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Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)

Curriculum

The curriculum in the dental school is organized into a competency-based, four-year program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. The academic year begins in July and extends through June. The program emphasizes study in three broad areas: biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and behavioral sciences.

The biomedical sciences include the in-depth study of human anatomy, genetics, material science, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology.

The clinical sciences prepare the student for the actual practice of dentistry and provide exposure to the various specialties in dentistry.

The behavioral sciences cover such topics as dental health needs, the system of health care delivery, practice management, professional ethics and behavioral factors.

Laboratory and clinical experiences are offered throughout the four years to develop the skills and judgment vital to the practice of general dentistry.

In general, courses offered as part of the curriculum in dentistry are not available to other students in the university. Exceptions may be granted by the dean of the School of Dentistry to students enrolled in graduate degree programs upon written request of the department chair in which the student is seeking a degree.

Credits
Freshman, first semester
ANAT 501 Dental Gross Anatomy
6.5
ANAT 503 Dental Neuroanatomy
1.0
DENS 515 Clinical Skills I
1.0
DENS 540 Dental Practice Management I
1.0
GENP 511 Oral Anatomy and Occlusion
4.0
GENP 512 Operative Dentistry*
--
MICR 513 Infection and Immunity in Dentistry
4.0
OCMB 510 Evidence-based Dentistry
1.0
PERI 525 Periodontics I
1.0
Total
19.5
Freshman, second semester
ANAT 502 Microscopic Anatomy
5.0
DENS 516 Clinical Skills II
3.0
DENS 524 Review of Literature in Dentistry
1.0
GENP 512 Operative Dentistry
10.0
GENP 514 Fundamentals of Occlusion
2.0
PATH 601 General Pathology
6.0
PERI 526 Periodontics II
3.5
PHIS 502 Physiology and Pathophysiology (Dentistry)
5.0
Total
35.5
Sophomore, first semester
DENS 619 Review of Literature in Dentistry II
1.0
DENS 621 Occlusion
2.0
DENS 625 Clinical Skills III
5.0
DENS 640 Dental Practice Management II
1.0
GENP 620 Cariology
2.0
ORPT 621 Dental Radiology
1.0
ORPT 622 Oral Pathology*
--
ORTH 623 Principles of Orthodontics
2.0
PHTX 609 Dental Pharmacology and Pain Control*
--
PROS 622 Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics*
--
PROS 624 Preclinical Removable Denture Prosthodontics*
--
Total
14.0
Sophomore, second semester
DENS 611 Introduction to Professionalism
1.0
DENS 623 Clinical Skills IV
7.0
DENS 628 Review of Dental Literature
1.0
ENDO 622 Principles of Endodontics
2.5
HGEN 631 Advanced Dental Genetics
1.0
ORPT 622 Oral Pathology
3.0
ORSG 622 Introduction to Oral Surgery
1.0
PEDD 622 Introduction to Pediatric Dentistry
2.0
PHTX 609 Dental Pharmacology and Pain Control
4.0
PROS 622 Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics
6.0
PROS 624 Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics
6.0
PROS 626 Preclinical Dental Implantology
2.0
Total
36.5
Junior, first semester
DENS 730 Practice Management III
1.0
DENS 735 Patient Management and Professional Conduct
3.0
DENS 736 Review of Literature IV: Assessment of Patients With Special Needs*
--
ENDO 731 Endodontic Therapy
1.0
ENDO 739 Clinical Endodontics III*
--
GENP 739 Clinical Operative III*
--
ORPT 737 Radiology Rotation*
--
ORSG 731 Medical Management and Emergency Care for the Dental Patient
2.0
ORSG 739 Clinical Oral Surgery III*
--
ORTH 739 Clinical Orthodontics III*
--
PEDD 733 Advanced Pediatric Dentistry
1.0
PEDD 739 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry III*
--
PERI 733 Periodontics III
1.0
PERI 739 Clinical Periodontics III*
--
PHTX 611 Dental Pharmacology and Pain Control
2.0
PROS 731 Complete Denture Prosthodontics
1.5
PROS 735.01 Removable Prosthodontics Diagnosis and Treatment
1.5
PROS 739 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics III*
--
PROS 739 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics III*
--
Total
14.0
Junior, second semester
DENS 735 Patient Management and Professional Conduct
3.0
DENS 736 Review of Dental Literature
1.0
ENDO 739 Clinical Endodontics III
1.5
GENP 739 Clinical Operative III
5.0
GENP 742 Treatment Planning Seminar
2.0
ORPT 732 Clinical Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine
1.0
ORPT 737 Radiology Rotation**
--
ORSG 733 Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1.5
ORSG 739 Clinical Oral Surgery III
1.5
ORTH 733 Orthodontic Therapy
1.0
ORTH 739 Clinical Orthodontics III
1.0
PEDD 739 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry III
2.0
PERI 739 Clinical Periodontics III
5.0
PROS 739 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics III
3.5
PROS 739 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics III
2.0
Total
31.0
Senior, first semester
DENS 740 Practice Management IV
1.0
DENS 745 Patient Management and Professional Conduct
3.0
DENS 752 Clinical General Practice Dentistry*
--
DENS 762 Service Learning
--
ORPT 747 Radiology Rotation (continuation of ORPT 737)
1.5
ORSG 749 Oral Surgery/Urgent Care Clinic*
--
PEDD 749 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry IV*
--
Total
5.5
Senior, second semester
DENS 745 Patient Management and Professional Conduct
3.0
DENS 752 Clinical General Practice Dentistry
24.0
DENS 762 Service Learning
6.0
ORSG 749 Oral Surgery/Urgent Care Clinic
2.0
PEDD 749 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry IV
2.0
Total
37.0
Program total
193.0
* Continues into second semester.
** Completed first semester senior year.
 

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