The mission of the Doctor of Dental Surgery program is to graduate a dentist who delivers patient care with a scientific basis and in a caring and compassionate manner. Through integration of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences, the graduate dentist will effectively lead the oral health care team to provide comprehensive oral health care for diverse populations in a rapidly changing society.

Graduates will use critical thinking and self-assessment so that behaviors and practices are derived from established standards of care. They will demonstrate professional ethics and values associated with lifelong learners, directing their professional growth during and beyond the educational program.  (rev. March 2018)