Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine Western University of Health Sciences
College of Dental Medicine

Message from the Dean


Welcome to the College of Dental Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences – one of the most innovative dental education programs in the nation. As a vibrant College, every day represents growth, change and a level of excitement that is palpable from the moment you set foot on campus.

The WesternU motto of: The Discipline of Learning. The Art of Caring was abundantly evident on May 15,2013, as the inaugural class crossed across the stage of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The commendable educational outcomes of the Class of 2013 validated that our innovative and integrated curriculum produces graduates who are well-prepared for their role as new dentists. The graduates also demonstrated exceptional service to the community of patients they serve.

We continue to build the College with a vision and mission embraced by our exceptional faculty and staff.We have newly constructed educational facilities and clinics outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. Our education is focused on contemporary dental practice delivery by compassionate,well-prepared professionals, who communicate effectively with patients and the entire healthcare team.

Our curriculum promotes learning through utilization of the best educational approaches and sound teaching principles. We continually seek ways to provide seamless transitions from the classroom (both virtual and real) to our simulation clinic to patient care in The Dental Center at WesternU and finally to practice in the community.

When you review our mission and vision statements, you will discover that we have lofty aspirations.Those aspirations, combined with a solid strategic plan, are helping us realize our goal of becoming a premier dental education program. We are already making significant progress toward becoming a full-scope dental academic institution; providing a solid education, developing lines of research and providing patient care in a unique,caring and progressive environment

I invite you to explore our website, like us on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/WesternUCDM) and learn more about our College. The College of Dental Medicine has an exceptional start on our bright future. Hopefully, you will find that you want to become a part of our future as well.

Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS
Dean