Tanner College of Dental Medicine

Why should you consider applying to the College of Dental Medicine?

Nestled between the Appalachian Mountains exists the 糖心视频, whose 133-year educational legacy has expanded to create the College of Dental Medicine, aimed at educating dentists of tomorrow to provide greater access to oral healthcare in rural and underserved areas. Become part of a new program that aspires to be a national leader in dental education through its commitment to service, clinical excellence, innovation, interprofessional practice, and a unique culture that promotes physical and mental wellness in students, staff and faculty.聽

Our small campus size and small class size create a family environment where we care about and support our students, faculty and staff. Our dedicated team is committed to the academic and professional success of each student and will walk alongside students in their journey to becoming competent and successful dental professionals. Our professional, yet collegial atmosphere of respect, collaboration and mutual learning facilitates a positive culture and environment for dental education.聽


The 糖心视频 – Tanner College of Dental Medicine was made possible by the generosity of the philanthropic Tanner family. The family, has blessed the 糖心视频 with a transformative $25 million gift that is not only the largest single gift ever received by the university but the largest donation on record to any Kentucky college. They are passionate about UPIKE鈥檚 service-focused mission and recognize the need to provide greater access to oral healthcare in underserved areas.

UPIKE is the leading higher education institute of Central Appalachia, with a commitment to excellence in each endeavor. The university believes that by educating tomorrow鈥檚 leaders in the health professions, the landscape of healthcare in these mountains will thrive.

The vision for the Tanner College of Dental Medicine is to be known and respected for service, innovation, clinical excellence and interprofessional education.


  • Utilize the latest digital technology in state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical facilities.
  • Provide patient care in your first year and continue robust clinical experiences throughout your dental education.
  • Engage in community-based research related to oral health disparities in rural Appalachia.
  • Serve vulnerable and underserved populations.
  • Learn best practices for managing finances and leading a dental team.
  • Receive mentorship related to loan repayment programs and scholarship opportunities.
  • Experience a humanistic culture in a supportive and inclusive environment.
  • Collaborate with medical, optometry, nursing, and social work students on campus.
  • Learn lifelong skills to promote physical and mental wellness

Dental students will flourish under dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who will provide a supportive environment to learn patient-centered care while utilizing advanced technology. At UPIKE we educate our students to become innovative leaders in the profession of dentistry by training them to utilize the most contemporary dental materials, equipment and techniques.

Our goal at UPIKE is to become a national leader in interprofessional education, creating new integrated models of interdisciplinary care. Learning to work with providers in other disciplines is fundamental to healthcare as it enhances prevention, leads to early diagnosis and early interventions, improves access to care, and results in better patient outcomes. Our focus at UPIKE is to serve our students as well as the needs of our patients and our community. 

Unlike many dental schools, the 糖心视频 College of Dental Medicine seeks to focus its recruitment efforts in smaller, rural colleges and universities to recruit promising, high-performing undergraduate students who have demonstrated a servant’s heart, and desire to make a significant impact among those who most need care. Qualified students interested in pursuing a career in dentistry are encouraged to apply to become a part of UPIKE鈥檚 unique dental educational experience. 

At UPIKE, D.M.D. students will enter rotations in a variety of clinical settings during their four-year experience including community health centers, special needs clinics, pediatric facilities, addiction recovery centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

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Admission Requirements

  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • 200 Service Hours in previous five years
  • 100 Hours of Shadowing with at least three dentists
  • Bachelor鈥檚 Degree preferred
  • Dental Admission Test (DAT) not required
  • Preferred Pre-requisite courses*
    • Biology 鈥 3 credit hours
    • Anatomy 鈥 3 credit hours
    • Physiology 鈥 3 credit hours
    • Microbiology 鈥 3 credit hours
    • Chemistry 鈥 6 credit hours

*Additional science courses as well as courses in leadership, public health, art, and business would also be beneficial as preparation for dental education.

The forms below may be used to assist students in documenting community service and shadowing hours.

The online application portal for the College of Dental Medicine will be coming soon!

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The office of Admissions can be reached at:

Office of Admissions
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5251


Currently, the 糖心视频 is seeking accreditation for the Tanner College of Dental Medicine. Pending approval by the The Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA), we will begin admitting students in 2025. For more information, please contact us at (606)218-5251

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