Dental Health Info Article

Howard University College of Dentistry

Howard University College of Dentistry is one of the oldest dental schools in the United States ...

Located in the nation's capital, the Howard University College of Dentistry is one of the oldest dental schools in the United States. The program at HUCD combines education, research and service to produce some of the finest dental professionals in the world. Over the years, the College of Dentistry has graduated thousands of dentists who have gone on to establish practices and serve their communities throughout the U.S. and various countries.

The Howard University College of Dentistry has more than 100 faculty members to provide an extensive dental education for its students, preparing them as leaders in the field of dentistry.

The College of Dentistry has a diverse student body, having trained more African American students than any dental school in the United States. Howard University also offers an Academic Reinforcement Program for disadvantaged students to prepare them for entrance to the University. 

The Howard University College of Dentistry is committed to helping the underserved, having established community programs for the homeless, HIV patients and children. The College of Dentistry works with several minority AIDS organizations and community health centers and provides preventive and restorative services for local school children.

Dental Programs

The Howard University College of Dentistry offers a DDS, or Doctor of Dental Surgery, degree. The University also has a unique BS/DDS program, where students can combine both their undergraduate and dental school studies. Students enrolled in this program obtain both their Bachelor of Science and DDS degree in six years. The College also has several other distinguished dental programs:

Dental Specialties -- Howard University's College of Dentistry offers the following dental specialist certifications and Postdoctoral Programs:

Continuing Education -- With constant advancements in dental procedures and technology, dentistry is an ever-changing field. Classes in continuing education are offered for dental professionals looking to expand their knowledge and improve their skills.

RWJF Community-Based Dental Education -- During this externship program, college students interested in the dental profession spend the summer taking courses, shadowing dental students and participating in Time Management and Test Taking Skill workshops to prepare them for dental school.

Patient Care

Howard University's College of Dentistry has been providing dental care in its clinics since its inception in 1881. As part of the students' extensive training, dental treatments are practiced in the pre-doctoral, pediatric dentistry or orthodontic clinics under the supervision of the faculty. Post-graduate students perform general and specialty services, including oral surgery, in one of the clinics located at the College or at Howard University Hospital.

Like many dental schools, patient acceptance is based on the clinical teaching needs of the students and the University. Following the initial appointment and dental exam, patients are assigned to a student dentist for dental treatment. As a professional learning institution, Howard University's dental school provides a broad range of services on a fee-for-service basis.

If you're interested in applying to the Howard University College of Dentistry, contact the Office of Admissions. Further information regarding HUCD's school and programs can be found on their website, listed below. The Howard University College of Dentistry is located at:

Address:        Howard University 
                     College of Dentistry
                     600 W Street, N.W.
                     Washington, DC 20059

Phone:           202-806-0440