student partners.
This course is designed to introduce the philosophy of prevention of the various oral diseases as the primary approach to controlling oral disease, as opposed to focusing on treating disease. The approach also focuses not only on the individual patient, but also on the broader community as an entity. The course is intended to direct thought to the concept of maintenance of optimal levels of health through prevention.
Integrated Problems in Practice Management II
This case-based-learning course is comprised of lectures, large group cased-based analysis and small-group case-based seminars. Topics covered in the course include the profession’s code of ethics and principles of conduct, as well as aspirational codes. Issues of diversity and cultural competency in professional practice are discussed. A model of ethical decision-making for the dentist is presented and cases involving ethical issues are discussed in large-group lectures and small-group based seminars. Students rely on dialogue with preceptors of their APEX clerkship as a resource for addressing the cases presented in small, interactive faculty-facilitated seminar groups.
This course identifies the behavioral framework for the effective delivery of health care. Discussions include effective behavioral modification models with respect to doctor and patient communication as well as behavioral aspects of managing patient pain and anxiety. The course provides students with knowledge to also assist them in their personal behavioral management as they transition from student to health care provider.
Preclinical Operative Dentistry
This hands-on simulated clinic course provides demonstrations, experience and skill development with the procedures related to direct and indirect intracoronal tooth restorations.
Removable Prosthodontics I
This comprehensive lecture course addresses complete and partial denture construction.
Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics
This simulated clinic course provides experience and skill development with the procedures related to complete and partial denture construction.
Fixed Prosthodontics I
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to extracoronal full-coverage tooth restoration systems. The conceptual basis for both single-tooth crowns and multiple-tooth bridgework is presented.
Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics
This simulated clinic course provides experience and skill development with single-tooth crowns and multiple-tooth bridgework.
An in-depth study of the physical and chemical properties of materials related to the practice of dentistry. It includes their uses, handling, and effects.
Comprehensive Clinical Dentistry
This course is the major clinical experience in the DMDIII year. Students provide clinical care for patients in a closely supervised and largely ungraded and environment. Students apply the information learned in the curriculum up to this point and begin comprehensive care of assigned patients. The course includes the clinical application of preclinical information, continuous updating and expansion of clinical knowledge, and the correlation and synthesis of these so that students are able to logically and systematically diagnose, treatment plan and treat a patient, and then evaluate the outcomes of that care.
The purpose of the course is to teach and have students demonstrate a deeper understanding of how critical thinking is an essential part of assessing information and decision making in the practice of dentistry.
Lectures and case presentations illustrate the diagnosis and treatment of oral mucosal lesions, oral manifestations of systemic diseases and their effects on comprehensive oral health care.
Students are exposed to and interpret radiographs for new dental patients, perform initial screening examination, and diagnose incoming patients. Working with faculty comprehensive-care team leaders, students gain the analytical and decision-making skills necessary to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and coordinate patient care.
This predoctoral course discusses the diagnosis, etiology and development of malocclusions with special focus on their diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment planning. Intervention in growth problems for children and minor tooth movement for adults are included as well as an Invsalign certification course.
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of tooth removal as well as minor and major oral surgical procedures. Patient history and physical examination are described. Emphasis will be given to the pre-surgical patient evaluation, risk management, and basic surgical principles.
Pain Control II
The course builds on the concepts presented in OS 521, and is designed to provide the dental student with a basic introduction to pain and anxiety control of the dental patient. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of pain, behavior techniques, nitrous oxide, oral and intravenous sedation, along with general anesthesia. Patient evaluation and the prevention and treatment of medical emergencies and management of anesthetic complications will be discussed.
This course is focused upon the pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of common diseases affecting the oral and para-oral structures. Students should learn a systematic approach to evaluation and diagnosis of oral diseases.
This course discusses oral health problems during development and growth of the orofacial structures of the child and adolescent. The course focuses on training in patient management, preventive and restorative dentistry, treatment of traumatic dental injuries, and minor tooth movement.
This course presents a continuation of the discussion of concepts presented in PE 520. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and clinical management of periodontal disease, including the principles and techniques of periodontal surgery.
Health Care Law
This course continues to build the student’s understanding and consideration of ethical issues in dental practice and introduces related legal principles. Through lecture and case discussion, the student will focus on ethical problem-solving in more complex patient-based cases and introduces legal concepts affecting the practice of dentistry including licensure, contract and tort law, patient abandonment, malpractice, informed consent and refusal, mandatory reporting laws, patient confidentiality and prudent behavior, diversity and discrimination laws.
Gerontology & Geriatric Dentistry
A web-based course designed to provide foundational learning about aging, societal implications of aging, and management of oral health across the aging continuum.
Removable Prosthodontics II
This course discusses the edentulous and partially edentulous patient and the use of removable prostheses. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, treatment planning and design. Attachments and implant retained prostheses are covered. Correlation is made with comprehensive clinical practice.
Fixed Prosthodontics II
This course provides a detailed study of the diagnosis, treatment plan, and techniques for fixed prosthodontic appliances. Stress is placed on the integration of periodontal and endodontic considerations that may affect the final prosthodontic appliance.
This course presents the scientific basis for diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical protocol, and prosthetic options in modern dental Implantology. Students will perform restorative Implantology procedures and CT scan evaluation in a simulated clinic setting.
Treatment Planning and Patient Management I
This clinical course will develop graduates who are competent in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of patients throughout their lifecycle. Additionally, this course seeks to develop competency in patient management and interpersonal skills. Through the use of faculty supervised clinical experiences, seminars, and a faculty mentoring program, students develop comprehensive programs of patient care including patient education, prevention, and treatment of oral disease.
Clinical experiences consist of the diagnosis and treatment of pulpal and perapical dental pathology requiring endodontic intervention.
Clinical Urgent Care
Students are periodically assigned to the dental emergency clinic. Under the supervision of faculty of the respective clinical departments, students have the opportunity to gain experience in diagnosing and managing patients with acute dental emergencies. The experience includes periodic assignments in managing patients returning for follow-up appointments. Emphasis is on preventive dentistry, patient education, and appropriate triage to meet patient requirements.
Clinical Oral Surgery
This course provides a clinical rotation in oral and maxillofacial surgery in the third and fourth year. It is designed to give the undergraduate students clinical hands-on experience in office surgical procedures pertinent to the general dentist. The student may have the opportunity to observe and/or assist with more complicated procedures in the both the clinic and operating room setting during the rotation. Daily seminars are given throughout the rotation. Clinical rotation: Two weeks.
Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
This course includes rotations in the children’s dentistry clinics at the dental school, South Boston Community Health Center and South End Community Health Center during the year. Students receive training in preventive and restorative dentistry and in the treatment of traumatic dental injuries.
Clinical Periodontology II
This clinical course emphasizes not only treatment of the patient’s existing periodontal disease, but also maintenance of healthy periodontium through patient education.
Integrated Problems in Practice Management IV
This course provides information necessary for a new graduate to obtain a position as an oral health-care provider. Topics discussed include jurisprudence, risk management (disability and liability insurance coverage and products), third party reimbursement, provider compensation models, personal finance (retirement and student loan repayment), interview techniques, and employment contract assessment.
Students are assigned to alternative treatment settings such as Community Health Centers and Hospital based dental clinics for 10 week rotations. These rotations provide opportunities for continued growth of students clinical skills, as well as enhancement in skills in the following areas: treatment planning, diagnosis, critical thinking and time management. This course also provides the students with experience in treating diverse patient populations.
Treatment Planning Seminar
This seminar course focuses on real-world problem solving. There is a special emphasis on decision-making and patient communication in a private practice setting. It is an interactive course given in small group format.
Clinical Treatment Planning & Patient Management II
This clinical course continues the work to develop graduates who are competent in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of patients throughout their lifecycle that was started in RS544. Additionally, this course seeks to develop competency in patient management and interpersonal skills. Through the use of faculty supervised clinical experiences, seminars, and a faculty mentoring program, students develop comprehensive programs of patient care including patient education, prevention, and treatment of oral disease.
Clinical Operative Dentistry II
This clinical course focuses on individual tooth restorations. Students provide comprehensive oral health care for patients, receiving hands-on training in a full range of restorative dentistry including amalgam, gold, porcelain, and composite resin restorative systems. The course explores the use of ceramics, composite material, and bonding techniques in cosmetic dentistry.
Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics II
This clinical course focuses on fixed single-unit and fixed multiple-unit prosthesis. Students provide comprehensive oral health care for patients, receiving hands-on training in a full range of porcelain and gold fixed prosthesis.
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics II
This clinical course addresses the diagnosis of both fully and partially edentulous mouths as well as the design and fabrication of complete and partial denture appliances.
Boston University conducts interviews from October through March. There are typically two interviews lasting around 30 minutes. Interviews at Boston University are relaxed and informal.
The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.
We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and health care professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.
We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.
We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of trust, responsibility, respect, fairness, compassion, excellence, service, and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.
We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
100 East Newton Street, G-305
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 638-4787
Fax: (617) 638-4798
Ms. Catherine Sarkis
Assitant Dean for Admissions
Phone: (617) 638-4787
Student Financial Services
Boston University Medical Campus
Phone: (617) 638-5130
Dr. Joseph Calabrese
Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: (617) 638-4790
Minority Affairs / Diversity
Dr. Larry G. Dunham
Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Phone: (617) 638-4738
Ms. Barbara Attianese
Housing Resources Manager
Boston University Medical Campus
Phone: (617) 638-5125
International Students and Scholars Office
Ms. Jeanne Kelley
Boston University ISSO
Phone: (617) 353-3565
- 2017-2018 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools