Are you interested in becoming a part of a vibrant, growing dental medicine program? Do you want to help improve quality of life for others?

Once you are admitted as a pre-doctoral dental student, you will find yourself among faculty and students who encourage your success every step of the way. The program offers an environment in which collaboration, creativity, diversity, and professionalism are embraced. Our innovative curriculum will help you gain in depth understanding of the connection between oral health and overall well being. Your study integrates classroom experience, group problem solving via collaborative networking, acquiring clinical skills, and beginning clinical practice of dental medicine. You will have boundless opportunities for involvement in community service and outreach.

Dental school is a four-year commitment. For the first three years of the program, you will find yourself attending classes, labs and clinics in Ledyard E. Ross Hall, the School of Dental Medicine's state-of-the-art building on ECU's Health Sciences Campus. Ross Hall offers the latest in educational technology, patient care simulation, patient care clinics, and video teleconferencing. During your second year, you will begin the clinical phase of your education gaining hands-on experience providing care for patients from the surrounding area. You will continue to develop your patient care skills throughout your third year, and you will learn how to be a leader of the dental team.

During your fourth year, you will have the opportunity to provide patient care as you work alongside dental faculty, residents, and other professionals in our community service learning centers across North Carolina. You will also learn more about the communities where you will be working and how to effectively manage a dental practice. You will play an important role in reaching out to the communities, promoting oral health and encouraging younger people to consider dental medicine as a profession.

ECU Advantage

The School of Dental Medicine is at the forefront of improving the health and quality of life of all North Carolinians. Not only can the school offer you state-of-the-art facilities on campus, we can also offer you the experience of treating patients in community-based dental centers in rural areas across the state; a model unique in North Carolina and the U.S.

Apple Corporation named the School of Dental Medicine an Apple Distinguished Program because of the innovative implementation of technology in all aspects of our didactic, problem-solving, and clinical education. As a student, you will benefit from video teleconferencing in 31 rooms and clinical spaces in our facility on campus and with faculty dentists and residents in community service learning centers across North Carolina. At all levels, you will find an environment where collaboration is emphasized for best patient outcomes. You will play an integral role in improving oral health in North Carolina.

What You Will Study

For more information on the curriculum for this degree, please visit http://www.ecu.edu/dentistry/ .

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Dentistry (DMD)
  • Dentists
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education and Training
  • Dentistry (DMD)

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.