Tufts University is offering $1.25 million in dental work and other services to help students graduate and get back to work after a major dental accident.
Tufts University announced the dental work program Wednesday, and said it was part of the school’s commitment to help dentists graduate and earn a living.
“Tufts is committed to providing dental care for our students,” said the university in a statement.
“This dental program will help our students obtain and maintain the dental skills they need to be successful in the dental workforce.”
The program is available for students who have been injured or who are currently hospitalized with dental issues.
The dental program is expected to cost $1,746,000.
Tuft University President Paul Biondi said in a written statement that the dental program was designed to “give dental students the opportunity to get back on their feet and to build their dental skills.”
Tufts said it will provide dental education at four schools in the city, but added that dental work can be a challenging career path.
“The challenge is to balance the need for students to learn new skills with the desire to retain their health insurance, which often means that students are forced to work longer hours to make ends meet,” the statement said.
The program was created with the goal of “furthering dental education and supporting the community’s need for dental professionals,” the university said.
It is expected that many students will not be able to finish their degree.
Students can apply for the dental school program through the university’s website, and the university hopes to have it open for classes in the fall of 2021.