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D.D.S. Curriculum

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