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Offering education and training in the practice of clinical general dentistry, the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree program joins Midwestern University's Downers Grove Campus. This program in dental education has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The College of Dental Medicine - Illinois offers a four-year curriculum that includes academic coursework in basic sciences, behavioral sciences, and clinical sciences; preclinical simulation; clinical dentistry; and community clinical rotations.

Upon graduation with the D.M.D. degree, the graduate is eligible to apply for licensing examinations in the USA and Canada. Graduates are also eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of dentistry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2016-17 Edition) states, "Employment of dentists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations." Current nationwide statistics indicate a future shortage of dentists: for every three dentists who retire, only two dentists enter the profession. Advances in dental care, a rising interest in cosmetic dentistry, and the ever-growing understanding of the relationship between oral and systemic health are all contributing to the increased demand. At Midwestern University, you can pursue your dental career at an institution that is a recognized leader in the education of health providers.

Learn more about dental medicine as a career.

Program News

CPR Certification  IL

Hey Students, Faculty, and Staff...Are you CPR Certified??? BLS for Healthcare Providers American Heart Association is offering CPR Certification on the Downers Grove Campus. This program is being sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Club.  More ››

CCOM Graduate Receives International Medicine Award  IL

Terrie Taylor, D.O., a 1981 graduate of Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, received the AMA's Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine.   More ››

Thoughts and Prayers for the Victims of the Tucson Tragedy  AZ IL

On behalf of Midwestern University, I would like to share our condolences for the victims of the Tucson shooting over this past weekend. This was an incident that occurred in our state, and therefore hits close to home. As an academic community, we are committed to working toward healing and reaching out to our fellow Arizonans.  More ››

MWU Faculty Member, Graduate Named Top Doctors for Women  IL

The January issue of Chicago magazine has recognized two osteopathic physicians associated with Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) for their contributions to women's healthcare.  More ››

MWU Researcher: Environmental Pollutant Linked to Diabetes   IL

According to research conducted by Joshua R. Edwards, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Pharmacology Department, environmental contaminates may play a larger role than originally suspected in the development of diabetes.   More ››

Three New Members Join Littlejohn Society  IL

Three new members were inducted into the Littlejohn Society at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner for the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University (MWU).  More ››

Student Share Medication Management Expertise  IL

Pharmacy and biomedical science students taking an elective course on medication management in schools recently presented their course projects to the campus community.   More ››