WELCOME MESSAGE!

Welcome to the California Northstate University College of Dental Medicine.  We are America’s youngest dental school with a unique mission to gain the benefits of good oral health to the people of Northern California and beyond.  We intend to recruit the most committed and capable students, staff and faculty who are devoted to caring for the sick in an integrated health education and delivery environment.  We will seek out and serve those who otherwise do not have the means to care for their ailments and by helping them through improved oral health, improve their lives and the sustenance of their families, employers, friends, and their communities.  Making a better world through improved oral health truly begins with us.

We will care for those whose conditions are complex and require the care that an expert faculty in an integrated health care system in an academic health center can provide.  We will educate the next great generation of oral health professionals with a forward-thinking curriculum that emphasizes Human Systems, Odontology, Oral/Maxillofacial Studies, and Behavioral/Social Sciences.  Our education and our clinical care will emphasize the inter-professional teams and community resources needed to achieve desirable health outcomes.

To achieve this, you will find the College of Dental Medicine to have a remarkable array of students like you who see learning and practicing dental medicine as a life’s vocation worthy of the exceptional effort, talent, personal values, and desire to achieve excellence it requires.   You will be able to model your growth as a clinician with faculty and staff who will serve as role models in your development.  You will have the very best educational resources, clinical environments and faculty with which to care for patients and produce the highest levels of patient care.

Accreditation and Application Update

April 2020

Dear Prospective College of Dental Medicine Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in CNU’s College of Dental Medicine (CDM). We are pleased to have had such a positive response since opening the application portal on the CDM website on 4/2/2020. Unfortunately, we have just received confirmation from CODA that without exception, as a result of COVID, all accreditation site visits for 2020 have been cancelled. Once the impact of COVID-related travel and work restrictions are known to CODA they will begin rescheduling accreditation site visits. This means that the start of the inaugural class will be postponed, pending accreditation, until the fall of 2021. Any application fees since April 2nd that we have received will be refunded starting the end of April.

Once we know the date of the accreditation site visit, we will inform interested candidates. At that time we should be able to work out the details of whether the timing of the site visit will permit CNU participation in the AADSAS application or require CNU to employ a stand-alone application process similar to this year.

With this week’s news from CODA, we wanted to inform you so that you could make adjustments to your academic plans for the future. Any applications and supporting documents that we have received will be saved for the following year. If you wish to apply next year, you will be required to advise us via email of your intent to reapply to CNU. At that time we will direct you on what information may need updating.

We are saddened by this news. We at CNU were very much hoping for a first class later this year. Looking forward, we will take advantage of the time to further develop our curriculum, optimize the safety our facilities, and make the future College of Dental Medicine at California Northstate University even better for 2021. We hope to see you then.

Stay safe and well,

Stay safe and be well,
Kevin M Keating, DDS, MS
Dean and Professor

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