What is dentistry?

Dentistry (or odontology) is the medical profession concerned with the study, treatment, and maintenance of healthy teeth.

What should I look for in an online dental school?

The best online dental schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online dental schools based on:

  • The school's name and status
  • The school's history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network

In choosing the best online dental school for you, you should consider the following factors:

  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online dental programs are available?

The following levels of dental degree online programs are available:

  • Online Dental Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Dentistry
  • Online Bachelor in Dentistry
  • Online Masters in Dentistry
  • Online PhD in Dentistry

How long does it take to get an online dental degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online dental degree depends on the level of dental degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Dental Certification Programs - 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Dental Associates Degree - 2 years
  • Online Dental Bachelor Degree - 4 years
  • Online Dental Masters - 2 years
  • Online Dental PhD - 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online dental courses?

A top online dental degree program will focus on both physical anatomy in general and oral anatomy in more depth. Some courses could include the following:

  • Oral Health Education

    This course introduces students to the principles of oral hygiene and the different techniques used in oral health education of patients.

  • Ethics and Practice Management

    Students in this course learn the professional ethical guidelines and legal regulations by which dentists are bound and their application to operating a clinical practice.

  • Clinical Dental Hygiene

    This is a hands-on course that provides students with entry-level practical knowledge of dental assessment, oral examination, x-rays, and performing prophylaxis in a supervised setting.

  • Radiology

    This course introduces students to the history, safety guidelines, and practical use of x-ray equipment.

  • Head and Neck Anatomy

    Students in this course cover the gross anatomical structure and function of the head and neck, recognition of these structures, and the ability to relate this information to clinical practice.

What areas of dental specialization are available?

Concentrations in online dental degree programs focus on various specialized practices that could include the following:

  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Dental Pathology

What can I do with a dental degree?

A dental degree from an accredited online school can open the door to a career as a professional in the dental field in a wide variety of ways depending upon the level of education desired. Possible occupations include:

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Orthodontist
  • Dental Radiologist

What is a dentist?

Dentists are doctors specializing in treating teeth.

What does a dentist do?

Dentists work in or operate a practice where they will offer general dental care. Common services include regular dental cleanings and routine examinations, drilling of cavities and installation of fillings, and when necessary more serious procedures like root canals, removing teeth, and installing dental implants to replace missing teeth.

How much does a dentist earn?

Dentists earn an average annual salary of $156,850. Job growth is expected at a rate faster than the average. This growth rate is due in large part to people retaining natural teeth longer, population growth, and a greater public emphasis on preventative care.

How do I become a dentist?

Students interested in how to become a dentist must keep in mind that dentistry requires the completion of graduate education at an accredited dental school. Admission to a dental degree program requires a heavy background in science and mathematics. After earning a doctoral dental degree, graduates must become officially licensed in order to practice.

Dental Schools (Campus)

SchoolCertificateAssociatesBachelorsMastersPhD
Ohio State University-Main Campus
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210
http://www.osu.edu
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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
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University of Florida
355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL, 32611
http://www.ufl.edu/
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New York University
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY, 10012
http://www.nyu.edu
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
http://www.umich.edu
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University of California-Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
http://www.ucla.edu/
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Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA, 23284
http://www.vcu.edu/
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Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA, 2215
http://www.bu.edu
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Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
http://www.iupui.edu
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The University of Tennessee
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN, 37996
http://www.tennessee.edu
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Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33314
http://www.nova.edu
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University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA, 52242
http://www.uiowa.edu
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599
http://www.unc.edu
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West Virginia University
Stewart Hall University Avenue
Morgantown, WV, 26506
http://www.wvu.edu/
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University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14214
http://www.buffalo.edu
X
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
http://www.pitt.edu
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University of Kentucky
175 Funkhouser Dr
Lexington, KY, 40506
http://www.uky.edu
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Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC, 20002
http://www.gwu.edu
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University of Connecticut
115 N Eagleville RD
Storrs, CT, 6269
http://www.uconn.edu
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Columbia University in the City of New York
116 St and Broadway
New York, NY, 10027
http://www.columbia.edu
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University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH, 43606
http://www.utoledo.edu/
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University of Louisville
2301 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY, 40292
http://www.louisville.edu
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Northwestern University
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL, 60208
http://www.northwestern.edu
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University of Alabama at Birmingham
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL, 35294
http://www.uab.edu
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Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson
Valdosta, GA, 31698
http://www.valdosta.edu
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Marquette University
615 N 11th St
Milwaukee, WI, 53233
http://www.marquette.edu
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Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
http://www.minneapolis.edu
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Tufts University
38 Professors Row
Medford, MA, 2155
http://www.tufts.edu
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University of Rochester
203 Wallis Hall
Rochester, NY, 14627
http://www.rochester.edu
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Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA, 1606
http://www.qcc.edu
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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA, 95211
http://www.pacific.edu
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University of Maryland-Baltimore
520 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
http://www.umaryland.edu
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University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen Street Room 1441
Newark, NJ, 7101
http://www.umdnj.edu
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University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI, 48221
http://www.udmercy.edu
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Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA, 98405
http://www.bates.ctc.edu/
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Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, MI, 48150
http://www.madonna.edu
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Davis Applied Technology College
550 E 300 S
Kaysville, UT, 84037
http://www.datc.edu
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
7000 Fannin
Houston, TX, 77030
http://www.uthouston.edu/
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University of Nebraska Medical Center
987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE, 68198
http://www.unmc.edu
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr
San Antonio, TX, 78229
http://www.uthscsa.edu
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Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR, 97116
http://www.pacificu.edu
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Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY, 12550
http://www.msmc.edu
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Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans
433 Bolivar St
New Orleans, LA, 70112
http://www.lsuhsc.edu/
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Emily Griffith Opportunity School
1250 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80204
http://www.egos-school.com
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Huertas Junior College
#41 Hector R Bunker St
Upper Allen Township, PR, 725
http://www.huertas.edu
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Pima Medical Institute
7475 Dakin St Suite 100
Denver, CO, 80221
http://www.pmi.edu
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National Institute of Technology
2545 Bailey Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44221
http://nationalinstituteoftechnology.edu
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Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs
3770 Citadel Drive North
Colorado Springs, CO, 80909
http://www.pmi.edu
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Mountainland Applied Technology College
987 S Geneva Rd
Orem, UT, 84058
http://www.mlatc.edu
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Somerset County Technology Institute
14 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater Township, NJ, 8807
http://www.scti.org
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Mayo Graduate School
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN, 55905
http://www.mayo.edu/mgs/index.html
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Accelerated Dental Assisting School of America
602 Main St Ste 315
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
http://www.ADASAcinti.com
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