Curriculum Overview

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program

First-year courses focus on the basic sciences and the integration of this knowledge with the practice of dentistry. These include a human body systems course series that integrates the anatomy, physiology and microanatomy of each major body system with clinical correlations. Other basic science courses include molecular biosciences, embryology, craniofacial biology, oral histology, microbiology, immunology, and pathology. Additionally, students are introduced to dental care in courses related to dental anatomy, occlusion, oral radiology, periodontology, dental materials, and an innovative Introduction to Clinical Dentistry course series that prepares and provides students with patient care activities. Finally, students begin to develop their hand skills by taking simulation lab courses in both direct and indirect restorative procedures.

DSBS 5502MicroanatomyDSBS 5500Embryology and Craniofacial BiologyDSBS 5516Pathology
DSBS 5504Human AnatomyDSBS 5506Oral HistologyDSCD 5502Nutrition
DSBS 5507Molecular BiosciencesDSBS 5511Invaders and ProtectorsDSCD 5504Communication & Person-Centered Care
DSBS 5508PhysiologyDSEL 9116
Rural Oral Health Practice 1
DSCD 5505
Dental Ethics & Professionalism
DSCD 55019Community Public Health 1DSOD 5502Oral Radiology LectureDSOD 5500
Assessment of the Dental Patient
DSRE 5001Introduction to DentistryDSOD 5503
Oral Radiology Laboratory
DSOP 5506Principles of Operative Dentistry - Direct Restorations 2 Lecture
DSRE 5500Dental AnatomyDSOP 5504Principles of Operative Dentistry - Direct Restoration 1 LectureDSOP 5507
Principles of Operative Dentistry - Direct Restorations 2 Lab
DSRE 5501Dental Anatomy LaboratoryDSOP 5505
Principles of Operative Dentistry - Direct Restoration 1 Lab
DSPE 5500Periodontics 1
DSRE 5504Dental Materials Science 1DSRE 5521Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 2
DSRE 5503Dental Materials 2
DSRE 5520 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 1  DSRE 5508Indirect Single Tooth Restoration 1
DSSD 5501Clinical Correlations  DSRE 5522
Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 3