Welcoming our first class in 2025

The first public dental college in Northeast Ohio

Exceptional clinical experiences for our students. Exceptional quality of care for our communities.

Who we are

A group of NEOMED students jump at the same time, their arms extended upward.The NEOMED Bitonte College of Dentistry is not just another dentistry program. We are developing a fresh approach to educating future dentists based on our 50 years of creating transformational leaders in medicine, pharmacy and other fields.

We will offer:

  • an innovative curriculum,
  • new facilities,
  • real-world professional training and
  • an exceptional experience in dental education.


Three students in white coats share a laugh during a social event on campusThough our application will not open before summer 2024 pending accreditation approval, you can start exploring today. We offer tips, along with requirements for admission and pre-requisites.



Two dental professionals examine a denture.We are developing a curriculum, student support programs, and varied clinical experiences that will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities in dentistry.

Clinical experience during dental school is essential for your success. At NEOMED, in addition to a solid foundation established in our on campus clinical training, much of your clinical education will occur at community-based (off-campus) training sites, where you will work with a variety of patients, including in rural and underserved communities. You will be exposed to different cultures and different perspectives on dental care.

Curriculum and clinical experiences

Your career

Dentistry offers strong job prospects and a rewarding career.


Median annual wage for dentists, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2021)


Rank of dentists in U.S. News and World Report‘s list of best jobs in health care.


Rank of dentists in U.S. News and World Report‘s list of best jobs overall.


A map of Northeast Ohio, showing NEOMED's location south of Cleveland and east of Akron.Northeast Ohio Medical University, or NEOMED, is a thriving health professions university located in one of the nation’s foremost regions for health care and research. As one of Ohio’s 14 state universities, we serve the region and beyond as northeast Ohio’s state university academic health center.

We have four colleges — in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and graduate studies — and we offer Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical and life science areas.

Now we’re bringing over 50 years of health professions expertise to educate dentists through the Bitonte College of Dentistry. Join us!

About our college


This table shows the major milestones in our journey to accreditation. Learn what accreditation is and why it is important.

Date Milestone
February 2023 Bitonte College of Dentistry submitted to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) the CODA Application for Initial Accreditation.
July 2023 Formal approval by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) was granted to offer the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree program.
December 2023 NEOMED hosted an onsite “Change Visit” by its institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), for approval to offer the DDS degree program.
February 2024 Results from HLC Change Visit anticipated.
April 4-5, 2024 CODA to conduct a site visit on the Rootstown campus as part of the process for Initial Accreditation. Third-party comments are welcome as part of our initial accreditation process.
August 2024 Results from CODA site visit anticipated.

Bitonte College of Dentistry

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