Program Overview

As a student in the UNE College of Dental Medicine’s D.M.D. 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.

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.
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I talk to friends in programs at other schools, and they haven’t even done the basics. I’m over here doing endo, full-mouth extraction, rehabilitation cases, and oral surgery.
Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

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Experiential Learning

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.

To learn more about our Accelerated 3-4 Option Medical Biology-Dental Medicine track for pre-dental students, see the Medical Biology (Medical Sciences) Curriculum.


Oral Health Center

The Oral Health Center is the clinical home of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine's teaching clinic and dental simulation facility and provides space for UNE to explore new models of interprofessional health care education and practice. The College began seeing patients in 2014. At least 15,000–17,000 patients are seen by the practice annually. Dental students and dental hygiene students will deliver patient care under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty and staff in a team-oriented approach to meeting the health care needs of our patients.

The College of Dental Medicine provides approximately 12,000-15,000 patient visits per year in the Oral Health Center and an additional 20,000-25,000 visits per year in the community-based network.

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