The educational goal of the SIU School of Dental Medicine is to prepare graduates to become the best general practitioners of dentistry in the country. The School's small student body (approximately 200 students) and intimate environment promote an unusually high level of interaction among students and faculty.
The dental curriculum is a structured program that requires all students to participate in a four year course of study which culminates in the awarding of a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. The primary dental education facilities of the SIU School of Dental Medicine are located in Alton, IL.
Most student clinical experience is provided in the Main Dental Clinic in Alton. Other facilities in Alton include a comprehensive biomedical library, biomedical and clinical research laboratories, a preclinical laboratory and classrooms. A summer research program is available to those students who are interested in gaining research experience.
In addition, experience in diagnosis, treatment planning, surgery, and prosthodontic treatment for implant dentistry are offered in the Advanced Care Wing of the Main Clinic in Alton. Rotations to the community-based East St. Louis Dental Clinic offer students an extra opportunity to provide dental care to patients in an underserved area.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine assists its students in choosing and pursuing their personal post graduate interests. Approximately half of the School's new graduates enter private practice, while 25 percent choose to continue their education in graduate and specialty programs in hospitals and universities throughout the country. Others pursue options including military or public health service, dental research, dental education, and careers with a variety of government agencies.
Combined Baccalaureate in Biology/Doctorate in Dentistry Program (B.S./D.M.D.)
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the School of Dental Medicine offer a unique combined arts and sciences dental curriculum leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine. The preprofessional part of this curriculum is completed within three years on the Edwardsville campus. The professional part is completed in four years at the School of Dental Medicine, Alton, Illinois.
I. Upon completion of the first year of the Combined Degree curriculum and having met the following criteria, the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine shall offer conditional acceptance into the School of Dental Medicine:
Upon receipt of the student's signed letter of agreement for acceptance into this Program, the SIU-SDM Admissions Office will initiate the formal admissions process with the student submitting appropriate data. In addition, the student will be assigned a current dental student to serve as a student advisor.
II. After completing the second year of the preprofessional curriculum and prior to the completion of the third year of this Program, the student will be allowed to continue in the Program by meeting the following criteria:
Upon successful completion of the first year in the School of Dental Medicine and the recommendation of the Dean, this student will be granted the degree of Bachelor of Science by the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville faculty at the first summer commencement following the first year of the professional dental curriculum.