Student Resources & Information

The UK College of Dentistry (UKCD) Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Program is a student-centered program. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring our students are successful by providing as much assistance, resources, and services as possible to help students complete their degrees with the skills and knowledge needed to practice as a highly competent dentist.

Support  services  for  dental  students,  from  pre-matriculation  through graduation,  are  provided  by  the  college's  Office  of  Academic and Student  Affairs. The office has an open door policy and staff are available to assist students. The office provides information relating to admissions, financial aid, student life, and services available to all students. 

UKCD Student Portal 

A variety of resources and information is available to current students via the UKCD Student Portal. Access the UKCD Student Portal here

Academic and Student Affairs Materials

Activate your MYUK Account and Email 

Open PDF instructions with images here.

NOTE: If you already have a UK email account, your account has most likely been moved from the "AD" domain to the "MC" domain, please skip to Step 9.

Step 1: In order to set up your UK Exchange email account, you will first need to go to the UK Account Manager at https://ukam.uky.edu. You will be prompted to login with a link blue User ID and password. This information can be found in the email you should have received from the registrar. The default password is u$ and the last six digits of your UK ID and the word blue. (For example, if your UK ID is 12345678, your default password would be u$345678blue.)

Step 2: Once successfully logged into the UK Account Manager you will see an overview summarizing what the Account Manager setup will provide you with once completed ‐ a new link blue password, link blue password self‐reset questions, your official University email address, and your desired email service. Students must use Exchange for all UK email and must NOT forward their email accounts to alternate email addresses. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, etc. are NOT HIPAA compliant. Additionally, a notification points out that you must complete the entire account manager setup and click the "Finish" button before you will be able to use your account. If at any time this process is interrupted or you quit before completing all the steps and clicking "Finish" all changes will be lost and you will have to start over again. Click "Next" to continue and begin the Account Manager Setup process. 

Step 3: Next, you will be prompted to create a new link blue password. This password will allow you to access all of the link blue portals ‐ i.e. myUK, wireless, download.uky.edu. You can view all of the requirements for a viable and secure password by clicking on "What are the rules for a link blue account's password." Your new password must be at least eight characters long, contain at least one number, one special character (i.e. !, $, #, @, or %), no names or words from the dictionary, and cannot contain three or more characters from the user's account name. 

Step 4: After successfully creating a new link blue password, the second step in the Account Manager Setup process is to create a set of Self‐Reset Questions. These questions will be used whenever you need to reset a forgotten password or if your password expires before you update it. Examples of good and bad security questions along with pointers on creating your own security questions can be viewed by clicking on "How do I make good Password Self‐Reset Questions." Additionally, the answers you provide for these security questions are not case sensitive. 

Step 5: The next step in the Account Manager Setup process is to determine what your official UK email address will be. An email address will be provided, but you have the option to alter the email address if you so choose. Once you are satisfied with your email address click "Next."  

NOTE: Once you have created your email address, DO NOT CHANGE IT.  If you do change it, any email sent to the previous email address will NOT go to your inbox. 

Step 6: After selecting your email address, the next page will give you the option to choose your email service. Your email service is UK Local Exchange. Do not select “Other mailbox.” If you do not get the screen with UK Local Exchange as an option, STOP.  Contact UKIT, tell them you are an incoming UKCD student and need to be on Exchange. You can reach the UKIT Help Desk at 859‐218‐4357.

Step 7: The following screen provides you with an overview of the entire Account Manager setup. At this point you have the option to make changes to any areas previously covered in the setup process. If you are satisfied with all of the account settings, simply click "Finish" and wait for the information to finish processing. Do not refresh the page during this time or you will have to being the entire Account Manager setup again. 

Step 8: After processing, you will receive this screen informing you of your account information once more. Now you have successfully completed the Account Manager Setup process and should have access to all your UK accounts and new email account through Exchange. 

Step 9: For students with existing UK email accounts: Login to the account manager. Note: UKCD Student LinkBlue accounts are moved from the "AD" domain to "MC" domain - when logging into the Outlook Web Access, you will most likely need to include the "MC\" domain in front of your LinkBlue ID. Verify that “email delivery location” is set to UK Local Exchange System. If UK Local Exchange is not set as the delivery location, click “change.” If you do not have "Exchange" as an option, you need to contact the helpdesk at 218-HELP and make them aware that you are an incoming UKCD student and do not have the option in the account manager.  Students must use Exchange for all internal communication.

Next,  to prevent issues that have been known to occur with your University Email Address once your account moves domains, you must click "change" next to "University Email Address" - you should then see your University Email Address populated in a textbox - You should not change it, but click "Submit Change" so that the University Email Address will continue to work properly within the MC domain.

Step 10: Once you choose the UK Local Exchange as your option , click on “submit change” button.

Step 11: At this point  you have activated your Link Blue account and set Exchange as your default delivery location for email. You can now login to your Outlook Web Access to verify. Outlook web access requires that you prefix your link blue user name with the domain. All students should have the domain “MC”. 

Step 12: Students who receive financial aid will receive all payments via direct deposit to a checking account. Whether or not you will receive any financial aid, ALL students MUST enter and maintain direct deposit information in MyUK. Log into MyUK. Go to MyInfo and then to Direct Deposit Info. 

Immunization & CPR Requirements 

These compliance requirements have been established to protect health care providers, as well as patients, during clinical encounters. These requirements reflect CDC guidelines and UK HealthCare policies. If you have a medical contraindication to any of the vaccine requirements, please provide University Health Services with documentation from your primary care provider. The College of Dentistry asks that all documentation be provided to UHS prior to matriculation. If you have questions about your immunizations, please contact UHS directly at 859-323-2778.

How to Submit: Provide your immunization documents (TB, MMR, etc.) by emailing to uhsmedicalrecords@uky.edu in PDF format with your last name and Dentistry in the subject line of the email (e.g. "Immunization Records for Smith - Dentistry"). 

Tuberculosis Screening: Incoming Health Science College students are required to complete a 2-step TB Skin Test* or 2-step equivalent (IGRA). ** This can be done at the facility of your choice. We ask this be done in July as it is a yearly requirement and should be current through the end of the academic year.
     
History of positive TB test or IGRA test? Provide documentation to UHS; must include date of reading in millimeters and chest x-ray.  If these records are unavailable, UHS requires a 2-step TB skin test or equivalent IGRA. Students with a positive PPD will participate in annual TB screening by answering a TB symptom questionnaire.

*2-step TB Skin Test: two (2) TB skin tests within one year
**IGRA: Blood test for TB 

MMR: Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola, and Mumps. One of the following may be used as documentation:

  • Two MMR vaccines with the first dose at 12 months of age or older;
  • Rubella, Rubeola, and Mumps disease diagnosed by healthcare provider*;
  • Documentation of protective Rubeola, Rubella, and Mumps titers

Varicella

  • Proof of immunity to varicella by one of the following: 
  • Chicken Pox or Shingles disease diagnosed by a healthcare provider*;
  • Positive antibody titer;
  • Documentation of two varicella vaccines with the first dose at 12 months of age or older

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis): Documentation of one dose of Tdap vaccine at age 11 or older. NOTE: Td (tetanus/diphtheria) vaccine is NOT the same as Tdap.

Hepatitis B: A series of three injections at recommended intervals. It is strongly recommended to check a Hepatitis B surface antibody (blood test) 4-8 weeks after dose # 3.

Seasonal Influenza: One dose of the seasonal influenza vaccine is required if a student is present in a UK HealthCare facility at least one day but required only during designated influenza season (October 1 – March 31)

CPR Certification: The College of Dentistry requires all incoming dental students be certified in an approved CPR training program prior to matriculation. CPR training can take place at any location that offers the Two-Year Certification-American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers, requiring both classroom time for hands on training and demonstration of skills. We would prefer you seek this certification in July, so it will be active through the end of your second year of the curriculum. Immunization documents are submitted to UHS and CPR certification (both front and back with signature) is submitted directly to Student Affairs. For your convenience, you may email this copy to Debbie Mattox (mattox@uky.edu) or fax to 859-257-5550. 
*Healthcare provider: MD, PA, or APRN

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