College of Dental Medicine

College of Dental Medicine

Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine is projected to open in 2022 in Joplin, Mo., and will seat a class of 80 students. The new college will address significant and growing oral health needs in the four-state region of southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas, northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas.

The dental curriculum will focus on early clinical training and issues related to community and population health. Fourth-year dental students will provide comprehensive oral health care to thousands of underserved patients in partner sites throughout the region under the supervision of adjunct faculty preceptors. 

Answering the Call

College of Dental Medicine's Regional ImpactKCU’s College of Dental Medicine will address the significant and growing oral health needs of the four-state region. With only three dental schools in the entire area, there is a challenge in training an adequate number of dentists to help meet these needs. Nearly all counties within a 125-mile radius of Joplin qualify as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSAs) by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Economic Impact

Economic Impact of the College of Dental Medicine

Significant funding for the project comes from the generosity of the Harry M. Cornell, the Sunderland Foundation, Dr. Larry McIntire and Mr. Rudy Farber and the Farber Foundation. If you're interested in supporting KCU's College of Dental Medicine, please contact the Office of Advancement at