Doctor of Dental Surgery
Becoming a dentist provides an opportunity to make huge differences in the health and well-being of others. The oral health care rendered by dentists is often profoundly transformative. Dentistry allows one to strike a balance in one’s professional and personal live while also contributing to the community’s health and blending your love of science and artistic talents.
In the WVU School of Dentistry, a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree is offered for students who wish to become dentists. High school students who are interested in pursuing a D.D.S. should enroll in a college preparatory program that includes courses in biology, chemistry, higher mathematics, and physics. Majoring in a specific science in college is not required to achieve admission to and graduate from dental school. However, successful dental school applicants must have a strong background in science courses and many of them major in biology or chemistry as undergraduates. Regardless of the course of study you choose, all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed. A minimum of 90 semester credit hours are required at the time of application. Of all admitted dental students, approximately 95 percent earn a college degree before entering dental school.
The School of Dentistry is West Virginia’s only dental school. Located in Morgantown, WV, a vibrant community of 30,000 which has been nationally recognized as number one small city and best places to work, the School is part of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center along with the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. This dynamic environment fosters interprofessional education, service, and scholarly experiences.
It is West Virginia’s only dental school. Over 80% of the State’s dentists are graduates of our program. Many of the faculty and graduates are recognized leaders in dental education and organized dentistry.