ND Information Sheet for Dental Students

North Dakota is a rural state with a population of 635,000 and open spaces to the tune of 69,000 square miles. It has four city areas of 35,000 to 90,000 people, two in the east (Fargo and Grand Forks) and two in the central (Bismarck and Minot) part of the state. It has five cities between 10,000 and 20,000 people, two in the east (Jamestown and West Fargo), one in the central (Mandan) and two in the west (Williston and Dickinson) part of the state. It has numerous towns between 3,000 and 8,000 people, also. The climate is definitely four seasons, with July average highs of 84 and January average highs of 19.

North Dakota offers some of the nation’s best hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor recreational opportunities. It has numerous state parks and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western North Dakota Badlands area. Man made Lake Sakakawea is a reservoir of the Missouri River and is over 100 miles in length. The lush, green Red River Valley has some of the nations most productive farmland.

North Dakota students continually score above the national average in ACT and SAT scores. This coupled with the nation’s 49th lowest crime rate, makes North Dakota a great place to live and raise a family.  

For potential new dentists, North Dakota offers several loan repayment programs that can pay back tuition in various amounts for up to four years while practicing in North Dakota. To learn more about this program, check the North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA) website. To apply for loan repayment, contact Mary Amundson at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences via e-mail at: mary.amundson@med.und.edu

If you are looking to buy or associate with an existing practice, our website lists dental offices that have such openings. You can find these opportunities under our Dental Career Resources link on our homepage, or by clicking here.  

Organized dentistry is very strong and active in North Dakota, with over 85 % of the state’s dentists belonging to the American Dental Association, NDDA and their local society. The national average is 73%. The dues is reduced for the new dental graduate for the first 4 years. The state’s annual meeting is held in mid September and rotates between Fargo and Bismarck.  The House of Delegates is held each year at the annual meeting. There is also a mid winter meeting each year the third weekend of January.  With these two major meetings and the activity within the local societies, continuing education opportunities abound within the state, most with nationally recognized speakers and clinicians. Members may attend these conferences and meetings for a vastly reduced fee.  

North Dakota dentists enjoy a healthy relationship with the state’s legislature due to the strength of the NDDA. The NDDA also works hard to keep positive relationships with the Board of Dental Examiners and the state hygienists and assistants associations. This is done without compromising the integrity of the NDDA and the practice of dentistry in the state of North Dakota to best serve the citizens of the state.

We hope you consider North Dakota when making your plans for a future in dentistry. It’s a great place to live and, especially, a great place to practice dentistry!