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Doctor of Dental Surgery

The mission of the Doctor of Dental Surgery program is to graduate a dentist who can deliver patient care with a scientific basis and a caring manner. Through the integration of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences, the graduate dentist will be able to function effectively as the leader of the oral health care team to provide comprehensive oral health care for diverse populations in a constantly changing society. Graduates must be able to use the skills of problem solving, decision-making and evaluation so that behaviors and practices are derived from intentional choices. They must become lifelong learners, directing their rofessional growth during and beyond the educational programs.

  1. Apply the fundamental principles of the biomedical and behavioral sciences as they relate to the promotion and provision of oral health care.
  2. Apply legal, ethical and regulatory principles to the provision of oral health care, including practice management.
  3. Apply interpersonal and communication skills to empathetically and effectively care for diverse patient populations and function in the health care environment.
  4. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to provide evidence-based patient-centered care.
  5. Evaluate various models of oral health management and care delivery.
  6. Participate in improving the oral health of individuals, families, and groups in the community through oral health promotion, education and interaction with other health professions.
  7. Manage medical emergencies and complications that may occur during dental treatment.
  8. Recognize and manage pain and anxiety, trauma, hemorrhage, and infection of the orofacial complex by selection, administration or prescription of pharmacological or non-pharmacologic agents in the treatment of dental patients.
  9. Demonstrate competence in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry for children, adolescents, adults, and special needs patients.  This includes:
    • Perform a complete dental examination to arrive at a diagnosis of the patient’s oral condition/s.
    • Develop, present and implement an integrated treatment plan to address a patient’s oral health needs.
    • Prevent, identify and manage periodontal conditions.
    • Prevent, identify and manage pulpal and periradicular conditions.
    • Identify and manage patients with oral surgical needs.
    • Identify and manage malocclusions.
    • Manage restorative procedures for single defective teeth, or to restore function in patients with partial or complete edentulism.
    • Treat patients with soft tissue lesions and oral manifestations of systemic diseases.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to self-assess competency and the outcomes of care.

Program Requirements

The school offers a four-year, eight-semester, two-summer-term curriculum leading to the doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree. This curriculum is designed to prepare graduates in dentistry to deliver patient care with a scientific basis and a caring manner. As such, it provides a sound background in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences with an emphasis on comprehensive oral health care. Exposure to clinical dentistry in the first semester of the first year is a hallmark of this curriculum.

The first year of dental school focuses on instruction in the biomedical sciences that provide a foundation for clinical studies. The first-year student also studies introductory courses in oral diagnosis and dental restorative techniques in a pre-clinical setting. Early clinical exposure is further emphasized through clinic-based courses in both the first and the second semesters. Acquisition of basic diagnostic skills and background knowledge is a goal of the first year of the curriculum.

Biomedical science courses extend into the second year; however, the major thrust of the second year is devoted to pre-clinical technique coursework of increasing complexity. In the preclinical laboratory courses, students continue learning the fundamental procedures of dentistry: operative dentistry, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), and endodontics. Clinically, students are introduced to the basic essential skills needed in preventive periodontics. Classroom lecture sessions are also conducted in each of these areas of dentistry along with didactic courses in periodontics, oral diagnosis, oral radiology, and oral surgery.

The primary emphasis of the third year of the curriculum is the clinical practice of dentistry. The general clinic is organized into subunits called teams. Each team includes an established set of faculty and staff. Patients are assigned to students for comprehensive care, from diagnosis and treatment planning through procedures necessary for successful case completion. While the emphasis of the third and fourth years of the dental curriculum is gaining clinical experience, students also attend advanced classes in periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, operative dentistry and oral diagnosis/oral medicine.

The fourth year involves extensive clinical practice. There are a few seminar sessions and formal courses (e.g., practice management), but the student's major responsibility is to perfect diagnostic, patient-management and technical-treatment skills and demonstrate competence in all the skills required by the faculty of the School of Dentistry.

An outline of the four-year curriculum by semester is given below.

First Year    
Fall Semester   Hours
BIOLOGY 203 Cell Biology3.0
BMS 9300 Human Gross Anatomy I5.0
BMS 9308 Histology I2.5
DENT 6306 Transitions: Introduction to the Profession and Practice 1.5
DENT 6310C Clinical Assisting3.0
DENT 6316 Dental Morphology (Lec/Lab)3.0
DENT 6328 Clinical Decision Making1.0
LS-BIOC 304 Biochemistry & Nutrition4.0
Total Hours   23.0
Spring Semester Hours
BMS 9301 Human Gross Anatomy II5.0
DENT 6305 Operative Dentistry I Lecture1.0
DENT 6305l Operative Dentistry I Laboratory2.0
DENT 6314C Introduction to Oral Diagnosis 3.0
DENT 6317Dental Occlusion 3.0
DENT 6350Histopathology 2.5
LS-PHYS 401 Physiology Lecture5.0
Total Hours   21.5
Second Year    
Fall Semester   Hours
DENT 6410 Operative Dentistry II Lecture1.0
DENT 6410L Operative Dentistry II Laboratory2.0
DENT 6412 Anesthesiology I Lecture1.0
DENT 6414 Pathology I Lecture4.0
DENT 6416 Complete Removable Prosthodontics Lecture 1.0
DENT 6416L Complete Removable Prosthodontics I Laboratory 2.0
DENT 6422 Fixed Prosthodontics I Lecture1.0
DENT 6422L Fixed Prosthodontics I Laboratory2.0
DENT 6426 Oral Radiology2.0
DENT 6435 Endodontics I Lecture1.0
DENT 6436 Ortho:Growth and Development1.0
LS-MCRB 4180 Microbiology4.0
Total Hours   22.0
Spring Semester Hours
DENT 6415 Pathology II2.0
DENT 6417 Removable Partial Prosthodontics3.0
DENT 6420 Periodontics I2.0
DENT 6423 Fixed Prosthodontics II Lecture1.0
DENT 6423L Fixed Prosthodontics II Laboratory2.0
DENT 6431 Pediatric Dentistry I Lecture1.0
DENT 6439 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 1.0
DENT 6440 Oral Surgery I 1.0
DENT 6442 Endodontics II Lecture1.0
DENT 6442L Endodontics Laboratory2.0
DENT 6524 Principles of Medicine and Physical Diagnosis 2.0
DENT 6526 Orthodontics I Lecture1.0
DENT 6526L Orthodontics I Laboratory2.0
DENT 6556 Radiographic Interpretation1.0
DENT 6564 Introduction to  Pharmacology 2.0
DENT 6595 Implant Dentistry 1.0
Total Hours   25.0
Third Year    
Summer Semester Hours
DENT 6315C Preventive Periodontics3.0
DENT 6441C Treatment Planning2.0
DENT 6501C Intro to  Comprehensive Patient Care 8.0
DENT 6537Oral Oncology 0.5
DENT 6566Bridge Course 2.0
Total Hours  15.5
Fall Semester   Hours
DENT 6312 Dental Behavioral Science I1.0
DENT 6318 Dental Biomaterials Lecture1.0
DENT 6424 Oral Diagnosis And Oral Medicine2.0
DENT 6502 Grand Rounds I1.0
DENT 6515 Periodontics II1.0
DENT 6521 Oral Surgery II Lecture1.0
DENT 6538 Orthodontics II1.0
DENT 6460C Review of Pre-Clinical Dentistry2.0
DENT 6509C Comprehensive Patient Care I8.0
DENT 6591C Professional Development I1.0
Total Hours   19.0
Spring Semester Hours
DENT 6411 Operative Dentistry III Lecture1.0
DENT 6504 Community and Professional Education 1.0
DENT 6522Oral Surgery III 1.0
DENT 6527 Pharmacotherapeutics2.0
DENT 6534 Advanced Prosthodontics1.0
DENT 6559 Diagnosis and Management of Orofacial Pain 1.0
DENT 6602Grand Rounds II 1.0
DENT 6630 Practice Management I1.0
DENT 6633 Introduction to Dental Public Health 1.0
DENT 6634 Extramural Clinical Rotations (ERC) I 1.0
DENT 6636 Oral Radiology Clinical2.0
DENT 6510C Comprehensive Patient Care II4.0
DENT 6521C Periodontics Clinical I1.0
DENT 6531C Oral Diagnosis Clinical I1.0
DENT 6542C Operative Dentistry Clinical II1.0
DENT 6551CR Oral Surgery Clinical2.0
DENT 6562C Removable Prosthodontics Clinical II 1.0
DENT 6592C Professional Development II1.0
DENT 6606C Pediatric Dentistry Clinical I1.0
Total Hours   25.0
Fourth Year    
Summer Semester Hours
DENT 6650 Applied Ethics0.5
DENT 6593C Professional Development III1.0
DENT 6609C Comprehensive Patient Care III8.0
Total Hours   9.5
Fall Semester   Hours
DENT 6429 Dental Behavioral Science II1.0
DENT 6514 Pathology III Lecture1.0
DENT 6603 Grand Rounds III1.0
DENT 6610 Anxiety and Pain Control1.0
DENT 6613 Periodontal Treatment Planning1.0
DENT 6614 Dentistry for the Special Patient2.0
DENT 6617 Pediatric Dentistry Seminar0.5
DENT 6626 Clinical Treatment Planning1.0
DENT 6635 Extramural Clinical Rotations (ERC) II 1.0
DENT 6607C Pediatric Dentistry Clinical II1.0
DENT 6610C Comprehensive Patient Care IV5.0
DENT 6611C Fixed Prosthodontics Clinical I1.0
DENT 6532C Oral Diagnosis Clinical II1.0
DENT 6691C Professional Development IV1.0
Total Hours   18.5
Spring Semester Hours
DENT 6600 Review of Clinical Dentistry1.0
DENT 6604 Grand Rounds IV1.0
DENT 6605 Review of Clinical Dentistry II1.0
DENT 6618 Dental Jurisprudence and Ethics1.0
DENT 6631 Practice Management II1.0
DENT 6601C Endodontics Clinical2.0
DENT 6608C Pediatric Dentistry Clinical III1.0
DENT 6614C Comprehensive Patient Care V10.0
DENT 6621C Periodontics Clinical II1.0
DENT 6642C Operative Dentistry Clinical IV1.0
DENT 6656C Orthodontic Clinical I1.0
DENT 6692C Professional Development V1.0
Total Hours   22.0


Satisfactory completion of the program including:

  1. Demonstration of competencies expected of a graduating student.
  2. A passing grade on all sections of Part I and Part II of the National Board Dental Examinations.
  3. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher for the student's period as a dental student.
  4. A demonstrated ability to meet the standards of professional conduct.