School of Dentistry

Dental Exploring Program Information

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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. Fees will be refundable until Friday, November 8, 2019, after which no refunds will be processed.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Dental Exploring Program are now open.

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*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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