Diverse students learning


The UMKC School of Dentistry is committed to diversity.  This includes ethnic, geographic, cognitive and otherwise.  As part of this commitment the UMKC School of Dentistry sponsors and partners with other organizations to host several unique programs.

Great Start Program

This program is designed to provide children early exposure to dentistry in order to alleviate fear and stimulate interest in the field.

Dental Explorer Post

The Dental Explorer Post is an opportunity to explore your future in dentistry. Whether you’re considering dentistry as a profession or you’re completely convinced that it’s the right career for you, the Dental Explorer Post, Troop 2947, is a great way to gain first-hand experience in what dentistry is really all about.

Partnership for Smiles

Established with the mission to fully meet the oral health needs of disadvantaged children and families in greater Kansas City this partnership between the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and local community health centers have treated over 6,000 disadvantaged patients.

Summer Dental Assistant Program

The Summer Dental Assistant Program is designed for minority students in the Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas school districts who are interested in the field of dentistry.  Paid summer jobs in the profession will give students an insider’s view into the field.

DDS Admissions Enhancement Program

The UMKC School of Dentistry offers an Admission Enhancement Program (UMKC AEP). The mission of the UMKC AEP is to develop culturally diverse candidates and candidates from underserved areas who are applying to the UMKC School of Dentistry within the next two years.  This innovative 10-week summer program is intended to develop competitive health professions applicants who have the potential to care for our regional patients.