Curriculum for the Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

The successful completion of the dental curriculum leads to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. The curriculum is divided over four academic years. The academic year begins in late August and ends in late July, with a vacation period in August. Graduation is in May. 

The timing and sequence of courses are designed to develop a biomedical and preclinical knowledge base prior to the start of clinical patient care. The clinical periods provide the time necessary to develop the applied knowledge and technical skills essential for a person to enter the practice of general dentistry. The curriculum and course content are constantly being reviewed and improved to present the most current information and trends in dentistry.

The curricular information is subject to change.

Syllabi

Enrolled students can download syllabi for their current courses through Blackboard (http://knowledge.udmercy.edu).

First Year Curriculum

DS 1 Fall Term (15.0 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8110 Gross Anatomy I 2.5

M. Ahmad

DBS 8020 General and Oral Histology 4 M. Kurpakus-Wheater
DBS 8150 Biochemistry 3 M. Gleason
DBS 8040 Immunology 2.5 M. Elftman
BS 8180 Physiology I (Wk 10-18) DEF J. Scheys
DPE 8111 Periodontics I DEF A. Neely
D 8111 Restorative I DEF W. Lim
DRD 8150 Essentials of Clinical Practice DEF L. Weberman
DSD 8130 Professional Ethics and Responsibility Development I 1 P. Zarkowski / J. Daniels
DSD 8140 Foundation of Evidence-Based Dentistry 1 (Pass/Fail) M. Kurpakus-Wheater /
DSD 8220 Psychological Aspects of Dentistry 1 S. Ceresnie / E. Rodems
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

DS 1 Winter Term (16 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8140 Gross Anatomy II 4 M. Ahmad
DBS 8180 Physiology I (Wk 1-9) 3 J. Scheys
DBS 8200 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology 3 M. Gleason
DBS 8230 Physiology II (Wk 10-18) DEF J. Scheys
DBS 8251 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases I 2.5 E. Krukonis
DBS 8270 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases II DEF M. Elftman
DOM 8210 General Pathology DEF J. Ojha
DPE 8111

Periodontics I

DEF A. Neely
DRD 8111 Restorative I DEF W. Lim
DRD 8150 Essentials of Clinical Practice 2.5 L. Weberman
DSD 8430 Community Dentistry II: Dental Public Health 1 D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

Second Year Curriculum

DS 2 Summer Term (20 credits)

Course #
Course
Credits
Faculty
DBS 8010 Nutrition 1.5 M. Gleason
DBS 8220 Pharmacology I DEF W.C. Foong
DBS 8230 Physiology II 3 J. Scheys
DBS 8270 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases II 2 M. Elftman
DOM 8210 General Pathology 4 J. Ojha
DOM 8220 Radiology DEF A. Balasundaram
DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology DEF R. Geist
DPE 8111 Periodontics I DEF A. Neely
DRD 8111 Restorative I 8 W. Lim
DSD 8200 Professional Ethics Development II 1.5 P. Zarkowski
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

DS 2 Fall Term (21.5 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8320 Part I Board Review DEF TBA
DBS 8220 Pharmacology I 2 W. C. Foong
DOD 8200 Growth and Development 1 R. Kulbersh
DOD 8201 Orthodontics 2 M. Haughey/R. Kulbersh
DOM 8220 Radiology 3 A. Balasundaram
DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology 2 R. Geist
DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation Seminar DEF J. Geist
DOS 8220 Pain and Anxiety I 1 A. ElMadawy
DOS 8390 Physical Assessment 2 S. Aravindaksha
DPE 8111 Periodontics 8.5 A. Neely
DRD 8211 Restorative II DEF W. Lim
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

DS 2 Winter Term (21 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8320 Part I Board Review 0 (Pass/Fail) TBA
DBS 8310 Pharmacology II DEF W.C. Foong
DEN 8240 Preclinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8210 Preclinical Orthodontics 2 R. Al-Qawasmi
DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation Seminar 4 J. Geist
DOM 8280 Principles of Treatment Planning 2 N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8340 Oral Surgery I 1 N. Sreenivasan
DPD 8300 Pediatric Dentistry I 1 M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPE 8240 Periodontial Therapy II 1 T. Thompson-Sloan/L. Dobis
DPE 8290 Strategies for the Prevention of Oral Diseases 2 D. Mattana/J. Palanci
DRD 8211 Restorative II 6 W. Lim
DSD 8230 Evidence-Based Dentistry II 1 M. Wheater/
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation 1 TBA

Third Year

DS 3 Summer Term (11.5 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8310 Pharmacology II 3 W. C. Foong
DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills DEF S. Ceresnie/D. Young
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8310 Clinical Responsibility 1 C. Taylor
DEN 8240 Preclinical Endodontics 2 J. Braud
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics DEF M. Haughey/R. Kulbersh
DOM 8310 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology DEF J. Geist
DOM 8370 Oral Medicine I 2 R. Geist
DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II DEF N. Sreenivasan
DOS 8250 Management of Medical Emergencies .5 S. Aravindaksha
DPD 8240 Pediatric Dentistry Preclinical 2 M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPD 8330 Pediatric Dentistry II 1 S. Atwan
DPE 8310 Clinical Periodontics DEF T. Thompson-Sloan/A. Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

DS 3 Fall Term (7 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills 2 S. Ceresnie / D. Young
DCD 8340 Removable Prosthodontics 1 M. Linebaugh
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8320 Clinical Responsibility 1 C. Taylor
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics DEF M. Haughey / R. Kulbersh
DOM 8310 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani / D. Kacir
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology DEF J. Geist
DOM 8380 TMJ Pathology and Facial Pain 1 T. Tanaka/F. Plaza
DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II 1 N. Sreenivasan
DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics DEF S. Aravindaksha/W.C. Foong
DOS 8330 Clinial Therapeutics DEF S. Aravindaksha/W.C. Foong
DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics DEF M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPD 8340 Pediatric Dentistry III 1 S. Atwan
DPE 8310 Clinical Periodontics DEF T. Thompson-Sloan/A. Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

DS 3 Winter Term (22 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DCD 8330 Fixed Partial Denture Treatment Planning 1 A. Fard
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8330 Clinical Responsibility 1 C. Taylor
DEN 8410 Endodontics 1 J. Braud
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics 1 M. Haughey / R. Kulbersh
DOM 8310 Clinical Oral Diagnosis 3 N. Kashani  / D. Kacir
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology DEF J. Geist
DOM 8430 Oral Medicine II 2 R. Geist
DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery 1 H. Perez
DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics 2 S. Aravindaksha/W.C. Foong
DOS 8410 Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1.5 N. Sreenivasan
DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics 3 M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPE 8310 Clinical Periodontics 3 T. Thompson-Sloan/A. Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DSD 8320 Community Dentistry I:  Dental Care For Special Patients 1 J. Grand
DSD 8400 Practice Management I 1.5 J. Parent
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

Fourth Year

DS 4 Summer Term (4.5 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8430 Oral and Maxillofacial Implants 1.5 A. Fard / D. Gurun
DCL 8410 Clinical Responsibility 1 M. Mayberry
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology 1 J. Geist
DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics DEF S. Atwan
DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics DEF T. Thompson-Sloan/A. Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DSD 8410 Practice Management II 1 J. Parent
DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

DS 4 Fall Term (3.5 credits)

Course #
Course
Credits
Faculty
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8420 Clinical Responsibility 1 M. Mayberry
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics DEF S. Atwan
DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics DEF T. Thompson-Sloan/A. Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DSD 8460 Practice Management III 1.5 J. Parent
DENT 8410 Dental Rounds II 1 L. Cabanilla-Jacobs/M. Elftman
DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF TBA

DS 4 Winter Term (32 credits)

Course #
Course
Credits
Faculty
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 5 C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 4 C. Stone
DCL 8430 Clinical Responsibility 1 M. Mayberry
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics 4 J. Braud
DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis 1 N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery 1 H. Perez
DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics 2 S. Atwan
DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics 3 T. Thompson-Sloan/A. Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative 6 C. Stone
DENT 8420 Dental Rounds III 1 T. Trombly/P. Zarkowski
DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning 3 D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evalution 1 TBA

PF = Pass/Fail
DEF = Deferred Credit
DNR = Do Not Register