College in Arkansas addresses dentists shortage with plans for new dental school

Batesville, Ark.-based Lyon College is planning to create a new dental school in Little Rock, Ark., ABC affiliate KATV reported April 12.

The dental school will be part of the new Lyon College Institute of Health Sciences.

"With no in-state options, aspiring dental students in Arkansas are forced to pay out-of-state tuition, which is significantly greater than in-state tuition fees. Once students migrate away from Arkansas for school, they are less likely to return, draining talent and energy from our state," Andy Goodman, president of Arkansas' Independent Colleges & Universities, told KATV.

The inaugural classes could start in 2024 or 2025, depending on approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

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