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New students from the Colleges of Dental Medicine received their white coats, name badges and dental equipment during WesternU’s second day of Welcome Week
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College of Dental Medicine

WesternU’s College of Dental Medicine combines innovation with patient-centered care.

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College of Dental Medicine second- and third-year students were allowed to use the Dental Sim Lab to get more practice using the manikin Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The lab was set up, so no students were working side-by-side. Students had to wear face masks, gloves, and had to have their temperature taken and fill out an online form to return to campus during COVID-19. Open video modal


WesternU’s College of Dental Medicine is an excellent choice if you want to practice the dentistry of today and the future. The curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities are designed to incorporate innovative ideas, the latest equipment, while treating every patient as the unique person they are.

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We educate and train Dental Medicine students using advanced technology with an integrative and innovative approach.

College of Dental Medicine Dean Steven Friedrichsen, DDS, June 12, 2018, on the campus of Western University of Health Sciences.

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.

We continue to shape the College with a vision and mission embraced by our exceptional faculty and staff. We have modern 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.

Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS

  • Vision

    WesternU College of Dental Medicine will be a premier center for integrative educational innovation; basic and translational research; and high quality, patient-centered, interprofessional health care, all conducted in a setting that utilizes advanced technology and promotes individual dignity and potential for personal and professional growth.

  • Mission

    The WesternU College of Dental Medicine will realize this vision by educating and training highly competent, diverse groups of clinical practitioners who have the ability to provide complex, integrative, high-quality, evidence-based care for patients, families and communities. WesternU College of Dental Medicine will produce graduates who will be ethical, caring life-long learners; who will collectively engage in clinical oral health care, public health practice, biomedical and health services research, education and administration; and who will fulfill their professional obligation to improve the oral health of all members of society, especially those most in need. They will embrace scientific and technological advances and understand the connections between oral health and general health. They will be partners in the interprofessional health care delivery systems of the future, as well as leaders of their own oral health care teams, as they enhance and extend the quality of life in their communities.

  • Second-year Western University of Health Sciences students are completing their Interprofessional Education (IPE) classwork with a course designed to motivate, excite and challenge them as they build relationships with other health professionals.

    Interprofessional Education

    Many health care organizations embrace the concept of Interprofessional Education (IPE). IPE equips our students with the skills necessary to improve competency and confidence and decrease errors. Students gain valuable hands-on experience working side-by-side with other students and faculty members to address the changing needs of patients.

    The College of Dental Medicine International Dentist Program held a White Coat Ceremony for the classes of 2023 and 2024 Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The ceremony was held in the Health Education Center Recital Hall.

    Commitment to Diversity

    The WesternU College of Dental Medicine is committed to creating an academic environment that celebrates diversity and multicultural perspectives. We value the uniqueness that each of our students, faculty members, staff, and patients bring to the College. Learn about our commitment to Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism (HEAR) and what we are doing to serve under-represented patients in our community.


    Your journey to an exciting career in health care is just getting started. Please review the program admissions requirement or request more information and we’ll reach out to you. You may also consider scheduling a virtual advising appointment. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your goals!

    CDM Assistant Professor Grant Burdick

    Commitment to the COMMUNITY

    Community outreach is a vital component of our students’ education and provides access to quality health care to members of our community – many of whom otherwise would go untreated. Students gain experience in the WesternU Health Dental Care Center, rotating among our premier externship and specialty rotation sites, and offering valuable services to the community – including the opportunity to participate in special research initiatives.