Dental Exploring Program

OHSU's Dental Exploring Program is in its twenty-seventh year of providing participants with a general perception of what a career in dentistry is all about. Participating high school students have been very enthusiastic about their experience, and many of them have successfully matriculated to dental school.

Monthly two-hour meetings are held at the dental school with an emphasis on "hands-on" activities. The first hour is composed of a lecture from dental school faculty from a variety of disciplines, while the second hour is a laboratory experience. Current dental students organize the monthly meetings and act as mentors.

Space is limited to sixty participants and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Applications can be dropped off in the School of Dentistry Admissions & Student Affairs Office or submitted through the mail. A complete application, both consent forms and the $50 fee must be on file to reserve a space. A waiting list will be maintained for students with complete applications received after the first sixty spaces have been reserved. Students will be notified as space becomes available. Fees will be refundable until Friday, November 3, 2017, after which no refunds will be processed.

Registration for the 2017-2018 Dental Exploring Program is now closed.

Application Materials/Schedule (Adobe Reader required):

  • General Application
  • Participant Consent Form
  • Medical Consent Form
  • 2017-2018 Schedule (Lecture topics are tentative and subject to change)
  • $50.00 participation fee (Check or money order made payable to OHSU School of Dentistry)
  • OHSU CLSB Campus Map

* In some situations completion of the Dental Exploring class may be used towards high school course requirements but should be prearranged with the participant's high school. OHSU and the School of Dentistry do not issue academic credit towards high school diplomas. Students seeking academic credit towards high school coursework or a letter of completion are allowed no more than one absence over the duration of the course before any form verifying completion is signed or a letter of completion is composed.

Please note that the first meeting will be at the School of Dentistry in the CLSB room 3A003A on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

OHSU School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
Mail Code: SD-SA
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201-5042

Tel: 503-494-5274
Fax: 503-494-6244