About UK Dentistry

Founded in 1962, the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding dental institutions.

The college has a national and international reputation for its dynamic and innovative approaches to dental education. Doctoral and postdoctoral student dentists are treated with respect and as colleagues. The University of Kentucky emphasizes an environment of collegiality between faculty and students to create a unique educational setting that promotes learning. The college is committed to providing its students with superior programs that prepare them to deliver competent care to patients throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.

Two departments and twelve divisions make up the college. In addition to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, the college offers postdoctoral programs in six fields of study: General Practice Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, and Periodontics. Graduate students in Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, and Periodontics receive a Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky Graduate School and a specialty certificate. All seven programs hold current and full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

In addition to a variety of Continuing Education (CE) options, UKCD also offers the following: externships in Craniofacial Genetics and Oral Medicine, and a 6-month Dental Assisting Training

UK Dentistry Mission 

Mission: Through leadership in education, patient care, discovery, and community engagement, we aim to advance oral and general health in Kentucky and beyond. We are committed to cultivating a humanistic environment that appreciates and respects the diversity of thought, culture, and experiences of all members of our community.

Vision: Be the No. 1 College of Dentistry. 

View the college's 2016-2020 strategic plan (PDF).

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