D.D.S. Curriculum




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    The clinical component of the Doctor of Dental Surgery educational program is provided by the departments of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, General Dentistry, Oral Biology and Pathology, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Conjoint courses are offered in oral diagnosis, radiology, occlusion, pain control and emergency care. Students are introduced to patient care in a carefully controlled environment according to a timetable adjusted to each student's ability.

    Students are taught to obtain a medical and psychosocial history and to incorporate this information into the total treatment plan for the patient. Most didactic teaching and preclinical laboratory experience is completed by the end of the second year.

    Clinical training begins in the latter part of the first year, with the major portion of clinical experience occurring during the third and fourth years. The student is responsible for the complete care of the patients assigned to them. When the services of a specialist are required, the student participates in the treatment as provided by the appropriate dental consultant. All phases of patient care are closely supervised by the professional staff.

    Students are trained in the efficient use of dental assistants in a special program of dental auxiliary utilization and management. The objective of the program is to teach new concepts of dental health care delivery by training dental students to be able to practice four-handed, sit-down dentistry effectively and efficiently. Specially trained dental assistant teachers work with students to accomplish these objectives.

    During the fourth year, students conduct their practices in cubicles equipped and maintained as private general dental offices in which they provide care to a panel of patients assigned to them. The manner in which their patients are treated is designed as a general practice with general dentists of the faculty supervising care. Additional faculty representing all specialties are available for consultation with the students and treatment of their patients, if needed. The goal of the clinical experience in the fourth year is to duplicate as closely as possible how a general dental practice is conducted in a community setting. In addition, during the fourth year, students may participate in one of the many selective programs offered by the various departments of the school or its affiliate regional hospitals.

    The program of study leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree consists of a fixed sequence of courses as listed below. Enrollment in the second, third and fourth years requires the satisfactory completion of all courses in the previous year. Exception may be made in special cases as described in the section on academic standing. Course hours listed may vary. The sequencing of courses, course titles and course hours are subject to modification to reflect changing concepts in dental education and curriculum revisions.

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    First Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    MED 500B Basic Mechanisms of Disease360
    HDG 522Cariology19
    HDG 521Clinic I: Introduction to Patient Care30
    HDI 502Community I: Population, Oral Health and Epidemiology8
    HDG 511Dental Morphology / Occlusion60
    HBA 522Embryology12
    HDI 501Foundations in Dental Professional Development I3
    HBA 521Gross Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Trunk141
    HDP 501Introduction to Periodontics31
    MED 500BMolecular Foundations of Medicine330
    HBA 531Nervous System65
    HDG 512Operative Dentistry I120
    HDO 501Oral Biology I31
    MED 500CPathogens and Host Defense10
    HDI 505Patient I: Communication and Examination56
    HBY 521BPhysiology90
    HDR 503Radiology I49

    Second Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    HDC 601 Childrens Dentistry I
    HDG 602 Dental Materials Science II 
    HDP 601 Diagnosis & Treatment of Perio Disease I
    HDE 611Endodontic Technique45
    HDI 601 Evidenced Based Dentistry & Critical Thinking
    HDR 611 Fixed Partial Pros. Technique
    HDI 604Foundations in Dental Professional Development II7
    HDG 601Health Care Systems and Clinical Practice33
    HDE 615Introduction to Endodontics30
    HDS 603Medical Emergencies I10
    HDG 614 Operative Technique II
    HDS 601 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    HDO 601 Oral Biology II
    HDS 602 Pain Control I
    HDS 604 Pain Control II
    HDI 605Patient II: Team-Based Oral Diagnosis80
    HBH 531 Pharmacology
    HDS 602Physical Diagnosis: Introduction to Family Medicine30
    HDR 613 Removable Prosthodontics Technique
    HDC 621 Year II Childrens Clinic
    HDS 621 Year II OMFS Clinic
    HDG 621 Year II Operative Clinic
    HDP 621Year II Periodontics Clinic56
    HDG 622 Year II Radiology Clinic

    Third Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    HDG 708 Advanced Esthetic Concepts 16
    HDS 701 Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Treatment Planning 6
    HDC 701 Children's Dentistry II 81
    HDO 707 Dental Translational Pharmacology 14
    HDP 701 Diagnosis & Treatment of Perio Disease II 18
    HDI 704Foundations in Dental Professional Development III10
    HDG 706Implantology28
    HDS703 Medical Emergencies II 2
    HDR 709Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologic Interpretation38
    HDO 701 Oral Biology III 14
    HDO 706 Oral Facial Genetics 22
    HDO 705 Oral Medicine 18
    HDO 702 Oral Pathology 78
    HDO 703 Oral Pathology Conference I 22
    HDI 705Patient III: Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning53
    HDP 702 Periodontal Clinical Seminar 9
    HDG 704 Practice Development I 32
    HDO 704 Translational Oral Biology 31
    HDC 721 Year III Childrens Clinic 516
    HDG 725 Year III Endodontics Clinic 30
    HDG 722 Year III Fixed Partial Pros. Clinic 218
    HDS 721 Year III OMFS Clinic 24
    HDG 721 Year III Operative Clinic 248
    HDP 721 Year III Perio Clinic 255
    HDG 726 Year III Radiology Clinic 20
    HDG 723 Year III Removable Pros. Clinic 124

    Fourth Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    HDR 806
    Advanced Imaging Techniques
    HDR 807 
    Advanced Removable Prosthodontics
    HDG 805
    Care for Medically Compromised/Geriatric Patients
    HDI 802
    Diagnosis and Management of Oro-Facial Pain
    HDG 803
    General Dentisry Seminar IV
    HDG 821
    GPP Clinic I
    HDG 822
    GPP Clinic II
    HDS 803
    Medical Emergencies III
    HDO 803
    Oral Pathology Conference II
    HDG 804
    Practice Development II
    HDP 822
    Year IV Clinic - Perio I & II
    HDC 821
    Year IV Clinic - DCDD
    HDG 824
    Year IV Clinic - Dental Emergencies
    HDO 821
    Year IV Clinic - Oral Diagnostics
    HDS 821
    Year IV Oral Surgery Clinic
    HDS 822
    Year IV Oral Surgery Hospital Rotation
    HDG 823
    Year IV Radiology Clinic


    Fourth Year Selective Courses (HDI 821)

    During the fourth year, students may take up to 120 hours of selective courses.

    Department Course Title
    Prosthodontics & Digital TechnologyYear IV Advanced Prosthodontics Selective
    Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Year IV Children's Dentistry Selective
    Anesthesiology Year IV Anesthesiology Selective
    Endodontics Year IV Endodontics Selective
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Year IV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Selective
    Orthodontics & Pediatric DentistryYear IV Orthodontics Selective
    Periodontics Year IV Periodontics Selective