School of Dentistry

Dental Exploring Program Information

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Due to Covid-19 the 2021 Dental Explorer Program has been cancelled.  We hope to reinstate the program for the 2022-2023 academic year.  Should the program be reinstated applications will be made available in September 2022.

Learn what a career in Dentistry has to offer

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OHSU's Dental Exploring Program is in its twenty-ninth 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 School of Dentistry 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. 

Please check back in September 2022 for the 2022-23 application!

Application Materials and Schedule (Adobe Reader required):

  • General Application TBA
  • Participant Consent Form TBA
  • Medical Consent Form TBA
  • 2022-2023 Schedule TBA
  • $50.00 participation fee (check or money order made payable to OHSU School of Dentistry)
  • OHSU RLSB Directions

*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.

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