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Do you know being a dentist is your true calling? Do you want to take part in an accelerated program where you earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in seven years instead of the traditional eight? Then consider University of Detroit Mercy’s seven-year Bachelor/Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program. The program guides you from the start of college to completing your D.D.S.

The program is only available to high school graduates prior to the start of undergraduate study. Transfer students or students already taking college classes are not eligible.


Graduate Programs

Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Students and the community benefit from the School of Dentistry being in the City of Detroit. Detroit Mercy students help make a difference for those living in the city and as a result are exposed to a larger variety of dental issues than many other dental schools can provide.
  • Detroit Mercy’s School of Dentistry curriculum and course content are constantly being reviewed and improved to present the most current information and trends in dentistry.
  • Students in the seven-year program may earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Students spend the first three years of the program at the McNichols Campus in the College of Engineering & Science. The last four years are in the School of Dentistry.
  • The School of Dentistry has a number of outreach initiatives including the Bay Cliff Health Camp, Give Kids a Smile, Mack and Third, Mouth Guard Clinics, Special Needs Clinic and TeamSmile.
  • Detroit Mercy student and faculty volunteers provide free dental care to uninsured adults in the City of Detroit and the surrounding areas through the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic. The clinics run on average two Saturdays every month throughout the year.
  • The seven-year Bachelor/D.D.S. program lets qualified students save time (and tuition!) in getting a highly sought after degree.
  • Small class sizes — our average undergraduate student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1; that means plenty of individualized attention aimed at making sure our students succeed.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a well-rounded education. We don’t just teach dentistry; we create community leaders.

Your Boundless Future

Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry D.D.S. graduates have gone on to enjoy a career as a dentist all over the United States. The demand for dentists is on the rise and it is one of the 20 highest paying professions according to Money Magazine. Many dentists go on to own their own practice or work as part of a small practice, giving them increased flexibility.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for this profession.


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Danielle Harris

Featured Alumnus

Francis Janisse, D.D.S. '03

“I can say with confidence that I have successfully grown my career and practice thanks to the knowledge and tools I developed during my Detroit Mercy education. This is a higher educational institution that cares about where it stands in the state and country, and consistently produces top-quality oral health care providers. I am proud to be part of the Detroit Mercy legacy of leaders and influencers in dentistry."

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