Dental Career Exploration Programs

Meets One Evening Each Month (generally the first Wednesday) from November through May
High school students interested in the field of dentistry meet monthly in the evening for a short lecture presentation followed by a "hands-on" laboratory with current dental students assisting. Changing monthly topics include orthodontics, dental anatomy, oral surgery, dental implants, and restorative dentistry. 

Dental Exploring Program Information

Dive Into Dentistry program

TBD, April 2019

Experience life as a dental student and discover dentistry by acquiring hands-on experience in crown preparation, diagnostic impressions, cast fabrication, diagnostic wax-up and anterior restoration. Exercises and laboratory procedures directed by current faculty & students. A $75 nonrefundable deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining $75 due by April 2019. Acceptable forms of payment include check (written out to OHSU ASDA), credit card and Venmo (username @oregonasda). Limit to 50 participants.

  • Dive into Dentistry Information
  • Participant Consent Form
  • Medical Consent Form
  • Media Consent Form

CHEM 199 aspects of dentistry

PSU Spring Term
A career exploration course offered by Portland State University and the OHSU School of Dentistry and taught by School of Dentistry faculty. This P/NP course provides students an opportunity to attend faculty lectures, participate in "hands-on" activities and meet with dental students. Students must register for CHEM 199 through PSU to take this course.

PSU Class Schedule

Observations in the School of Dentistry

Interested individuals may observe or assist in the dental clinics at the School of Dentistry during the academic year. These visits are coordinated through Tammy Stange, School of Dentistry Clinic Administration, at (503) 494-4817.

Observations in dental offices

One of the best ways to learn about the dental profession is to observe in a general dental office. General practitioners will be able to give you a realistic picture of the business and service aspects of the profession.

For further information on these programs

OHSU School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions & Student Affairs
Mail Code: SD-SA
2730 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, OR 97201-5042
503-494-5274

Additional resources for dental exploration

OHSU Office of Science Education Opportunities

American Dental Association Career Resource Guide

Center for Diversity & Inclusion Internships