Careers Start Here

Whether you are considering dental school, interested in dental hygiene or want to specialize after receiving your DDS, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry can help you get your start.

We invite you to take a look at what makes us unique – the collaboration between primary care and the dental specialties, the real-world experiences in our patient clinics, and our extensive community service programs, and vibrant student organizations. Ohio State's College of Dentistry is also part of the most comprehensive health sciences center in the nation.

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Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Our exceptional classroom and laboratory instruction, along with a strong hands-on clinical training program, will prepare you for success in your dental career.
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Dental Hygiene

Earn a degree in dental hygiene from a nationally recognized university. The Ohio State University has the only dental hygiene program in Ohio that is affiliated with a dental school.
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Dual DDS / MPH

The Doctor of Dental Surgery/Master of Public Health (DDS/MPH) combined degree program prepares students for the professional practice of dentistry and also provides knowledge and skills in the broader population health context.
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Dual DDS / PhD

If you are interested in both a research and clinical career, you may want to consider the Dual Degree DDS/PhD Program. This seven-year program leads to a combined DDS degree and PhD in Oral Biology.

Advanced Education and Graduate Programs

At Ohio State's College of Dentistry, we offer a range of programs beyond the DDS to prepare you for specialty clinical practice or a career in research and academia. 

MS / Certificate Programs

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry offers MS degree and/or certificate programs in nine different fields, all located in the nation's most comprehensive health sciences center.

PhD Programs

PhD programs at the College of Dentistry are specially adapted to the multidisciplinary nature of oral health research. We offer a PhD in oral biology, as well as combined programs with biomedical sciences, neuroscience and biomedical engineering.

Postdoctoral Non-degree Programs

We offer programs and courses for dentists who are interested in furthering their knowledge in specialized areas without pursuing the MS degree or a certificate program.

Combined Biology BS or BA with DDS

Are you a high school student interested in majoring in Biology? The Biology Major BS or BA/Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) combination curriculum refers to a program of study which leads to the granting of two degrees. The program can be completed in a shorter time than the two degrees would take if pursued consecutively.

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Join Us

The Ohio State University is ranked 17th among the nation’s top public universities (US News & World Report) and known around the world for academic excellence and groundbreaking research.

As part of one of the most comprehensive health sciences centers in the country and located in a major metropolitan area, Ohio State's College of Dentistry provides a dynamic, fast-paced environment, with the friendly, down-to-earth attitude of the Midwest.

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Living in Columbus

Columbus is great place to visit, but an even better place to live. The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is located in Columbus, Ohio, the 15th largest city in the United States. Columbus offers the amenities of a big city, without the big city price tag. From outstanding restaurants, to diverse neighborhoods, major league sports to top notch arts and entertainment; Columbus offers it all.

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Why Ohio State

The Ohio State University is ranked 17th among the nation’s top public universities (US News & World Report) and known around the world for academic excellence and groundbreaking research.

  • Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center comprising seven health sciences colleges, Ohio State’s College of Dentistry has a full range of dental specialty programs at a single site.
  • The College of Dentistry offers extensive clinical training at three clinics on campus and multiple off-site clinics, including service work at a variety of outreach sites around the state of Ohio.
  • You will graduate with the practical experience you need to hit the ground running in your career.
  • You will be taught by top practitioners and researchers who are shaping the future of dentistry and the health care field. The faculty view their job as not only preparing outstanding dental students, but outstanding future colleagues.
  • The program is not competitive; your fellow students become your closest friends and confidantes as you matriculate through dental school. Our goal is to create a community of diverse people striving for the same goal.
  • When you choose Ohio State, you become part of one of the largest career networks in the world. The College of Dentistry is the fourth largest dental college in the U.S, The College of Dentistry supports diversity, from the makeup of each class to the outreach activities that students and faculty perform.
  • We’re full of Buckeye Pride! Ohio State is famous for its traditions and school spirit, from Script Ohio to O-H-I-O.
  • The College of Dentistry is committed to you – to offering opportunities and opening doors for our students. There’s no limit to what you can accomplish here!
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