For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School
UMDNJ and Saint Peter's College Create
Partnership To Offer an Accelerated Dental Program
A new partnership between the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-New Jersey Dental School and Saint Peter's
College will give future dental students an opportunity to earn
both an undergraduate and a doctor of dental medicine degree in
Administrators from the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School and Saint
Peter's College have signed an agreement creating a dental program
that will allow qualified students to earn a dual degree in seven
Students who are accepted into the program will major in biology
and complete their undergraduate course work at Saint Peter's
College in three rather than four years. Then the students will
complete the requirements for their doctor of dental medicine
(D.M.D.) degree at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School.
At commencement, graduates will receive a bachelor of science
(B.S.) degree from Saint Peter's College, in Jersey City, and
a doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Dental School, in Newark.
Individuals who are eligible for this accelerated dental program
include high school seniors who graduate in the top 10 percent
of their class and have a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score
of at least 1250. A joint committee comprising faculty members
from both UMDNJ and Saint Peter's College will monitor the academic
performance of students enrolled in the program.
Saint Peter's joins Caldwell College and Fairleigh Dickinson
University as the only private schools in New Jersey to have such
an agreement with the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
comprises the state's only three medical schools, its only dental
school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, school of health
related professions, school of nursing and a school of public
health on campuses in Newark, Piscataway/New Brunswick, Scotch
Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ also operates UMDNJ-University
Hospital in Newark and University Behavioral HealthCare. It is
affiliated with more than 200 health care and educational institutions
throughout the state.
Saint Peter's College is the Jesuit College of New Jersey. Founded
in 1872, Saint Peter's has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students
in undergraduate and graduate programs. The main campus is located
in Jersey City and a branch campus, specializing in adult education,
is located in Englewood Cliffs. Saint Peter's also offers classes
in downtown Jersey City near the waterfront financial district
and in South Amboy.