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New Agreement Opens Opportunities for Aspiring Native American Students

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Strengthening the ties between education institutions, East Carolina University’s (ECU) School of Dental Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) have collaborated to offer an early assurance agreement (EAA) for aspiring dental students.

The agreement ensures qualified UNCP undergraduate students entry to the Doctor of Dental Medicine Program at ECU School of Dental Medicine if they meet certain requirements.

Pro­spective dental students must reside in North Carolina’s Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Halifax, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, or Warren counties. They will receive mentoring throughout their undergraduate careers so they are prepared for the rigors of dental school.

Founded in 1887 as Croatan Normal School, UNCP is the United States’ only 4-year public institution created by Native Americans for Native Americans. The university is located in a rural region where access-to-care is a significant problem. Both institutions hope this partnership will increase the number of Native American oral health professionals practicing in the area.

From Decisions in Dentistry. September 2023; 1(8):10

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