The Gateway to Dentistry program introduces college students to the wide range of career options associated with the Dental Profession. Participants are engaged in challenging and informative hands on dental experiences. “Gateway to Dentistry” is an 8-day interactive internship that affords each participant exposure to the various aspects 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, Admissions Coordinator: (973) 972-1645, E-mail:

Program Dates:

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – Friday, January 14, 2022
(Deadline for receipt of application and all documentation: October 15, 2021 and email with our decision will be sent out on or about November 1, 2021.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Friday, June 10, 2022
(Deadline for receipt of application and all documentation: January 15, 2022 and email with our decision will be sent out on or about February 17, 2022.)



Applicants Must

  • Good academic standing.
  • Currently enrolled in or recent college graduate.
  • Have taken some science courses
  • In-state and out-of-state residents are eligible to apply.
  • Students who have been accepted  or applied to any dental school 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 all undergraduate 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
  • Long or artificial nails are not allowed
  • Submit  $170.00 for equipment, materials and identification badge required by the University (payable to RSDM) once accepted into the program.

All Documents Must be Forwarded to:
Maritza Camacho
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Office of Admissions
110 Bergen St., B829
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


Gateway to Dentistry Externships Application

Recommendation Form

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