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A new dental school represents a world of opportunities for motivated individuals to become competent, emphatic, and ethical dentists. Our carefully developed program will be based at our Ponce campus, known for its top-notch academic programs and nationally recognized research activities. Our institution is driven by excellence and quality in health sciences education. This culture will be deeply rooted in our Dental Medicine program to benefit our amazing academic and student community. The School of Dental Medicine’s leadership and faculty are firmly committed to offering and promoting evidence-based education, a competency-driven curriculum, meaningful service to our communities, and making significant scientific contributions to oral health. We invite you to become part of the PHSU School of Dental Medicine as a student, professor, patient, staff, or collaborator. As the Dean, I am delighted to welcome each one of you to our school.

Dr. Noel J. Aymat

School of Dental Medicine
Ponce Health Sciences University

Welcome to
School of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine (SDM) Predoctoral Dental (DMD) Education Program is the newest addition to the Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) academic offerings. The establishment of this program represents PHSU’s commitment to providing additional training opportunities that will benefit all sectors of southern Puerto Rico. For more than six years, our institution has meticulously planned and designed all aspects of the educational experience that will be provided to our students. This process ultimately led to the initial accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). We are excited to welcome our first class in August 2024. The DMD program will receive applications for the August 2024 class in late Summer 2023


Our institution strives to expose students and faculty to a diverse population so they can succeed in an increasingly diverse workplace and global communication culture. An academic environment fostering interaction among diverse students and faculty will significantly prepare our graduates to provide the high-quality care all communities deserve.

Academic Programs

Dental Medicine Doctor (DMD)

The PHSU-SDM DMD program Admission Committee will identify diversity as desirable in all applicants. Our school policy will be: “The PHSU SDM values having a diverse student population from all backgrounds and therefore accepts candidates from the USA mainland and non-traditional academic backgrounds.” Our goal is that when students complete their dental training, they will be better equipped to care for patients in a diverse society. Our institution has identified two groups that will add diversity to our student body and, eventually, the dental workforce. These are low socioeconomic status and first-generation university students. We strongly believe that having these groups represented among our students will help prepare our graduates to better address the issues related to health disparities in the communities that we serve.

Faculty and staff

PHSU’s strategic plan is to enhance diversity among its faculty. PHSU is actively recruiting excellent candidates to its ranks, focusing on enhancing diversity among its faculty. In addition, new faculty members are paired with a senior mentor for individually tailored career development plans to assist in their professional development and help them integrate into the bilingual Hispanic culture, a hallmark of the Puerto Rican community.

PHSU SDM Administrative Structure

  • Dr. Noel J. Aymat-Santana, Dean of School of Dental Medicine
  • Dr. Margarita Bonilla-Claudio,  Associate Dean and Assistant Dean of Research
  • Dr. Wilda Guzmán, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Héctor Morales, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Guillermo Armaiz-Peña, Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Ms. Nicole Rivera, Administrative Assistant, Deans Office


For more information regarding the program please contact the Admissions Office

 (787) 840-2575 ext. 5742 or 5724

The application process for the PHSU SDM DMD program will begin in late Summer 2023.


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We are working on providing you with an improved and updated application experience. You will soon receive information about the launch of our new application portal for the 2023-24 academic year

For MD Secondary Application click HERE