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 students 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.

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). See a listing of both departments and all divisions here.

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: Advancements in patient care, education, research, and community engagement, for the benefit of Kentuckians and beyond, are made possible by our college’s scientifically oriented, technically capable, and culturally sensitive oral health team.

Vision: Be a model for oral health education, discovery, and service as our innovations advance the practice of dentistry. 

View more information on the college's plan here.

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