DMD Program

A male and a female dental student treat a reclining patient in the U N E Oral Health CenterAs a student in the UNE College of Dental Medicine’s DMD program, you receive a dental education that is current, comprehensive and innovative. Our curriculum is grounded in the latest principles of evidence-based dentistry, and content is delivered through a wide variety of engaging and effective didactic methodologies.

Some key features of our curriculum include:

  • Sequenced courses and an emphasis on theory integration across classroom, laboratory and clinical settings, all of which promote the acquisition of knowledge and skills that build upon one another.
  • Immediate development of hands-on clinical simulation skills using state-of the-art instruments and equipment.
  • Student learning experiences—including team-based learning—that enhance your ability to work collaboratively with other members of the dental practice.
  • A strong emphasis on the biomedical sciences and principles of clinical medicine through the integrated study of human systems.
  • Early direct patient care experiences in our Oral Health Center’s Comprehensive Care Clinic.
  • The opportunity for you to learn alongside students in other health professions.

Our comprehensive group practice model features groups of practicing “dental associates,” who are students at all stages of their education. Faculty mentors help you and your group manage your practice efficiently and effectively, resulting in exceptionally valuable clinical experiences for you, top-quality oral health care for patients, and your development of competency in all aspects of clinical care.

The College of Dental Medicine also offers a unique community-based education program, which begins with service learning and public health coursework during your first three years at the College and culminates with extensive clinical rotations in your fourth year. You directly contribute to our mission of improving the health of Northern New England by practicing the full scope of general dentistry at a network of sites throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Your community-based faculty preceptors are trained and calibrated to provide mentorship and supervision while you continue your development as a dental professional who is capable of delivering patient-centered comprehensive care in a variety of settings.   

​To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.