About the School


















The UMKC School of Dentistry is part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), which is part of the University of Missouri system of four publicly funded state universities. The other schools are located in Rolla, St. Louis, and Columbia.

The School of Dentistry is situated a few miles north of the UMKC campus, atop Hospital Hill --a historic area of Kansas City, so-named because it is a nexus of health care and educational institutions. The School is surrounded by prestigious neighbors, including the UMKC Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, and several other private and public medical facilities. Students profit from the opportunity of learning, working, and interacting with scholars, researchers, and professionals in many related areas of health care.

The UMKC School of Dentistry originated in 1881 as the Kansas City Dental College. The name has changed and the school has grown and evolved into a multi-faceted institution, but it has maintained a tradition of excellence in education for over a century. The School offers a varied and complete range of educational experiences for students of dentistry and dental hygiene and for graduate and continuing education students. The first-rate faculty is comprised of scholars, scientists, and specialists, all dedicated to providing a quality and comprehensive education, individualized to each student’s needs and goals. The School is also a model for technologically advanced administrative offices, instructional settings, and clinical facilities.