Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry

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    Portland, OR
    *Note: Cost calculation does not include living expenses, student loan interest, or loan origination fees. 
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    Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Dentistry (OHSUSD) is a public dental school located in Portland, Oregon. The school was established in 1899 and remains as the only dental program in the state of Oregon.

    In June of 2014, OHSUSD opened a new state-of-the-art dental facility. The smaller size of the new structure, along with the addition of new cutting-edge equipment meant that the entire basic sciences curriculum had to be revamped.

    OHUSD offers specialty training in the following areas: General Practice Residency, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatrics, and Periodontics.

    Tuition and Fees

    • Resident Tuition: 
      • First Year: $44,342
      • Second Year: $43,884
      • Third Year: $43,448
      • Fourth Year: $43,016
    • Non-Resident Tuition: 
      • First Year: $71,536
      • Second Year: $70,828
      • Third Year: $70,128
      • Fourth Year: $69,432
    • Annual Increase: 4-7%
    • University Fees: $2,200 (annual)
    • Student Council Fee: $60 (annual)
    • Medical Insurance: 
      • First Year: $4,492
      • Second Year: $3,933
      • Third Year: $3,933
      • Fourth Year: $3,933
    • Dental Insurance:
      • First Year: $358
      • Second Year: $314
      • Third Year: $314
      • Fourth Year: $314
    • Clinic Infrastructure Assessment: 
      • First Year: $8,325
      • Second Year: $8,082
      • Third Year: $8,001
      • Fourth Year: $6,999
    • Spring Graduation Fee:
      • Fourth Year: $60
    • Board Exams:
      • Second Year: $395
      • Fourth Year: $440
    • Loupe / Loupe Light: $1,500
    • Camera / Ring Light: $435
    • Board Examinations: 
      • Third Year: $420
      • Fourth Year: $465
    • Total Resident Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $242,321
    • Total Non-Resident Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $353,596

    Application Requirements

    Pre-dental Education: A minimum of three years (90 semester or 135 quarter credit hours) completed at the time of application from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada is suggested. Full time enrollment is recommended with an emphasis in the basic sciences.

    Foreign course work: Foreign course work will not be accepted.

    Community College Limitations: It is recommended that a student attend no more than one year at a community college.

    Pass/No Pass: Admissions requirements taken for P/NP credit will not fulfill our requirements. Please note: the only exception to this policy applies to students attending a very limited number of schools that solely offer P/NP grades for lab courses. If you are given the option to take a lab course P/NP or for a grade, you must take it for a grade.

    Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate: While actual coursework is preferred, applicants may use AP or IB credit toward the fulfillment of prerequisite course requirements.  AP and IB courses may be accepted only if AP/IB credit is assigned to a specific course.  That course must also fulfill our prerequisite requirement and must appear on an official transcript.  AP and IB credit assigned to a general subject area will not fulfill this requirement.  No other document, such as a transfer credit report, an unofficial transcript or a letter from an academic advisor, will fulfill this requirement.

    Grade Point Average (GPA): It is recommended that you have a minimum of 3.0 in both your cumulative overall GPA and required science/BCP (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) GPA.

    Degree Requirement: Although OHSU does not require a baccalaureate (B.A./B.S.) degree for admission, it is highly recommended that you plan to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation.


    Courses – All courses must be completed for a grade of C or higherQuarter/Semester
    General Biology w/labs13/2
    General Chemistry w/labs13/2
    Organic Chemistry w/labs12/2
    Physics w/labs13/2
    Human Anatomy and Physiology w/ labs13/24
    Biochemistry w/lab21/1
    English Composition33/2

    1 Courses must be completed as part of a sequence (for example 201/202/203 or 201a/201b/201c).
    2 Biochemistry lab is highly recommended but not required.
    3 One year or the minimum number of credit hours required to meet your institution’s bachelor degree requirement.
    4 Two semesters or three quarters (i.e. 1 semester Anatomy and 1 semester Physiology OR 2 semesters/3 quarters of a combined Anatomy & Physiology sequence OR 3 quarters consisting of 2 quarters of Anatomy and 1 quarter of Physiology or 1 quarter of Anatomy and 2 quarters of Physiology). Upper division Human, Mammalian or Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology courses preferred. *Please see the chart below for University of Oregon specific requirements.

    Prerequisite and Advisor table specific to Oregon 4-year Colleges/Universities


    Prerequisite table for OHSU’s most common out-of-state feeder Colleges/Universities


    Suggested additional preparation: Additional science courses such as microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, histology and neuroscience are highly recommended . Study of the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities as well as the courses in the fine arts such as sculpture and 3-D drawing will enhance the student’s ability to practice dentistry.

    OHSU Dental Hygiene Graduates: OHSU Dental Hygiene graduates are held to the same pre-dental admissions requirements as all other applicants to the DMD program. Please consult with your pre-dental advisor or an OHSU admissions officer as many of the admissions requirements used to gain entrance into the Dental Hygiene program will not fulfill our dental school prerequisite requirements.

    Dental Admission Test (DAT)The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a standardized exam designed to assess general academic ability, knowledge of scientific information, and perceptual ability.

    Canadian DAT scores are no longer accepted for those applicants applying for the entering class of 2014. Our priority deadline for receipt of official DAT scores is November 1. It is recommended, however, that the DAT be taken far enough in advance to allow for retake if needed. Only the most recent scores are considered. Applicants should achieve a minimum score of 15 in all DAT categories.

    Dental Observation: Prior to application, applicants must have a minimum of 50 clinical observation hours in a dental setting. Of the 50 hours, we require a minimum of 25 hours in a general practice setting. The remaining 25 hours can continue to come from a general practice or a dental specialty office, a public health clinic, or any other clinical setting.


    Year 1: Early Fall

    Course #Course Title
    AN 711Gross AnatomyMatsumoto
    CDEN 705Intro to ProfessionalismMitchell, M
    CDEN 750History of DentistryClarke
    DEN 730Intro to Comp Care IKent
    OD711Diagnostic Process IGold

    Year 1: Fall

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    AN 713General HistologyDanilchik
    CDEN 701Clinical Scientific InquirySakaguchi/Schwartz
    CDEN 711Public Health & Preventive DentistryPlunkett
    DEN 730Intro to Comprehensive Care IMorita
    DM 711Introduction to Dental MaterialsPfeifer
    IB 701Biophys IMachida
    REST 700Dental Anatomy Lecture/LabBrunner
    REST 711Restorative IPatterson

    Year 1: Winter

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    AN 712Head & Neck Neuro-Anatomy IMatsumoto
    CDEN 712Public Health & Preventive Dent IISchwarz
    DEN 730Intro to Comprehensive Care IMorita
    DM 712Intro to Dental Materials IIFerracane
    IB 702Biophys IIMachida
    PER 711Introduction to PeriodontologyScheines
    PER 712Periodontal Instrumentation ICox
    REST 701Occlusion IBroyles
    REST 712Restorative IIPatterson
    RO 712Principles of Oral RadiologyBarnett
    RO 715Oral Radiographic Technique Lecture/LabBarnett

    Year 1: Spring

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    AN 715Oral HistologyKent
    DEN 730Intro to Comprehensive Care IMorita
    DM 713Intro to Dental Materials IIIFerracane
    IB 703Biophys IIIMachida
    OP 713Operative Technique Lecture/Lab ICarlascio
    PER 713Periodontal Instrumentation IICox
    REST 713Restorative IIIPatterson

    Year 2: Summer

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    DEN 740Intro to Comprehensive Care IVMorita
    MB 721Microbiology and ImmunologyMaier
    REST 708Direct Restorations IIda Costa
    REST 709Indirect Restorations IIFellows

    Year 2: Fall

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    DEN 740Intro to Comprehensive Care IVMorita
    MB 722Pathogenic and Oral MicrobiologyMaier
    OPTH 721Basic Disease ProcessesStewart, J.
    OS 725Pain & Anxiety Control: LABenson
    PER 720Principles of PeriodontologySehgal
    PER 721Nonsurgical Periodontics ICox
    PHC 721PharmacodynamicsShearer
    REST 710Indirect Restorations IIIMacedo
    REST 711Indirect Restorations IVFellows
    REST 712Prosthetic Dentistry ILaughlin
    RO 723Extraoral Radiography & InterpretationGonzales

    Year 2: Winter

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 700Health PromotionKohli/Schwarz
    DEN 740Intro to Comprehensive Care IVMorita
    ENDO 723Endodontic Principles and Practice IWhitten
    ENDO 724Endo Technique LabBarker
    OPTH 727Pathology of the SystemsStewart, J.
    ORD 722Facial GrowthCovell
    PER 721Nonsurgical Periodontics ICox
    PER 730Applied PeriodontologyCarter
    REST 713Prosthetic Dentistry IILaughlin/Cymorek
    REST 714Introduction to Implant DentistryTaylor
    REST 715Restorative Treatment Ida Costa/Morita
    REST 720Sim Clinic CompetencyCarlascio

    Year 2: Spring

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 730Health Related BehaviorBeck
    DEN 740Intro to Comprehensive Care IVMorita
    ENDO 724Endodontic Technique LabBarker
    PER 721Nonsurgical PeriodonticsCox
    PER 723Periodontal SurgerySehgal
    REST 716Restorative Treatment IIda Costa/Morita
    REST 717Restorative Treatment IIIMacedo
    REST 718 Restorative Treatment IVPatterson/Taylor
    REST 719 Restorative Treatment VLaughlin/Cymorek

    Year 3: Summer

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 723Geriatrics in Oral HealthKohli/Schwarz
    DEN 754Comprehensive Care IMorita
    ENDO 730Endodontic Clinic IWhitten
    OS 730OMFS Rotation ISmith, J.A.
    OS 732Pain Control: Nitrous & SedationSmith, J.A.
    PEDO 725Pediatric Dentistry TechniqueEngle
    PER 731Periodontology Clinic IKatancik
    PROS 731Advanced Topics in Prosthodontics IPunj
    REST 722CAD/CAM TechnologyHilton
    REST 740Restorative Dentistry Clinic IMalloy

    Year 3: Fall

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 732Introduction to the Dental PracticePersichetti
    DEN 754Comprehensive Care IMorita
    DM 731Applied Dental MaterialsFerracane
    ENDO 730Endodontic Clinic IWhitten
    ENDO 733Endodontology Principles and Practice IIWhitten
    OPTH 731Oral Pathology IIStewart, J.
    OS 722Introduction to Oral SurgeryHughes
    OS 730OMFS Rotation ISmith, J.A.
    PEDO 721Pediatric Dentistry I – PrinciplesGrabowsky
    PEDO 731Pediatric Dentistry Clinic IEngle
    PER 731Periodontology Clinic IKatancik
    PROS 732Advanced Topics in Prosthodontics IIPunj
    REST 740Restorative Dentistry Clinic IMalloy

    Year 3: Winter

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 741Practice TransitionsPersichetti
    DEN 754Comp Care IMorita
    ENDO 730Endodontic Clinic IWhitten
    OPTH 732Oral Pathology IIIStewart, J.
    ORD 732Orthodontics IICrowe
    OS 700Medical EmergenciesAuzins
    OS 730OMFS Rotation ISmith, J.A.
    OS 731Oral Surgery IEngelstad
    PEDO 731Pediatric Dentistry Clinic IEngle
    PEDO 740Pediatric Dentistry II – Adv. Treatment ConceptsEngle/Grabowsky
    PER 731Periodontology Clinic IKatancik
    PROS 733Advanced Topics in Prosthodontics IIIMalloy
    REST 740Restorative Dentistry Clinic IMalloy

    Year 3: Spring

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 733Risk Management & Dental JurisprudencePersichetti
    DEN 755Comp Care IIMorita
    ENDO 731Endodontic Clinic IIWhitten
    OPTH 733Oral Pathology IVStewart, J.
    OS 701Dental Management of Medically Complicated PatientsSmith, J.A.
    OS 730OMFS Rotation ISmith, J.A.
    OS 733Advanced Oral SurgeryHughes
    PEDO 732Pediatric Dentistry Clinic IIEngle
    PEDO 745Pediatric Dentistry III – Special NeedsGrabowsky
    PER 732Periodontology Clinic IIKatancik
    PHC 722Applied PharmacologyShearer
    REST 741Restorative Dentistry Clinic IIMalloy

    Year 3: Clinical Rotations

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    RO 730Oral Radiology RotationGonzalez

    Year 4: Summer

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    DEN 756Comprehensive Care IIIMorita
    ENDO 740Endodontic Clinic IIIWhitten
    PEDO 741Pediatric Dentistry ClinicEngle
    PER 741Periodontology Clinic IIIKatancik
    REST 742Restorative Dentistry Clinic IIIMalloy

    Year 4: Fall

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 702Ethics in DentistryBeemsterboer
    CDEN 742Dental Practice OperationsPersichetti
    DEN 756Comp Care IIIMorita
    ENDO 740Endodontic Clinic IIIWhitten
    ENDO 743Endodontic Principles and Practice IIISvec
    OS 733Advanced Oral SurgeryEngelstad
    PEDO 741Pediatric Dentistry Clinic IIIEngle
    PER 741Periodontology Clinic IIIKatancik
    REST 742Restorative Dentistry Clinic IIIMalloy

    Year 4: Winter

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 743Dental Practice OptionsPersichetti
    DEN 757Comp Care IVMorita
    ENDO 741Endodontic Clinic IVWhitten
    PEDO 742Pediatric Dentistry Clinic IVEngle
    PER 742Periodontology Clinic IVKatancik
    REST 743Restorative Dentistry Clinic IVMalloy

    Year 4: Spring

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    DEN 758Comprehensive Care VMorita
    ENDO 742Endodontic Clinic VWhitten
    PEDO 743Pediatric Dentistry Clinic VEngle
    PER 743Periodontology Clinic VKatancik/Carter
    REST 744Restorative Dentistry Clinic VMalloy

    Year 4: Clinic Rotations

    Course #Course TitleDirector
    CDEN 740Community Dentistry RotationMason
    ORD 743Orthodontic RotationCrowe
    OS 740Oral Surgery Rotation IISmith, J.A.



    A. Optimize and integrate missions

    1. Environment: Integrate academic, clinical, community and research missions (internal)
    2. Evidence and synergies: Promote the use of evidence in all missions
    3. Innovation and excellence: Develop leaders and champions in all missions
    4. Growth: Increase collaboration with the university and external partners

    B. Provide an exceptional educational experience

    1. Environment: Create a stimulating interprofessional learning and care environment
    2. Evidence and synergies: Emphasize evidence and integrative thinking for educational excellence
    3. Innovation and excellence: Provide scope of clinical experiences to ensure competence and future mastery
    4. Growth: Expand experiences in managing care for special needs patients

    C. Provide an outstanding patient experience

    1. Environment: Provide high quality, individualized and patient-focused care
    2. Evidence and synergies: Incorporate current clinical techniques and technologies appropriately
    3. Innovation and excellence: Improve efficiency and excellence in service
    4. Growth: Contribute to access to care solutions

    D. Promote a community of scholarship

    1. Environment: Establish a system of training, development and mentorship
    2. Evidence and synergies: Contribute to the body of evidence
    3. Innovation and excellence: Promote innovation and entrepreneurship
    4. Growth: Expand clinical and translational research

    E. Develop and diversity sustainable funding

    1. Environment: Form new partnerships and financial models
    2. Evidence and synergies: Create synergies and efficiencies for optimal use of funds
    3. Innovation and excellence: Identify new and innovative development opportunities
    4. Growth: Evaluate potential expansion and addition of programs

    F. Develop an energized culture

    1. Environment: Develop a qualified, supportive, and diverse learning community
    2. Evidence and synergies: Maintain a culture of collegiality and respect
    3. Innovation and excellence: Create a community of effective faculty and staff
    4. Growth: Increase our contribution to the public good