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Predental Requirements

It is to the advantage of a student intent upon a career in dentistry to pursue a strong college preparatory course in high school, including as many courses in science and mathematics as possible.

Students who are uncertain about their interest in dentistry are invited to contact the Admissions Enrollment Manager, College of Dentistry, 4000 East Camus Loop South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0740. All students considering careers in dentistry are welcome to visit the College.

Applicants for admission are required to have completed a minimum of three years (90 semester hours) of college preparation, including specified predental courses. Most students, however, will have completed four years of college. Students are encouraged to work toward a degree in their optional field of interest since admission cannot be assured.

Whether enrolled at the University of Nebraska‒Lincoln or elsewhere, predental students are encouraged to take the following courses during their first two undergraduate years:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
English composition 3
Inorganic chemistry w/lab 4
General biology (life sciences) w/lab 4
Humanities or social science electives 5
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
English composition 3
Inorganic chemistry w/lab 4
General biology (life sciences) w/lab 4
Humanities or social science electives 5
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
Organic chemistry w/lab 4
General physics w/lab 4-5
Humanities or social science electives 8-9
 Credit Hours16-18
Second Semester
Organic chemistry w/lab 4
General physics w/lab 4-5
Humanities or social science electives 8-9
 Credit Hours16-18
 Total Credit Hours64-68

In addition to basic preparation in science, courses should be selected which will broaden the student’s intellectual background and lay the groundwork for a full professional life. The following electives are especially appropriate: business, human communication, English literature, economics, mathematics, statistics, political science, psychology, scientific Greek, sociology, life sciences (biochemistry, microbiology, zoology, genetics) and behavioral sciences.

Transfer of Credits

The University Board of Regents on January 11, 1975, established policy resulting in these statements:

“The University of Nebraska Medical Center Registrar will maintain a record of names and credit hours of courses taken at other institutions of higher learning in Nebraska and, upon the student’s request, provide unofficial copies of such records only as authorized by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.”

“Grades received in courses presented for advanced standing credit will not appear on the permanent record sheet of the student.”

The applicability of transferred credits to entrance and degree requirements or from petitions for advanced standing is determined by the Dean of the College, Admissions Committee, and department chairpersons on an individual basis after all necessary materials are submitted. A limited number of students may be admitted with advanced standing. Courses not considered applicable are:

  1. graded ‘I’ (Incomplete), ‘W’ (Withdrawal), or Audit
  2. completed but not given for credit
  3. those remedial in nature.

Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP)

The College of Dentistry has entered into a program with Chadron State College (www.csc.edu) and Wayne State College (www.wsc.edu) where selected applicants to dentistry and dental hygiene, prior to their enrollment at these schools, are given acceptance into the College of Dentistry through the Rural Health Opportunities Program. Tuition may be waived while completing prerequisites for dental college. For further information, contact:

Wayne State College: https://www.wsc.edu/info/20010/academics/97/rural_heallth_opportunities_program_rhop

Chadron State College: http://www.csc.edu/sci/rhop

Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP)

KHOP is a cooperative program between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the College of of Dentistry. The purpose of this program is to recruit and educate students from rural Nebraka who are committed to returning to Nebraska to practice dentistry or dental hygiene. Prior to UNK enrollment, selected applicants are given acceptance into the College of Dentistry, and UNK tuition may be waived while completing prerequisites for dental college. For further information go to: http://www.unk.edu/academics/health_sciences/scholarshipprograms.php

Admission Guidelines

Students may be considered for admission who are academically prepared1 and are United States citizens or resident aliens at the time of application. Nonimmigrant foreign students who want to be issued Form I-20 (certificate of eligibility for a student visa) must meet the following requirements before they can be considered for admission:

  1. Supply official or certified transcripts, mark sheets, and degree statements from all institutions they have attended;
  2. Furnish evidence of adequate financial resources for self-support required of each foreign student;
  3. The English proficiency of students whose first language is not English must include a TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based), or 95 (internet-based) with no individual score lower than 20 exam;
  4. The student must have completed at least one academic year at an accredited college or university of the United States.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry is a state institution and preference is given to legal residents of the State of Nebraska. A dental education contract presently exists with Wyoming whereby a limited number of state-approved legal residents are accepted to satisfy contract quotas. A limited number of students from states other than Nebraska or contract states may be accepted for the freshman class. All students must be legal residents of their states at the time of application.

All men and women planning to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center under Chapters 31, 34, and 35 of the educational assistance and vocational rehabilitation laws administered by the Veterans Administration should inquire at the Office of Academic Records, Student Life Center, Room 2043, UNMC, Omaha (402-559-8086), before they register, to make sure all necessary arrangements have been made.

In accordance with University policy, UNMC prohibits the denial of admission or of Medical Center privileges to students or applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, handicap, and religious or political beliefs. These privileges include, but are not limited to, admission, class assignments, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid, as well as housing and recreational facilities. Furthermore, student organizations must base their selection of students for membership on criteria which will not include race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.

Admittance to UNMC programs will not be denied to otherwise qualified handicapped individuals. Qualified handicapped persons are those who meet the academic and technical standards for each program. These nonacademic skills are essential to successful program completion.

In summary, UNMC policies are in accordance with: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Sections 799A and 854 of the Public Health Services Act.

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The College has no specific requirements regarding the absolute minimal scholastic average or DAT scores. In some cases, applicants who have a low scholastic average will be evaluated on their performance over the last three or four semesters of college. Applicants with this type of situation should have included some science courses in their schedule, with a suggested load of 14-16 hours per semester, and shown significant scholastic improvement.

Technical Standards for Admission to the College of Dentistry (Dentistry and Dental Hygiene)

Decisions by the College of Dentistry Admissions Committee are based on prior scholastic achievement, personality and emotional characteristics, motivation, industry, resourcefulness, and personal health. Admission decisions do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, or national origin. Students must possess the intelligence, integrity, and personal and emotional characteristics appropriate to the successful dentist.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry is committed to the principle of providing an educational setting that facilitates the greatest success for all students, within their individual abilities, who are qualified for admission into the College. In that spirit, admission to the College is open to all qualified individuals in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The College is mindful of the unique nature of the dental curriculum. As a primary surgical specialty, the dental curriculum must include, in addition to the accumulation of certain scientific knowledge, the simultaneous acquisition of essential surgical skills, technical functions, and professional attitudes and behaviors. In the process, the student is required to direct or perform treatment on patients safely within an acceptable amount of time. Students must possess the skills and abilities that will allow them to successfully complete the course of study and receive the full benefit of the education. With this in mind, any student or applicant seeking admission as a student (subsequently referred to herein as “student”) must be able to meet the following technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations.

  1. Motor Skills
    General: A student should have sufficient motor function such that she/he is able to execute movements reasonably required to provide general care and treatment to patients.

    Specific: A student must possess the motor skills necessary to directly perform palpitation, percussion, auscultation and other diagnostic maneuvers, basic laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

    Specific: A student must be able to perform basic life support (including CPR and AED) and to position himself/herself around the patient and chair at heights and locations necessary to achieve effective patient treatment. The candidate must be able to operate all dental equipment and tools commonly necessary to the effective treatment of patients, operate high- and low-speed dental movements of less than one millimeter and utilize hand instrumentation (including scalpels for surgical procedures).
     
  2. Sensory/Observation
    General: A student must be able to acquire a defined level of required information as presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic and dental sciences.

    Specific: This includes, but is not limited to, information conveyed through physiologic and pharmacological demonstrations in animals; and microbiological cultures and microscopic images of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. A student must be able to acquire information from written documents, including charts and patient records, and to visualize information presented in images from paper, films, slides, or video. A student must interpret radiographs and other graphic images. A student must have functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensation while being enhanced by the functional use of sensory modalities.

    General: A student must be able to observe a patient accurately, at a reasonable distance and close up, and observe and appreciate non-verbal communications when performing dental operations or administering medications.

    Specific: A student must be able to perform visual and tactile dental examination and treatment including use of visual acuity with an ability to discern differences and variations in color, shape, and general appearance between normal and abnormal, soft and hard tissues. Use of tactile senses may be either direct palpation or indirect through instrumentation. A student must also possess the visual acuity to distinguish colors intra- and extra-orally and to make such visual observations as are necessary to provide diagnosis and treatment.
     
  3. Communication
    General: A student must be able to: communicate effectively and sensitively with patients; convey or exchange information at a level allowing development of a health history; identify problems presented; explain alternative solutions; and give directions during treatment and post-treatment. Communications include speech and writing. The student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.

    Specific: A student must have sufficient facility with English to: retrieve information from texts and lectures and communicate concepts on written exams and patients charts; elicit patient backgrounds; describe patient changes in condition, symptoms, moods, activity, and posture; and coordinate patient care with all members of the health care team.
     
  4. Cognitive
    General:
    A student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize.

    Specific: In addition, a student must be able to comprehend three dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of dentists, requires all of these intellectual abilities. A student must be able to perform these problem solving skills in a timely fashion.
     
  5. Behavioral
    General: A student must possess the behavioral qualities and mannerisms required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients.

    Specific: A student must be able to tolerate intellectually and physically-taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. He/She must be able to adapt to changing environments to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interests, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational processes. Further, a student must be able to manage apprehensive patients with a range of moods and behaviors in a tactful, congenial, personal manner so as not to alienate or antagonize them. A student must reasonably be expected to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center/College of Dentistry recognizes that the award of a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree carries with it the full authority of the institution and communicates to those who might seek the services of the bearer that he or she is competent to practice dentistry. The DDS degree is a broad degree unique in that the graduate is prepared, and upon licensure, is allowed to practice all disciplines of the dental profession. This requires that the student in the curriculum acquire didactic knowledge, as well as learning skills and attitudes essential to the profession and agreed upon by the faculty as requisite for the practice of dentistry. The student requires both cognitive and technical skills to satisfy the requirements of this curriculum.

Although the College may not inquire whether an applicant has a disability prior to making a decision on admission, an applicant may disclose during the admissions process a disability for which he or she wishes accommodation during the admissions process or upon admission. If this occurs, the College will, with the cooperation and input of the applicant, evaluate whether the applicant can perform the essential functions of the educational program, taking into account the accommodations that the applicant has requested, or alternative reasonable accommodations that the institution would offer.

Upon admission, a student who discloses a disability and requests accommodation may be asked to provide documentation of his or her disability for the purpose of determining appropriate accommodations, including modification to the program. The College will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of the program. The student must be able to perform all of the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation to matriculate or continue in the curriculum. Costs of reasonable accommodations will be borne by the College, unless otherwise funded.

Requests for accommodation should be initiated with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, (402) 472-1343.

Application Procedure

Students are enrolled in the College of Dentistry each August. Candidates should formally apply for admission approximately 15 months before they wish to be admitted to the College. Applicant application service opens in June for class beginning 15 months later.

The College of Dentistry uses the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) and, therefore, does not provide its own application form.

Applicants are required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) sponsored by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. Tests are given at Sylvan Learning Centers. Special attention is given to science scores. Should the applicant obtain scores below the national average, counseling is recommended before retaking the test. Register for the DAT at www.ada.org/dat.aspx.

Application Deadline

The AADSAS application deadline is February 1, however early application submission prior to October 1 is strongly encouraged! Applicants should not wait for DAT scores, transcripts, or other application materials before applying through AADSAS. Applicants’ files will be updated as these materials are received.

Interviews

Applicants under serious consideration will be contacted to arrange personal interviews with the Admissions Committee. Interviews will not be granted at the request of applicants. Applicants who are not interviewed may counsel with their predental advisers or the Admissions Committee coordinator.

Letters of Recommendation

It is recommended that applicants submit two to three letters of recommendation.

Applications for Advanced Standing

Students may be admitted with advanced standing in the dental program. (See the Program for Transfer of Credits section, page 9 for details.)

The preceding paragraphs concern applications for admission to the College of Dentistry. Students interested in beginning study in predental instruction at UNL should consult the General Information Bulletin of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or inquire at the Explore Center, Love Library South 127, University of Nebraska‒Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588, 402-472-3605.

Costs at the College of Dentistry

Tuition and fees are set by the University Board of Regents and may be changed at any time. The current tuition and fee rates are available from the Registrar’s Office, College of Dentistry. The following quotations are offered as guidelines only.

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
Academic Year 2017-2018
Dental Resident Tuition and Fees

Class of 2021 (Freshman)

Fee 1st Semester 2nd Semester Summer Session Total
Tuition $13,454.00 $13,454.00 $6,726 $33,635.00
Student Fees $611.00 $611.00 $234.00 $1,456.00
Instrument 3 $2,870.00 $2,870.00 $5,740.00
Technology Fee $206.00 $206.00 $412.00
Equipment Replacement Fee $1,025.00 $1,025.00 $2,050.00
Library Fee1 $106.25 $125.00 $56.25 $287.50
Student Health Insurance2 $842.35 $1,179.29 $2,021.64
TOTAL $19,114.60 $19,470.29 $7016.25 $45,602.14

Class of 2020 (Sophomore)

Fee 1st Semester 2nd Semester Summer Session Total
Tuition $12,616.00 $12,616.00 $6,307.00 $31,540.00
Student Fees $611.00 $611.00 $234.00 $1,456.00
Books & Instrument $3,920.00 $3,920.00 $7,840.00
Technology Fee $206.00 $206.00 $412.00
Equipment Replacement Fee $1,025.00 $1,025.00 $2,050.00
Library Fee1 $112.50 $143.75 $37.50 $293.75
Student Health Insurance2 $842.35 $1,179.29 $2,021.64
TOTAL $19,332.85 $19,701.04 $6,578.50 $45,613.39

Class of 2019 (Junior)

Fee 1st Semester 2nd Semester Summer Session Total
Tuition $12,616.00 $12,616.00 $6,307.00 $31,540
Student Fees $611.00 $611.00 $234.00 $1,456.00
Books & Instrument $3,920.00 $3,920.00 $7,840.00
Technology Fee $206.00 $206.00 $412.00
Equipment Replacement Fee $1,025.00 $1,025.00 $2,050.00
Library Fee1 $81.25 $143.75 $62.50 $287.50
Student Health Insurance2 $842.35 $1,179.29 $2,021.64
TOTAL $19,301.16 $19,701.04 $6,603.35 $45,607.14

Class of 2018 (Senior)

Fee 1st Semester 2nd Semester Summer Session Total
Tuition $12,616.00 $12,616.00 $25,233.00
Student Fees $611.00 $611.00 $1,222.00
Books & Instrument $3,920.00 $3,290.00 $7,840.00
Technology Fee $206.00 $206.00 $412.00
Equipment Replacement Fee $1,025.00 $1,025.00 $2,050.00
Library Fee1 $75.00 $106.25 $181.25
Student Health Insurance2 $842.35 $1,179.29 2,021.64
TOTAL $19,295.35 $19,663.54 $38,959.89
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Library fee based on hours registered for and subject to change.

2

This fee is waived if student has private insurance and completes waiver form.  2nd semester fee includes Summer session.

3

Beginning with Fall 2017, the College will no longer issue books.   New incoming 2017 students will purchase their own books. No fee charged for books.

Dental Nonresident Tuition

Fee 1st Semester 2nd Semester Summer Session Total
Tuition $30,956.00 $30,956.00 $15,478.00 $77,390.00

All other fees remain the same as for a resident student.

Dental Hygiene Tuition and Fees

Dental Hygiene‒Resident $237.41/credit hour
Dental Hygiene‒Nonresident $747.55/credit hour
Dental Hygiene (Class of 2019) Instruments $1,030.00/semester 3
Dental Hygiene (Class of 2018) Book & Instruments $1,900.00/semester
Technology Fee $103.00/semester
Equipment Replacement Fee $307.50/semester
Student Health Insurance $842.35/1st semester1
$1,179.29/2nd semester1
Library Fee $6.25/credit hour
Dental Hygiene (Lincoln Campus)-Student Fees $611.00/semester
$234.00/Summer2
1

Fee is waived if student has private insurance and completes the waiver form.  2nd semester fee includes summer session.

2

No fees for books, instruments, technological equipment, replacement fees during summer session.

3

Beginning with Fall 2017, the College will no longer issue books.   New incoming 2017 students will purchase their own books. No fee charged for books.

Dental and Dental Hygiene Estimated Living Expenses

For both Dental students and Dental Hygiene students, the estimated living expenses are $2,100.00/month.  Costs may vary (+/-) from the time of this printing.

Residency information

Students whose homes are not in Nebraska are considered nonresidents for tuition purposes. Nonresident students desiring to qualify for Nebraska residency may do so by meeting residency requirements as adopted by the Board of Regents on April 30, 1994. These regulations are on file in the registrar’s office and may be reviewed during normal business hours.

Tuition Refunds

A student who withdraws from the University during a term for which he/she is registered is entitled to claim a refund of tuition. The University’s current policy for a tuition refund is:

First week 100%
Second week 75%
Third week 50%
Fourth week 25%
Fifth week None

Financial Aid

Judith Walker, Director
Room 2046, Student life Center, Omaha
402-559-4199

The University of Nebraska Medical Center offers several financial aid opportunities to assist students in the financing of their health professions education. The UNMC Office of Financial Aid administers four basic types of aid; academic scholarship, grants, loans, and student employment.

Governed by the rules and regulations established by the U.S. Department of Education (Title IV) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Title VII) the Office of Financial Aid has adopted a consistent and equitable approach of awarding financial aid. The completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be eligible for all federal student aid funds (Title IV and Title VII).

The priority filing deadline for federal financial aid is April 1. Applications received on or before April 1 will receive priority consideration in the awarding of campus-based grants and loans.

Scholarships are awarded by the scholarship committees of each UNMC college: Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies. The Office of Financial Aid does not award scholarships. The timing of scholarship announcements is based on the committee’s selection of recipients. To ensure an equitable distribution of all financial aid, students are notified of their financial aid awards after scholarship selection committees have announced their scholarship recipients.

The UNMC Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to revise a student’s award package based on changes to a student’s enrollment status, outside funding received by a student, or changes in funding received at UNMC after the award letter is delivered. Students will be notified in writing of any changes made to their awards.

Questions regarding financial aid may be directed to 402-559-4199, 1-800-626-8431 or studentservices@unmc.edu. An open door policy is maintained in the Office of Financial Aid. Appointments are preferred but are not required.

Title IV Federal Financial Aid

The following programs are governed by the U.S. Department of Education rules and regulations. These programs are considered to be campus-based programs at UNMC. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronic data must be received in the Office of Financial Aid before April 1 to be considered for these “priority funds.”

Federal Perkins

The Federal Perkins Student Loan Program is a subsidized student loan (interest free) through graduation with a nine month grace period. Perkins loan funds awarded to Dental Hygiene students are eligible for loan forgiveness, if the undergraduate recipient practices full time in his or her chosen professional health career. This loan is provided to undergraduate students who demonstrate an unmet need in accordance with federal need analysis measures. Details on the four areas of loan forgiveness are provided on the Perkins promissory note or fact sheet: http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/exit_counseling.htm

FSEOG

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Available to undergraduate Pell grant recipients only.

FWS

Federal Work Study Program. Student employment on campus at $9/hour during the academic year. All students are encouraged to participate in a UNMC work experience if their time and schedule permit. Sufficient funds are available to fund anyone who wants to work. The Office of Financial Aid prefers to award these funds to students who specifically request the opportunity to work on campus. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for job placement, and hire if sincerely interested in working. These funds are federal student aid and do require the completion of the FAFSA and the student worker must demonstrate financial need.

Title VII Federal Financial Aid

The following programs are governed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rules and regulations. To be considered for HHS funding, the Department of Health and Human Services requires the parent financial information on the FAFSA. This regulation cannot be waived for any student regardless of their independent status (married, children, age, graduate, professional status). The parent financial information must be verified through the federally required verification process conducted by the UNMC Financial Aid Office. Parent financial information is used in determining Title VII loan eligibility only. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronic data must be received in the Office of Financial Aid before April 1 to be considered for these priority funds.

HPSL

Health Profession Student Loan: Available to Dentistry and Pharmacy students only. Awards are contingent on funding availability. Subsidized (interest free) student loan through graduation and one year after graduation. A 5% interest rate is assessed on the loan in repayment.

Students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid web site at: www.unmc.edu for additional information regarding the financial aid processes. Access the Student Website and Financial Aid links to arrive at the aid web site.

Refund of Student Financial Aid Funds

This federal regulation applies only to students who completely withdraw from their semester coursework.

Federal student financial aid is provided to students to fund their direct and indirect costs as determined by the institutional cost of education. Failure to complete a required term of enrollment may result in the need to refund or repay federal student financial aid for costs not incurred. The federal student aid regulations do not follow the institutional refund policy guidelines. The federal government imposes a much stricter policy of attendance and cost allowances. UNMC imposes a 100% penalty of tuition and fees after the fifth week of class. The U.S. Department of Education regulates that until a student completes 60% of each term, a refund or repayment of aid may be required if the student fails to complete the term of enrollment. If you were awarded federal student aid dollars to pay your costs, UNMC would not be entitled to keep 100% of the federal dollars until such time you were enrolled for 60% of the term. Until 60% of the term is completed, the Office of Financial Aid is required to recover federal student aid funds from your student account and “refund” them to the U.S. Department of Education. Returning the funds to the Direct Loan program will reduce your loan debt for current academic year.

If federal funds were used to pay your tuition and fees, and those federal funds are returned the U.S. Department of Education, you will be left with an outstanding tuition/fee student account balance—the aid is no longer on your account to pay 100% of your tuition and fees. If a student is issued a refund on their student account for living expenses, the Office of Financial Aid must also return living expense funds for periods of non-enrollment. These funds will also be recovered from your student account and returned to the U.S. Direct Loan program. You will be billed for the new outstanding student account balance. Failure to pay the outstanding student account balance will result in denial of: future registration at any of the University of Nebraska campuses; future financial aid eligibility at any University of Nebraska campus; denial of transcript processing requests at UNMC. Your student account may be turned over to a collection agency to collect any debts owed to UNMC.

Repayment of Student Financial Aid Funds

This federal regulation applies only to students who completely withdraw from their semester coursework.

In addition to receiving funds for your direct costs (tuition and fees), you also are provided funds for your living expenses. Failure to complete a term of enrollment will result in the “repayment” of funds for periods of non-enrollment. For this policy, financial aid is considered to be used first for payment of tuition, fees, and other payments to the University. Therefore, all or part of any unearned funds will be used to reimburse financial aid programs. If a student withdraws from the University for any reason, student financial aid dollars must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education for repayment to the respective federal aid programs. In accordance with federal laws, the following fund priority listing will be used when refunding and repaying funds to Title IV and non-Title IV aid programs for the academic term involved

A. Title IV Program

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  3. Federal Perkins Student Loan (FPSL)
  4. Federal Parent Loan (FPLUS)
  5. Federal Pell Grant
  6. Federal Supplemental Ed Op (FSEOG)

B. Non-Title IV Programs

  1. Health Profession Student Loan (HPSL)
  2. Nursing Student Loan
  3. Other Federal Grants
  4. State Grants
  5. University Scholarship/Grant
  6. University Loan

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

This regulation applies to all students in receipt of federal student financial aid. 

The following federal student aid policies apply to all students in receipt of federal student loans (loans, grants, work study). Students are responsible for reading/understanding these policies.If you have questions regarding the policies, please contact the UNMC Office of Financial Aid: 402-559-4199. Students are also responsible for the Student policies found on this Web page: http://wiki.unmc.edu/student_policies

Satisfactory academic progress: http://webmedia.unmc.edu/studentservices/docs/satisfactory-academic-progress011713.pdf

Return of Title IV funds: http://www.unmc.edu/financialaid/_documents/return-to-title-iv-funds-policy.pdf

  1. Students who have completed two or more years of college (all course work) must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Students not meeting this standard will be suspended from financial aid eligibility until the 2.0 GPA requirement is met. The suspension may be waived because of special circumstances (illness, injury, etc.).
  2. Undergraduate students must complete their program within 1.5 times of the published length of the educational program, measured at full-time status (i.e. Nursing program is four (4) semesters; students must complete the program in six (6) semesters or be terminated from financial aid). Students enrolled at less than full-time status must follow this standard as well (i.e. ½ time enrollment Nursing program eight (8) semesters; students must complete program in 12 semesters or be terminated from financial aid).
  3. Students choosing to enroll in a program at less than full-time status must, each academic year, in addition to 1 and 2 above, complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted.
  4. In addition, the following standards apply:
    College of Medicine: Full-time enrollment; maintain grades compatible with advancement. Complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted or progress to the next level of the program. Students required to repeat any academic year will not be eligible for financial aid for the repeat year unless granted an appeal from the financial aid office.

    College of Dentistry: Full-time enrollment; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted or progress to the next level of the program. Students required to repeat any academic year will not be eligible for financial aid for the repeat year unless granted an appeal from the financial aid office.

    College of Pharmacy: Full-time enrollment; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted or progress to the next level of the program. Students required to repeat any academic year will not be eligible for financial for the repeat year unless granted an appeal from the financial aid office.

    College of Allied Health Professions: Full-time enrollment; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted or progress to the next level of the program. Students required to repeat any academic year will not be eligible for financial aid for the repeat year unless granted an appeal from the financial aid office.

    College of Nursing-Undergraduate Students: Full-time enrollment; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Complete 75% of the cumulative hours attempted or progress to the next level of the program. In accordance with federal regulations, effective July 1, 2011, the cumulative hours attempted must include the program transfer credit requirements. Grades of D and below do not count as completed hours when measuring the 75% completion rate. Please refer to the College of Nursing Catalogue for information on grade evaluations.

    College of Nursing-Professional Students-MSN/DNP/PMC: Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted. Students who fail to complete 100% of the cumulative hours attempted each academic year will not be eligible for federal student aid until such time they successfully complete an entire academic year of enrollment. Be enrolled a minimum of three (3) credit hours per term. Professional nursing students are eligible for financial aid for those classes which are required for their professional nursing degree/certificate only.

    College of Public Health: Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted. Students who fail to complete 100% of the cumulative hours attempted each academic year will not be eligible for federal student aid until such time they successfully complete an entire academic year of enrollment. Be enrolled a minimum of four (4) credit hours per term. College of Public Health students are eligible for financial aid for those classes which are required for the Certificate or Masters programs. The College of Public Health grading scale is as follows:

    College of Graduate Studies: Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Complete 100% of the cumulative yearly hours attempted. Students who fail to complete 100% of the cumulative hours attempted each academic year will not be eligible for federal student aid until such time they successfully complete an academic year of enrollment. Be enrolled a minimum of four (4) credit hours per term. Graduate students are eligible for financial aid for those classes which are required for the Masters or Doctoral degree only.

The Medical Center Campus grading system for graduate students conforms with the system-wide grading scale. It is UNMC policy that graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. A grade point average of B- is not acceptable per Graduate College policy. Financial Aid will be terminated for failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Reinstatement of financial aid will be based on a recommendation from the Executive Associate Dean of the Graduate College.

A+ 4.0
A 4.0
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.0
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.0
C- 1.6
D+ 1.33
D 1.0
D- 0.6
F 0.0

Grades of (F) Failing, (I) Incomplete, (W) Withdraw, (WP) Withdraw Passing, (WF) Withdraw Failing, and (NR) No Report will count as hours attempted and will not count as hours completed.

Academic Year is defined as the period of time established by each college/school in their academic calendar. Progress shall normally be measured as soon as possible after the end of each academic year. Students failing to meet the above standards, or students academically suspended from their college, will not be eligible for financial aid eligibility.

Reinstatement of aid eligibility will occur when the student meets the minimum GPA requirements and progresses to the next level of the program. Students will be notified, in writing, by the Office of Financial Aid of their aid suspension upon receipt of progress advisement from colleges/programs. Students enrolled in programs with academic calendars greater than nine (9) months are advised to review their progress with their program in the spring to determine the likelihood of not meeting the above standards and plan accordingly.

Appeal and Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

If extenuating circumstances have affected a student’s progress, a written appeal must be received by the Financial Aid Office within 30 days of the date of the suspension notification. The following circumstances may qualify for a legitimate appeal:

  1. Student illness requiring physician’s care in excess of several weeks.
  2. Major illness or death in the student’s immediate family (spouse, mother, father, child, etc.)
  3. Legal issues which force the student to compromise class attendance for an extended period of time.

The following must be included in the appeal letter:

The appeal letter must be submitted by the student. Appeals must explain the reason the student failed to progress to the next level of the program. The appeal must include a description of a program approved action plan to insure successful completion in the repeat year (working with the Academic Success program/assigned tutoring/advising plan). Students should detail the approved action plan/and program administrator with whom they are working to insure success.

Graduate students placed on Student Academic Probation (SAP) suspension for failure to complete 100% of their attempted credit hours must include their projected enrollment plan for the next academic year and a statement to insure they understand that failure to complete 100% of the attempted hours will result in financial aid suspension until such time they complete 100% of their attempted hours for an academic year.

Appeals will be reviewed and a written response sent to the student within ten days of the decision. Students are granted only one appeal and reinstatement of aid for their UNMC education. Students who are required to repeat courses/semesters/academic years more than once are suspended from financial aid until such time they progress to the next level of curriculum.

Textbooks, Instruments and Materials

All required textbooks and dental instruments issued to the student are the property of the College of Dentistry. As these items become necessary for the various courses, they are issued to the student. Upon completion of the course and the conferring of the degree, all issued equipment and instruments are to be returned to the College in satisfactory condition. If any issued item is lost or damaged beyond usefulness, the student must replace it at his/her own expense. If for any reason additional supplies become necessary, the student must pay for the needed item(s).

Should a student leave the College before graduation with a degree, all issued books, instruments, and unused supplies must be returned to the College of Dentistry before any University Tuition and General Fee refunds will be made. The College does not furnish pens, pencils, notebooks, or paper.

Dental Student Books, Equipment & Supply Policy Class of 2004 and Subsequent Years

Books

All books issued to dental students by the College are issued on a lease/purchase arrangement until the student graduates from the College. Upon completion of the dental program and the conferral of the D.D.S. degree, all issued books become the property of the student.  Beginning with Fall 2017, the college will no longer issue books to entering students. Students will be responsible for obtaining assigned books. This policy will continue annually until no books will be issued by the college.

Equipment

Equipment and dental instruments are leased to students and checked out as needed for specific purposes. They are to be returned in satisfactory condition. Students are financially responsible for damaged or lost equipment and dental instruments as follows:

Handpieces and Titan Scalers

  • First $100 of repair cost for damaged handpieces/handpiece components or Titan Scalers
  • 50% replacement fee for first lost handpiece/handpiece components (either high speed or slow speed handpiece/components)
  • 50% replacement fee for first lost Titan Scaler
  • 100% replacement fee for lost handpieces/components and Titan Scalers after first lost handpiece/components or Titan Scaler

Hand Instruments

  • No charge for first 10 damaged hand instruments (if exchanged for a new instrument)
  • $4/hand instrument for first 10 lost hand instruments
  • Full replacement fee for damaged or lost hand instruments after the first 10 damaged/first 10 lost

Other Equipment and Instruments (including but not limited to articulators and cassettes)

  • First $100 of repair cost for damaged other equipment or instruments
  • 50% replacement fee for lost other equipment or instruments

Fees for Supplies and Services

Students pay a service fee which provides for a limited amount of printed, photocopied or electronic course materials, basic and preclinical laboratory supplies, use and laundering of COD clinic gowns, pre-clinical and clinical dispensing services and other items or services necessary for student participation in the academic programs at the College.

Withdrawal of Students

If a student leaves the program before graduation, all issued equipment and supplies must be returned before the College will authorize any University tuition and general fee refunds, release of transcripts and letters of recommendation or any other information as determined by the College.

If a withdrawing student wishes to have a refund on issued books, the returned books will be submitted by the College of Dentistry to the UNMC Bookstore for possible acceptance for refunds. A student will be eligible to receive any refunds issued by the UNMC Bookstore up to a maximum determined by the College of Dentistry. The maximum will take into account recapture of subsidy for books by the College of Dentistry. The student may keep any books for which the UNMC Bookstore will not issue a refund.

Housing Facilities

Information about available housing for families or single students can be obtained from the Division of University Housing, 1115 N. 16th Street, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Box 880622, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0622, (402) 472-3561.

Placement Service

The College of Dentistry maintains a placement information service for students and recent graduates to aid them in finding practice locations and associateship opportunities. Dentists who wish to sell their practice or acquire an associate may contact the College to have the opportunity listed and presented to students.

Student Information

The Division of Student Services of the Medical Center regularly publishes a Student Handbook, which contains information on many subjects of interest to students. Handbooks may be obtained from the UNMC website and is linked in the COD Operations Manual on the COD Intranet.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
ORBI 505 HUMAN ANATOMY 3
ORBI 519 GENERAL HISTOLOGY 3
ADRS 529 DENTAL ANATOMY 2
ADRS 531 DENTAL MATERIALS 4
ORBI 535 CRITICAL THINKING I 0
ORBI 545 BIOCHEM DENT STUDENTS 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ORBI 506 HEAD & NECK ANATOMY 3
ORBI 514 FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY 2
ORBI 518 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY 5
ORBI 522 ORAL HISTOL&EMBRYOL 2
ADRS 530 OCCLUSION 2
ADRS 532 OPERATIVE DENTISTRY I 4
ORBI 539 GENERAL PATHOLOGY I 2
 Credit Hours20
Summer
ORBI 525 ORAL & MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY 3
ORBI 535 CRITICAL THINKING I 1
PERO 538 THEORETICAL PERIODONTOLOGY 2
ORBI 540 GENERAL PATHOLOGY II 3
ORBI 571 REVIEW OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 0
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
First Semester
PERO 553 PERIODONTAL THERAPY 2
ADRS 555 OPERATIVE DENTISTRY II 4
ORSU 557 MEDICAL EMERGENCIES(yearly) 0
ADRS 559 PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT 2
ORBI 561 INTRODUCTION TO ORAL RADIOLOGY 2
ADRS 563 REMOVABLE PROSTHODONTICS I 4
ORBI 571 REVIEW OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 1
ORBI 581 HUMAN BEHAV ANALYSIS 2
ENDO 585 BIOLOGY DENTAL PULP 1
ORSU 597 ORAL SURGERY & LOCAL ANESTHESIA 1
ORBI 620 RESEARCH, ETHICS AND PUBLIC HEALTH(yearly) 0
 Credit Hours19
Second Semester
ADRS 556 CARIOLOGY 1
ORSU 557 MEDICAL EMERGENCIES 1
ORBI 562 RADIOGRAPHIC INTERPRETATION 1
ORBI 566 ORAL PATHOLOGY 3
ADRS 570 REMOVABLE PROSTHODONTICS II 2
ADRS 572 DIAGNOSIS & TREATMNT PLANNING 2
ADRS 574 FIXED PROSTHODONTICS I 4
ORTHO 576 ORTHODONTIC CONCEPTS I 1
ENDO 586 ENDODONTIC THERAPY I 2
PEDI 592 DENTAL AUXILIARY UTILIZATION(DAU) 1
PEDI 596 PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 2
DENT 661 COMP CLINICAL CARE 0
 Credit Hours20
Summer
ADRS 580 FIXED PROSTHODONTICS II 1
ADRS 589 BASICS OF DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGY 1
ADRS 593 TM DISORDERS AND SLEEP DISORDERS 1
DENT 661 COMP CLINICAL CARE 5
 Credit Hours8
Third Year
First Semester
ORBI 601 PROBLEMS IN PATIENT MANAGEMENT 1
ENDO 605 ENDODONTIC THERAPY II 1
PERO 606 PERIODONTAL TREATMENT I 1
ORSU 625 ORAL SURGERY DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT 2
ORBI 639 GENERAL PHARMACOLOGY FOR DENTAL STUDENTS 3
ORBI 648 ORAL MEDICINE 1
DENT 662 COMP CLINICAL CARE 0
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
ORBI 610 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 3
ADRS 616 ADVANCED TOPICS IN OPERATIVE DENTISTRY 1
ORBI 620 RESEARCH, ETHICS AND PUBLIC HEALTH 1
ORTHO 632 ORTHODONTIC CONCEPTS II 1
ORSU 640 CONSCIOUS SEDATION & PAIN CONTROL 1
DENT 662 COMP CLINICAL CARE 0
 Credit Hours7
Summer
ADRS 633 ADV TOPICS IN PROSTHODONTICS 1
ADRS 644 ORAL HEALTH & DENTISTRY FOR THE OLDER ADULT 1
ORBI 687 SEMINAR IN PRACTICE TRANSITION (yearly) 0
DENT 662 COMP CLINICAL CARE 21
 Credit Hours23
Fourth Year
First Semester
ORBI 653 ORAL PHARMACOLOGY 1
PERO 655 PERIODONTAL TREATMENT II 1
ORBI 687 SEMINAR IN PRACTICE TRANSITION 2
DENT 694 REVIEW OF CLINICAL SCIENCES 1
DENT 663 COMP CLINICAL CARE 0
 Credit Hours5
Second Semester
DENT 663 COMP CLINICAL CARE 16
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours152