Average cost of four years of dental school
Public schools in 1969-70:
Average student debt
Number of dental students
16,555 Enrolled in the 1969-70 academic year
Class of 1990 graduates
Number of dental schools
Number of international dental graduates
admitted to U.S. dental schools
Gender breakdown of dentists pursuing
advanced dental education programs
Mean GPA of dental school applicants
National Board Dental Examinations
the results of the NBDE
Nonpatient-based dental licensure exam
In 2010, only Minnesota accepted the Canadian OSCE, a nonpatient-based dental licensure exam. It was only acceptable for University of Minnesota dental school graduates or Canadian dentists applying for licensure.
As of July 2021, 21 states and the District of Columbia accepted a manikin-based licensing examination.
Six states have also fully or partially adopted the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination, or DLOSCE, which utilizes 3D models to assess candidate’s clinical judgement and skills.
1999-2000 school year
total clock hours, an average of 4,860 per program.
ADA Library & Archives, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Education Association, CODA, Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, Council on Dental Education and Licensure.
Temple University dental students courtesy Dr. Jay Freedman, University of Oregon Dental School Historical Collections and Archives, Petrified Collection/Stockbyte/Getty Images, Sshepard/E+/Getty Images, Ancika/iStock/Getty Images Plus, zoranm/iStock/Getty Images Plus, werayuth/iStock/Getty Images Plus