As a College we exhibit traditional values of scholarly work, a learning community, and academic freedom.  As a College of Dental Medicine, we recognize that oral health care is the practice of medicine and surgery and is integrated into all other aspects of health care.  The degree D.M.D. reflects doctoral level of knowledge and skills and recognizes that oral health care is not surgical care alone but includes the behavioral, social, and medical management aspects of oral diseases.

The integration of oral health into human health requires dentists who are capable of performing at the highest level in an ever more complex and demanding environment of emerging technology, social change, human disease management, and evolving health systems.  The CNUCDM is developing a curriculum with four basic themes into which all didactic and clinical content will be served.   These four themes are:  Human Systems, Odontology, Oral and Maxillofacial Studies, and Behavioral and Social Sciences.  The CNUCDM will develop clinical delivery programs at the highest level on campus and across the region with health system partners that promote preventative health strategies, and value-based care in a health science educational model.  These programs will be integrated to the greatest extent with other health resources within health systems and in the community beyond.

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The Vision of the College of Dental Medicine is to provide constructive innovation in its education programs, and leadership in integrating oral health care into human health care systems.

To advance the art and science of health through education, service, scholarship, and social accountability.

The College of Dental Medicine (CDM) achieves these goals through:

  • Student education,
  • community services,
  • research,
  • leadership in the community and profession,
  • high quality clinical care,
  • continuous outcomes assessment and improvement,
  • ongoing faculty development,
  • and an emphasis on diversity and inclusion

College of Dental Medicine Values:

  • Patient-centered didactic and clinical education that always puts improved health outcomes first
  • Foster a humanistic and character-developing environment for dental students
  • Making better communities and a better world through improved oral health
  • Understanding the professional responsibility of the dentist as the head of the oral health care team
  • Practicing health promotion and disease prevention and protection
  • Advancing California Northstate University through excellence in all we do

The College of Dental Medicine Embraces the California Northstate University WECARE Values of:

  • Working as a team
  • Embracing diversity and workplace excellence
  • Caring about our students, our staff, our faculty, and our profession
  • Advancing our university, our goals, and our discipline
  • Responding to challenges that may impede our Mission
  • Enhancing communication and partnership