Dental Admissions Committee Missions Statement

The Dental Admissions Committee strives to admit qualified culturally diverse individuals who:

  1. embody the necessary attributes of exemplary character and integrity to meet the challenge of becoming a competent dental professional and
  2. will be dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate, high quality oral health care to diverse patient populations in West Virginia, the nation, and beyond.

Upon admission and prior to beginning classes, students participate in three days of orientation events, meetings and training sessions. The process is concluded with a formal Professionalism Assembly where students sign their commitment to the Dental Student Pledge of Professionalism.

Dental Student Pledge of Professionalism

As a student dentist at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, I pledge to conduct myself in a professional, ethical, and courteous manner at all times, both in and out of school; to adhere to the high standards of the dental profession set forth in the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct; to embrace diversity; to maintain a professional appearance; and to impart the virtues of integrity, honesty, fairness, and compassion.  I further pledge to respect all patients, faculty, staff, and student colleagues.  

As a dentist in training, I pledge to honestly acquire the knowledge and skills required to fulfill the educational competencies of the dental curriculum.  I shall strive during my professional education and career to preserve the trust and well-being of my patients by placing their needs ahead of my own. I shall dedicate myself to lifelong learning for the welfare of others.