Message from the Dean

Dr. Friedrichsen

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.

I invite you to explore our website, like us on Facebook at ( and learn more about our College. The College of Dental Medicine has a bright future. Hopefully, you will discover that you want to become a part of our future as well.

Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS