About The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
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About The College

Since its inception in 1971, the College has a tradition of educating and training its students to provide the highest quality of clinical care available. In addition to clinical excellence, the curriculum is designed to prepare well-rounded practitioners who can provide dental care in a variety of clinical settings.

In addition to a Doctor of Dental Surgery program, the College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. There are also graduate and residency programs in advanced general dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dentistry offers the opportunity to blend science, human relations and technical skills into a satisfying profession. If you are considering a career in dentistry, we invite you to carefully examine the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. The College is prepared to provide you with a dental education second to none.


In 1954, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents authorized the establishment of a college of dentistry to respond to the need of underserved areas of rural Oklahoma.

The founding dean, William E. Brown, D.D.S., was recruited in 1969 to initiate planning of the curriculum and facility. In 1972, the OU College of Dentistry officially opened its doors. The first dental hygiene class, comprised of 16 students, graduated in spring 1973. The first dental class, comprised of 24 students, graduated in spring 1976.

Today, the OU College of Dentistry has more than 140 full and part-time faculty; more than 130 full and part-time staff; 39 residents; 224 dental students and 92 dental hygiene students.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the UDean Cohlmianiversity of Oklahoma College of Dentistry! Whether you are a prospective student, eager to explore the dental profession; someone in need of dental care, searching for a trusted, affordable provider; or one of our alums, eager to reengage with the college, we thank you for your interest in our school. 

As the state of Oklahoma’s only Doctor of Dental Surgery program, we continue to strive towards our mission of providing top-quality dental care to Oklahomans and to be an innovative leader in transforming the future of dentistry. 

It is our goal to be recognized as both the top clinical education program and the top clinical research program in the nation. And the word is getting out!

For the past two years, our Admissions Department has received a record number of applications for both our traditional four-year D.D.S. program and our international dental training program. In a time where the national trend is showing a decline in the number of applications at dental colleges, we here at the OU College of Dentistry are proud to say that our current student body is among the brightest in the nation. 

Thanks to our outstanding faculty and rigorous curriculum, our students are graduating with more clinical experience than their colleagues from other institutions. Our curriculum is developed around a patient-centered comprehensive care model, meaning individual students provide their patients’ complete oral health care from start to finish. 

The idea behind the comprehensive care model, and the philosophy of the College, is simple: focus on patient care and patient experience. By emphasizing these two key items and achieving pleasant, efficient experiences, exceptional educational experiences will occur organically.

As you review our website, we hope you share in our excitement about the programs and services we offer. We look forward to working with and serving you in the future. 

Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S.
Dean of the OU College of Dentistry