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Dentistry

It is the mission of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry to promote a learning environment that addresses the present and future oral health needs of the citizens of West Virginia and beyond by providing an oral health center committed to excellence and innovation in education, patient care, community service, research and technology.

The WVU School of Dentistry is the state's only dental school. Over 80% of West Virginia dentists are graduates of our DDS program. Many of the faculty and graduates are recognized leaders in dental education and organized dentistry.

A Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree is offered for students who wish to become dentists. To provide students in Dentistry with the necessary clinical experience, the School of Dentistry maintains and operates dental clinics in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Career Profile

Over 80% of dentists are general practitioners while about 20% are
dental specialists who limit their practices to one of the nine recognized dental specialty areas.

Teaching, dental research, and dental industry comprise additional rewarding career options for both general practitioners and dental specialists

Dentists also work in public health agencies, hospitals, the military and other settings.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process at:

http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/doctor-of-dental-surgery/dds-admit/

AADSAS application is available online beginning in June at www.adea.org.

Program Application Test Requirements

All applicants must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

​November 1

Fall Deadline

​November 1

Spring Deadline

​Do Not Admit

Summer Deadline

Do Not Admit​

Salary Range

$153,900

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

West Virginia University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, all academic programs within the School of Dentistry earned full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation at their site-visit in 2016. The School will undergo its next site visit by this specialized accrediting agency in April of 2023.

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