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Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Program

The goal of the program is to graduate dentists who have a foundation in the scientific and biologic basis of dentistry, who are sensitive to the needs, values, and attitudes of the individual patient and to the community at large and who possess a variety of diagnostic, therapeutic, and health promotion skills for the delivery of patient care.

This goal is accomplished by a patient-centered educational approach in which biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences provide the basis for the application of knowledge and skills to patient care.

D.D.S. Curriculum

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. 

Timing and sequence of courses are designed to develop a biomedical and preclinical knowledge base prior to the start of clinical patient care. Clinical periods provide necessary amount of time to develop applied knowledge and technical skills essential for a person to enter the practice of general dentistry.

Curriculum and course content are continuously being reviewed and improved upon in order to present the most current information and trends in dentistry.  Curricular information is subject to change.

Curriculum by Year

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    First Year Curriculum

    DS 1 Fall Term 

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DBS 8110 Gross Anatomy I 2.5

    M. Ahmad

    DBS 8101 Integrated Biomedical Science I 9 M. Kurpakus-Wheater/J. Thomson
    DENT 8100 Dental School 101 - 1st Year Seminar 0 J. Daniels
    DENT 8001 Practice Essentials & IPE Module 1 2 M. Mayberry
    DRD 8001 Integrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation I 8 E.J. Newness/S. Chitre
    DSD 8140 Foundations of Evidence-Based Dentistry 1 (Pass/Fail) N. Sleiman
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF

    M. Coleman

    DS 1 Winter Term 

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DBS 8102 Integrated Biomedical Science II 12 M. Wheater/J. Thomson
    DBS 8140 Gross Anatomy II 4 M. Ahmad
    DRD 8002 Intergrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation II 8 E.J. Newness/S. Chitre
    DENT 8002 Practice Essentials & IPE Module II 2 N. Poznick/E. Rodems
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

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

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    Second Year Curriculum

    DS 2 Summer Term
    Course #
    Course
    Credits
    Faculty
    DBS 8010 Nutrition 1.5 C. Smoczer
    DBS 8220 Pharmacology I DEF S. Chand
    DBS 8230 Physiology II 3 J. Scheys
    DBS 8270 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases II 2 J. Thomson
    DOM 8210 General Pathology 4 J. Ojha
    DOM 8220 Radiology DEF TBC
    DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology DEF R. Geist
    DOS 8390 Physical Assessment DEF D. Nair
    DRD 8003 Integrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation III 5 Y. Antczak/O.Klanow/R. Pacheco/E.J. Newness
    DENT 8003 Practice Essentials & IPE Module III 1 P. Zarkowski/N. Poznick
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 2 Fall Term

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DBS 8220 Pharmacology I 2 S. Chand
    DOD 8200 Growth and Development 1 R. Kulbersh/F. Khosrow-Shahian
    DOD 8201 Orthodontics 2 H. Kang/F. Plaza
    DOM 8220 Radiology 3 J. Geist
    DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology 2 R. Geist
    DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation  DEF J. Ojha
    DOS 8220 Pain and Anxiety Control 1 I. Zakhary
    DOS 8390 Physical Assessment 2 D. Nair
    DENT 8004 Practice Essentials & IPE Module IV 2 D. Byrappagari/M.Mayberry
    DRD 8004 Integrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation IV 8 Y. Antczak/O.Klanow/T. Thompson-Sloan/E.J. Newness
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 2 Winter Term 

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DBS 8310 Pharmacology II DEF S. Chand
    DOD 8210 Preclinical Orthodontics 2 R. Al-Qawasmi/F. Plaza
    DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation 4 J. Ojha
    DOM 8280 Principles of Treatment Planning 2 N. Kashani/D. Kacir
    DOS 8340 Oral Surgery I 1 I. Zakhary
    DPD 8300 Pediatric Dentistry I 1 S. Atwan
    DPE 8240 Periodontial Therapy II 1 M. Campos/T. Thompson
    DENT 8005 Practice Essentials & IPE Module V 2 M. Mayberry
    DRD 8005 Integrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation V 8 Y. Antczak/O.Klanow/E.J. Newness
    DSD 8230 Evidence-Based Dentistry II 1 N. Sleiman
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation 1 M. Coleman

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

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    Third Year Curriculum

    DS 3 Summer Term

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DBS 8310 Pharmacology II 3 S. Chand
    DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills DEF Ceresnie/Rodems
    DCL 8301 Integrated Clinical Patient Care I 6 N. Kashani/D. Gurun
    DEN 8240 Preclinical Endodontics 2 S. Andrada
    DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontic Seminar DEF H. Kang/F. Plaza
    DOM 8370 Oral Medicine I 2 R. Geist
    DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
    DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II DEF H. Perez
    DOS 8250 Management of Medical Emergencies .5 D. Nair
    DPD 8240 Pediatric Dentistry Preclinical 2 S. Atwan/K. Wilson
    DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics DEF S. Atwan/C. Zeitz
    DRD 8330 Pediatric Dentistry III DEF S. Atwan
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 3 Fall Term 

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills (DEF) 1 Ceresnie/Rodems
    DCD 8340 Removable Prosthodontics 1 A. Fard
    DCL 8302 Integrated Clinical Patient Care II 10 N. Kashani/D. Gurun
    DOM 8380 TMJ Pathology and Facial Pain 1 F. Plaza
    DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery (DEF) 1 H. Perez
    DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II 1.5 H. Perez
    DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics (DEF) 2 S. Chand/D. Nair
    DPD 8240 Pediatric Dentistry Preclinical S. Atwan/K. Wilson
    DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics 3 S. Atwan/C. Zeitz
    DPD 8340 Pediatric Dentistry III 1 S. Atwan
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 3 Winter Term 

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills 1 Ceresnie/Rodems
    DCD 8330 Fixed Partial Denture Treatment Planning 1 A. Fard
    DCL 8303 Integrated Clinical Patient Care III 10 N. Kashani/D. Gurun
    DEN 8410 Endodontics 1 A. Andrada
    DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontic Seminar 1 H. Kang/F. Plaza
    DOM 8430 Oral Medicine II R. Geist
    DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery 1 H. Perez
    DOS 8410 Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1 M. Sadek
    DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics 2 S. Chand/D. Nair
    DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics 3 S. Atwan/C. Zeitz
    DSD 8320 Community Dentistry I: Dental Care for Special Patients 1 M. Mayberry/M. Buehner
    DSD 8400 Practice Management I 1.5 M. Mayberry
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman


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

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    Fourth Year Curriculum

    DS 4 Summer Term

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DCL 8401 Integrated Clinical Patient Care IV 6 N. Kashani/D. Gurun
    DCD 8430 Oral and Maxillofacial Implants 1.5 A. Fard/D. Gurun
    DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery (DEF) 1 H. Perez
    DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics (DEF) 2 S. Atwan
    DSD 8410 Practice Management II 1 M. Mayberry
    DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF (3 P/F) D. Byrappagari
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 4 Fall Term

    Course #
    Course
    Credits
    Faculty
    DCL 8402 Integrated Clinical Patient Care V 10 N. Kashani/D. Gurun
    DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF (1) H. Perez
    DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics DEF (2) S. Atwan
    DSD 8460 Practice Management III 1.5 M. Mayberry
    DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF (3 P/F) D. Byrappagari
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 4 Winter Term 

    Course #
    Course
    Credits
    Faculty
    DCD 8403 Integrated Clinical Patient Care VI 10 N. Kashani/D. Gurun
    DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery 1 H. Perez
    DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics 2 S. Atwan
    DENT 8420 Dental Rounds III 1 P. Zarkowski/N. Poznick
    DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning 3 D. Byrappagari
    DZD 8010 Course Evalution 1 M. Coleman

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

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