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Forensic Odontology Schools and Colleges

Students interested in forensic odontology must earn an undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline, preferably chemistry or biology. Since dental school admission is very competitive, they should also earn high grades and thoroughly prepare for the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Forensic odontologists are required to hold a dental degree from a dental school recognized by the American Dental Association. It usually takes 4 years to finish dental school. Dental students complete courses in microbiology, physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry. Dental students are also required to complete clinical training prior to graduation.

Forensic odontologists are required to satisfy board certification requirements prior to professional practice. The American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) has established the following board certification requirements: forensic odontologists are required to attend 4 annual meetings sponsored by recognized forensic organizations and actively participate with 2 such organizations. Additionally, certified forensic odontologists must also be affiliated with a law enforcement agency, insurance company, medical examiner’s office, or federal dental service for 2 or more years.

Colleges and universities offering accredited degrees, programs and courses in forensic odontology.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
    7703 Floyd Curl Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78229

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