Florida Schools of Dentistry with Program and Course Descriptions

Research dentistry schools in Florida, which currently has two colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two Florida schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

There are two schools of dentistry in Florida. Applicants to dental school generally must have a bachelors degree with an emphasis in the sciences including biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physics and other related premedical school courses. They must also have maintained a minimum grade point average to be considered for admittance to a dental program. Dental students are also required to perform clinical rotations as part of their curriculum. The programs below offer dental education in various specialty areas, including but not limited to:

  • Endodontics
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • General Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Career Requirements

Florida requires dentists to be licensed. Licensing requirements include graduation from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and passing the American Dental Licensing examination, which includes a written and a practical examination. Postdoctoral specialties require additional education and testing requirements for certification. Below is information about the dental school offerings in Florida along with a table that outlines tuition rates.


Nova Southeastern University

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University is a private college with a school of dentistry that also offers a wide range of postdoctoral master's degree and dentistry certificate programs for a variety of dentistry specialties. The school also offers a six-year Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine/Doctor of Dental Medicine dual degree program. Dentistry postdoctoral certificate and master's degree programs include dentistry research, dendodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, orthodontics, prosthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

  • Programs Offered: Doctor of Dental Medicine,
    Doctor of Osteopathy/Doctor of Dental Medicine,
    Master of Science in Dentistry,
    Postdoctoral Certificate in Endodontics,
    Certificate in Operative Dentistry/Master of Science in Dentistry,
    Certificate/Master of Science in Orthodontics,
    Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry,
    Postdoctoral Certificate in Periodontology,
    Postdoctoral Certificate in Prosthodontics,
    Postdoctoral Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $54,220 in-state; $55,820 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb

University of Florida

University of Florida's College of Dentistry is located in Gainesville. The college has a unique honors program that combines a bachelor of science and a doctor of dental medicine degree program, allowing exceptional students to complete their undergraduate studies and the dentistry program in seven years. Applications are accepted from undergraduate freshman and in the fourth year of their undergraduate studies, students who have been accepted start as freshmen at the dental college. In addition to the doctor of dental medicine program, the University of Florida also has postdoctoral certificate and master's degree programs with specializations in endodontics, advanced general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry and master of public health, periodontics and orthodontics.

  • Programs Offered: Doctor of Dental Medicine,
    Integrated Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy,
    Honors Combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Dental Medicine,
    Postdoctoral Certificate in Advanced General Dentistry,
    Certificate in Endodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Endodontics,
    Postdoctoral Certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,
    Certificate in Periodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Periodontics,
    Certificate in Prosthodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Prosthodontics,
    Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry/Master of Public Health,
    Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Orthodontics
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $12,590 in-state; $29,155 out-of-state**
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Dentistry Degrees Offered Graduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Nova Southeastern University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Doctor of Dental Medicine,
Doctor of Osteopathy/Doctor of Dental Medicine,
Master of Science in Dentistry,
Postdoctoral Certificate in Endodontics,
Certificate in Operative Dentistry/Master of Science in Dentistry,
Certificate/Master of Science in Orthodontics,
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry,
Postdoctoral Certificate in Periodontology,
Postdoctoral Certificate in Prosthodontics,
Postdoctoral Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
$54,220 in-state; $55,820 out-of-state*
University of Florida 4-year, public; midsize city Doctor of Dental Medicine,
Integrated Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy,
Honors Combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Dental Medicine,
Postdoctoral Certificate in Advanced General Dentistry,
Certificate in Endodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Endodontics,
Postdoctoral Certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,
Certificate in Periodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Periodontics,
Certificate in Prosthodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Prosthodontics,
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry/Master of Public Health,
Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Orthodontics
$12,590 in-state; $29,155 out-of-state**

Sources: *School's web site, **NCES College Navigator

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