School of Dental Medicine
Prospective Students

Prospective Students

A Mission to Serve

The dental profession offers exciting opportunities for highly motivated individuals to serve others by improving their quality of life. At the ECU School of Dental Medicine, we offer rich and rewarding opportunities for students.

As our mission statement says, our school is addressing North Carolina’s shortage of dentists. Accordingly, admission to the dental program is limited to residents of the State of North Carolina

We are proud to recruit, admit, enroll and graduate talented individuals who reflect the diversity of today’s society and who will become leaders in their profession and in their communities. 

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Why ECU?

If you have a passion for improving the quality of life of North Carolinians, especially the underserved, the ECU School of Dental Medicine may be a great choice for you. 

As a pre-doctoral dental student, you will join faculty and students who encourage your success every step of the way. Our program embraces a humanistic culture in which collaboration, creativity, diversity, respect, and professionalism are essential. 


Our pre-doctoral program leads to a doctor of dental medicine degree (DMD). We also offer post-doctoral programs in advanced education in general dentistry, general practice residency, and pediatric dentistry.

First Things First

Your first step is to earn a college degree from a 4-year institution in the US or Canada. You can choose any major you wish, as long as you meet the course prerequisites for dental school. 

The Experience

Dental school is a four-year commitment. For the first three years of the program, you will attend classes, labs and clinics in Ledyard E. Ross Hall, our state-of-the-art facility on ECU’s Health Sciences Campus. Ross Hall offers the latest in educational technology, patient care simulation, patient care clinics, and teledentistry. 

During your second year, you will begin the clinical phase of your education gaining hands-on experience providing patient care. 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 play an important role in reaching out to the communities, promoting oral health and encouraging younger people to consider dental medicine as a profession.


As a new institution, the School of Dental Medicine has completed the requirements for initial accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dental Admission Test (DAT) News

The American Dental Association (ADA) has released the latest edition of the Dental Admission Test (DAT) Newsletter (Volume 5, Number 1).

Topics include:

  • Planned Changes to DAT for 2014
  • Fee Waiver Program Expansion
  • Real-Life Example of a Testing Regulation Violation
  • Five-Year Review of Testing Program: 2007-2012

  ECU SoDM Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program: June 4th - June 6th 2018  ECU-SoDM-PTD-Summer-Program_2