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You've found it! A truly unique program designed to introduce under graduate students to the wide range of career options associated with the Dental Profession. Rutgers School of Dental Medicine offers all prospective applicants challenging and informative hands on dental experience. This is an intensive internship based at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, New Jersey. Gateway to Dentistry is a 2-week interactive program that affords each participant a birds-eye exposure to the various aspects of the practice of dentistry.


  • Introduction to student life;
  • Hands on clinical techniques;
  • Introduction to dental specialties;
  • Preclinical laboratory procedures;
  • Financial aid projections;
  • Admissions process & counseling
  • Research opportunities and much more!

The program is open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students and qualified recent graduates.

If you are not certain of your career options or even if you have decided on dentistry as a profession, "Gateway to Dentistry" will assist you in the critical decision making process with regard to future educational and career planning.

The Dental School is located in the University Heights Section of Newark, NJ. It is situated on a beautiful urban campus and is an integral component of the Rutgers Higher Education System. With New York City just ten miles away, the opportunity exists for you to experience Broadway theaters, world-renowned museums, and top-name entertainment.

Contact Persons:
Maritza Camacho, Program Assistant: (973) 972-1645, E-mail:

Program Dates:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – January 13, 2017 (PROGRAM CLOSED)
(Deadline for receipt of application and all documentation: October 11, 2016)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – June 9, 2017 (PROGRAM CLOSED)
(Deadline for receipt of application and all documentation: October 11, 2016)


Applicants Must:

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from college.
  • Have completed at least one semester of college and taken some science courses
  • In-state and out-of-state residents are eligible to apply.
  • Students who have participated in the articulated BS/DMD program or who have been accepted to RSDM are not eligible to participate in the Gateway to Dentistry Program


  • Submit an on-line application form and required documentation:
    • a letter of recommendation from your Pre-Dental advisor or any basic science professor
    • a current official transcript from every college attended
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $50.00(payable to RSDM)
  • Photo identification or valid driver’s license

Gateway Participants Must:

  • Be responsible for all personal expenses including:
    - Room
    - Board
    - Transportation
  • Carry their own health insurance
  • Wear sneakers at all times during the program
  • Long hair must be pulled back
  • Submit a $150.00 dollar equipment & materials fee(payable to RSDM).

All Documents Must be Forwarded to:
Maritza Camacho
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Office of Student Affairs, B830
Newark, NJ 07103

*No applications will be considered unless all documentation is received by established deadlines and criteria are met.

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine WILL SUPPLY APPLICANTS WITH

  • all dental materials
  • surgical scrub attire
  • infection control materials
  • parking tags

Directions To RSDM

Sample Schedules

* Please be advised that participation in the program does not imply or guarantee acceptance in the academic program of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.