The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry combines clinical studies, research opportunities and community service projects to provide a professional education in several fields of dentistry. The only dental school in the Chicago metropolitan area, UIC's College of Dentistry prepares its dental students to provide the best in patient care.
If you're looking to become a dentist, UIC's dental school offers several courses of study. Dental students can obtain one of the following degrees:
Doctor of Dental Surgery -- The UIC College of Dentistry offers a 4-year program for students looking to practice as general dentists. Students who graduate from this program will be able to display the title of "DDS" after their name.
International Dentist Degree Program -- For dentists trained outside of the U.S., UIC offers a 2-year intensive program to prepare them for their license exams. After completion of the program, students will also receive a DDS degree.
PhD in Oral Sciences -- Research-oriented graduate studies prepare students for careers in several biomedical fields pertaining to oral health and diseases.
Dental Specialties -- Upon completion of the DDS program, dentists may opt to continue their studies as specialists. UIC offers certificates to dental specialists who successfully complete their respective programs:
- Endodontists (root canal therapy)
- Oral Surgeon (oral surgery, including wisdom teeth extractions)
- Orthodontist (dental braces)
- Pediatric Dentist (children specialist, or "kid dentist")
- Periodontist (gum disease treatment)
- Prosthodontist (restoring and replacing teeth)
The UIC College of Dentistry's facilities include two research centers, and the college offers an academic center, tutors and a mentor program for student help. Continuing education classes are also available for professional dentists interested in learning new techniques.