D.M.D. Program

D.M.D. Program

Rich history of dental education

The DMD program at the University of Louisville is a 4-year program which focuses on educating students to demonstrate the academic, cultural, social and personal abilities necessary for competent general dentists who will serve the community and help fulfill the School’s urban and statewide missions. The School was founded in 1887 and with the commencement exercises of the DMD Class of 2015, a total of 129 classes of DMD students have graduated from ULSD.

The program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. View all School of Dentistry accreditation information.

School's values held strongly by ULSD faculty, staff and administration

ULSD Student Body

The ULSD Student Body is a robust blend of students from a variety of backgrounds. While many sub-groups of the population are included in each class, the percentages by gender, race, ethnicity, age, colleges attended and home states will vary from year to year.

Both cognitive and technical skills are required to successfully negotiate the curriculum.  With this in mind, applicants must be able to meet the minimum technical standards [PDF] for admission and matriculation with or without accommodation.

Although the characteristics of a given class change from year to year, the information below depicts the profiles of entering classes for the last five years.

Entering ClassOverall GPAScience GPADAT Acad AverDAT PATDAT BiolDAT ReadingDAT Tot SciClass Size


Supportive Environment

ASC, study groups, no-fee tutoring, big brother/big sister, cultural competency, student representatives communicate with course directors

  • An Academic Support Counselor is proactive in assisting students with academic and personal issues
  • Study groups and tutoring are available by request
  • Students share study guides and are encouraged to seek tutoring as needed or recommended by faculty
  • Cultural competency and inclusion are promoted by activities such as “Book in Common” and Cultural Competency Day events.

State of the Art Learning Facility

  • $45 Million Invested to renovate and renew the infrastructure of the building and provide state-of-the-art clinics and classrooms to ULSD was completed in Fall 2011.
  • ULSD is on the cutting edge of technology.  The ULSD became one of the first dental organizations to take radiographic images with digital sensors and upload those images to thin clients.
  • A computer training lab connected to Dental Informatics includes 14 student stations and an instructor station.
  • Each of ULSD's approximately 250 dental chairs has dedicated terminals providing direct access to axiUm, MiPACS and Dolphin Imaging.
  • With technologies such as electronic signature capture pads, ULSD has adopted digital, paperless environment.
  • During ULSD's renovation, all lecture classrooms received A/V upgrades making teaching capabilities state-of-the-art.
  • Many course lectures uploaded to Tegrity, making lectures available 24/7
  • ITERO and EKTON digital scanners are used in clinical practice settings
  • CT –Cone Beam Scanning

Academic excellence from start to finish!

Student learning outcomes, board pass rates and graduation rates.

  • Excellent educationally prepared students with average GPA’s of 3.5 and average academic DAT scores of 19.
  • ULSD student performance on the 2013 NBDE pass rates was 95.7% for Part I and 93.6% for Part II


Diversity is evident in the composition of the classes with an average of more than 10% of students coming from underrepresented populations, average age of 24 ranging from 21-42, and students coming from more than 20 states and several other countries. The University of Louisville School of Dentistry gives equal opportunity without regard to race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicaps or disabilities, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or other factors, prohibited by law. The university, when appropriate, provides reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals upon request.

Pre-dental Summer Academic Enrichment Programs - PEPP, SMDEP (one of 12 programs in the US-partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and the MCAT/DAT Workshop, GEAR UP Health Sciences Summer Academy, LASDA Introduction to Dentistry Workshop

Student Life

ULSD is student centered and supports student life:

  • Big brother/big sister mentoring program
  • 10 registered student organizations: ADEA, Alpha Omega, CMDA, HSDA, LASDA, Psi Omega, SADHA, SNDA, SPEA, Tau Sigma
    • ULSD provides funding for ASDA membership
    • ULSD funds travel to national conferences

Modern Learning Support Systems

  • Large simulation clinic with state-of-the-art technology
  • "Standardized Patient" program places students face-to- face with trained “patients” to provide constructive feedback to them.
  • Kornhauser Library was newly renovated in 2014 to support web-based literary resources and small group study environments and 24 hour access.  The library is located on Health Sciences Center campus adjacent to the School of Dentistry and School of Medicine.

Exposure to six Dental Specialties, Dental Hygiene, GPR program, etc.

Research opportunities

  • MS Oral Biology degree program is an option for all DMD students at no additional tuition fee
  • DMD/PhD program is an option for those who plan to pursue academic or research careers
  • ULSD received over $6 million in the 2012-13 fiscal year
  • Dr. David Scott was recently funded by NIDCR to continue his research on the role of GSK in regulating inflammation, and Dr. Don Demuth received funding from NIDCR to study anti-bio-film compounds that target P. gingivalis.
  • Each year ULSD supports student presentations of summer research projects to a national audience at the IADR/AADR meeting.

Service Learning, community outreach and study abroad opportunities

  • International Service Learning in Belize and the Philippines
  • RAM service treatment project in Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, and Western Kentucky
  • Smile KY- a collaborative effort by the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville Dental Society, Louisville Water Company, corporate and civic entities provides free treatment at ULSD for elementary school students from the greater Louisville area
  • Extramural Rotations
  • Annual Freshman Halloween Project in Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Annual Oral Cancer Screenings at the Kentucky State Fair
  • Students rotate through pediatric dental facilities at Underwood and Lee Clinic and Home of the Innocents- local agencies where children with developmental disabilities are treated.
  • In Fall 2013, ULSD opened a dental clinic at Kosair Pediatrics on Eastern Parkway. The facility houses ULSD Pediatric residents and DMD students complete regular rotations in which they provide treatment to pediatric patients.
  • Student/Faculty Exchange and Trainee Program is being developed between ULSD and Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Krakow, Poland. Other sites are currently being explored.

Interprofessional Learning

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry collaborated with the School of Nursing to utilize the clinical skills of both disciplines to better identify and manage oral-systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Schools of Nursing and Dentistry received nearly $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support the project.

"The friendliest people in the world" - based on unbiased internal research. Faculty, staff and students who want to be here!

D-1 Early Start

July to allow students opportunity to acclimate to their new living and learning environments. Followed by a fun event like a cruise on the Belle of Louisville down the Ohio River on the oldest operating steamboat in the U.S.!

Structured communication system

Course representatives coordinate communication between class members and course directors, class officers provide leadership for events and governmental issues, student leadership meetings with administration are held regularly.

Want more information on how to become a ULSD student?

Also, if you are interested in our monthly information sessions, please view the schedule on the website.  The sessions typically take place between 9:30-12:30pm, and they include a tour as well as presentation, and Q&A.  The presentation includes information about the DMD program, the application process and living in Louisville.  You will need to register in advance, as space is limited.  You may contact our office at 502-852-5081 to register.  Information sessions are designed for first time applicants.  If you are already an applicant or have reapplied to our DMD program, please contact our office for further information.