Prospective students looking to study dentistry in Nigeria, and would love to do so at the best universities that offer the course would greatly benefit from this article as it serves as a guide and a pointer to the best schools in Nigeria that offer dentistry. These top dental universities in the country have distinguished themselves from the rest over the passage of time.
If you are looking to study oral medicine or dental technology as some tertiary institutions may call it, there are things that you should be aware of and one very important information is that it generally takes up to six years to study this course in the university.
Also, prospective students are admitted to study this course in the higher institutions of learning via the faculty of medicine of their respective schools of choice and they are required to have at least 5 credits at their O Level which includes all their core science subjects along with Mathematics and English Language.
A level schools who are preparing their students to get direct admission into 200 level of their universities of choice are advised to prepare these students to pass at least three subjects in their exams, which include Biology/Zoology, Physics and Chemistry.
Dentistry is no doubt one of the most esteemed courses to study in the country, and the profession is lucrative should you choose to pursue a career in that field.
TOP ACCREDITED DENTAL SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA 2020 (CURRENT RANKING): FULL LIST
The top 10 best accredited universities to study dentistry in Nigeria are given in no particular order as follows:
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, IDI-ARABA
One of the most prestigious and sort after schools to study dentistry in the country is the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, situated at Idi-Araba, in the Surulere area of the State.
At the College, there is a Faculty of Dental Sciences which offers dentistry as a course. This faculty is the oldest dental school in the whole of West Africa as it was established in the year 1964.
Because of its rich history and excellence in this field of medical science over the years, it comes as no surprise to see prospective students choose the school over many others in the country. Some of the best dentists in the country are alumni of the school.
COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE
The College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U), is located in Ile-Ife, Osun State. The school was founded 1975 and it is third oldest dental school in Nigeria presently.
The school evolves technologically as it seeks to continuously rank among the best in the country and Africa at large and one thing that stands it out is its use of problem solving approach to teach its clinical studies.
The school is driven by the need to address oral health issues among individuals in its immediate environment and the country at large
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN
The College of Medicine of the first University in Nigeria obviously ranks among the best in the country.
Since Nigeria’s independence, the University of Ibadan has been in existence and with the passage of time, it has established some of the best faculties and colleges in the country of which the College of Medicine, which the Faculty of Dentistry falls under, ranks among.
The school has produced some renowned dentists in the country who are among those performing well globally. Departments in the School of Dental Sciences include Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Oral pathology/Oral Medicine, Child Oral Health, Periodontology and Community Dentistry as well as Restorative Dentistry.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, ENUGU CAMPUS
The dental school of the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus is one of the best dental schools in the country.
It is housed under the College of Medicine of the school in Enugu and has over the years, been one of the pace setters in the matters that concern oral health and oral hygiene in the country.
The University of Nigeria is one of the pioneer universities in the country and since inception, it has maintained its reputation for academic excellence to this day.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY, IKEJA
Operated by the Lagos State Government, this Dental School is part of the College of Medicine of the school and it was founded 1999.
It is equipped with facilities that can rival some of the best in the country and in West Africa at large.
If you reside in Lagos and its surrounding States, and you want to study this course, it would do you a whole world of good if you include Lagos State University in your plans.
COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF BENIN
If you are looking to study dentistry in one of the most prestigious universities in the country, the College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin is one of the schools you should consider.
Founded in 1970 in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, this dental school is one of the first generation schools in Nigeria.
The college supports strong research programmes in basic and clinical sciences as well as social and behavioural science, and public health.
FACULTY OF DENTISTRY, BAYERO UNIVERSITY KANO
Going by the information on the school’s website, the faculty of dentistry at the Bayero University, Kano was set up to train high level dental manpower with excellence in diagnosis, management and prevention of oral and peri-oral disease conditions and with acquisition of skills relevant to the planning of oral health needs of the North-western zone of the country in particular and the entire nation at large.
If you reside in the northern part of the country and you are interested in becoming a dental health practitioner, you should look up this university as it is what you need realize your ambitions in this chosen field.
COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT
The University of Port Harcourt, located in Rivers State, is one of the most prestigious tertiary institutions in the country, operated by Federal Government.
In 2015, the school was ranked sixth in Africa and first in Nigeria by the Times Higher Education. The dental school at this University, going by the standards of the school as a whole, is one of the best in the country.
COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MAIDUGURI
The Dental School of the University of Maiduguri, widely regarded as UNIMAID, is under the College of Medical Sciences at the institution.
It is one of the best in the country and one of the foremost schools in the northern part of Nigeria.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, NIGER DELTA UNIVERSITY
The Niger Delta University admitted its first set of medical/dental students during the 2001/2002 session.
This college is known to provide a solid scientific and professional basis for healthcare practice on the platform of the Primary Health Care (PHC).
This is achieved by training the students to practice evidence-based medical and allied medical sciences anywhere in the world.