Which North Carolina Schools Offer Dental Programs?

Learn about dentistry classes in North Carolina. See degree and specialization options, program requirements and classes, and get current tuition information for the region. Schools offering Dental Assisting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

There are a couple of public institutions in North Carolina where students can pursue a degree in the field of dentistry. Learn about the undergraduate and graduate level options, and read about each school and program.

What You Need to Know

You can study dentistry at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels at 4-year, public universities in North Carolina. If you study full time, you might earn a bachelor's or doctoral degree in 4 years, and a master's degree could require 2-3 years of study. For more specific information on schools in North Carolina that offer dental programs, continue reading.

Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Degree Program in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC's dental hygiene degree program is offered through the School of Dentistry and is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Through the program, you'll examine concepts in ethics and periodontics. If you already have an associate's degree or a certificate in dental hygiene, you can take advantage of the school's Degree Completion in Dental Hygiene Program to earn a Bachelor of Science. Additionally, the school offers a certificate program in dental hygiene.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Program Length: 4 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,591 per year for in-state students and $33,673 per year for out-of-state students (for 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisite courses
  • Requirements: Tuberculosis skin test, positive Varicella titer, hepatitis immunization
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 29,135 students (18,350 undergraduate)

Dental Hygiene Master's Degree Program in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC's dental hygiene master's degree program emphasizes administration, leadership and research and can prepare you for a teaching, management or research career in dental hygiene. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes courses through the university's dentistry, education and public health schools. Several minors are available, including biological sciences, clinical education, dental radiology, management/administration and oral pathology.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Program Length: 22 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $11,074 per year for in-state students and $28,285 per year for out-of-state students (for 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Requirements: Dental hygienist licensure, passing score on National Dental Hygiene Board Examination, 3 letters of recommendation, background check
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 29,135 students (18,350 undergraduate)

Dentistry Master's Degree Program in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The School of Dentistry offers eight postdoctoral master's programs in dentistry that lead to a Master of Science and a specialty certificate. Admission to these programs is competitive, with some of them admitting as few as 3 students per year.

  • Program Name: Master of Science
  • Fields of Study: Endodontics, operative dentistry, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, prosthodontics
  • Program Length: 2-3 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $11,074 per year for in-state students and $28,285 per year for out-of-state students (for 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisites: DMD, DDS or equivalent degree
  • Admission Requirements: Vary by program, but typically include a statement of purpose, a resume or curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, 3 professional evaluations and National Dental Board Scores (Part I)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 29,135 students (18,350 undergraduate)

DDS and DMD Programs in North Carolina

East Carolina University

The Doctor of Dental Medicine program, which is offered through the School of Dental Medicine, is a newly established degree offering at the university. The first class was admitted in 2011, and as of 2016, enrollment was limited to in-state students. The school also offers residency programs in general dental practice and advanced general dentistry.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $34,049 (for 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisites: Must have a bachelor's degree and complete required undergraduate prerequisite coursework
  • Requirements: Competitive Dental Admission Test (DAT) score
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 27,511 students (22,252 undergraduate)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The 4-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program includes classroom instruction and clinical rotations. Classes you'll take as part of the program include surgery, biochemistry and pathology. The clinical portion of the curriculum explores endodontics, surgery, general dentistry and radiology. You'll also examine concepts in patient management. In addition to the DDS program, you can complete a Ph.D. in Oral Biology or Oral Epidemiology at UNC.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: $39,507 per year for in-state students and $65,620 per year for out-of-state students (2016)
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisite coursework
  • Requirements: 3 letters of recommendation, DAT scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 29,135 students (18,350 undergraduate)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers the most options to students wishing to pursue education in dentistry in North Carolina with bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, while East Carolina University also offers a Doctor of Dental Medicine.

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