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 5502 Microanatomy DSBS 5500 Embryology and Craniofacial Biology DSBS 5516 Pathology
DSBS 5504 Human Anatomy DSBS 5506 Oral Histology DSCD 5502 Nutrition
DSBS 5507 Molecular Biosciences DSBS 5511 Invaders and Protectors DSCD 5503 Person Centered Care
DSBS 5508 Physiology DSOD 5502 Oral Radiology Lecture DSOD 5500 Assessment of the Dental Patient
DSCD 55019 Community Public Health 1 DSOD 5503 Oral Radiology Laboratory DSOP 5506 Principles of Operative Dentistry - Direct Restorations 2
DSRE 5001 Introduction to Dentistry DSOP 5504 Principles of Operative Dentistry - Direct Restoration 1 Lecture DSOP 5507 Principles of Oper‚Äčative Dentistry - Direct Restorations 2 Lab
DSRE 5500 Dental Anatomy DSOP 5505 Principles of Operative Dentistry - Direct Restoration 1 Lab DSPE 5500 Periodontics 1
DSRE 5501 Dental Anatomy Laboratory DSRE 5506 Occlusion 1 Lecture DSRE 5503 Dental Materials 2
DSRE 5504 Dental Materials Science 1 DSRE 5507 Occlusion 1 Laboratory DSRE 5508 Indirect Single Tooth Restoration 1
DSRE 5520  Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 1 DSRE 5521 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 2 DSRE 5522 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 3
DSSD 5501 Clinical Correlations IPED 5002 Interprofessional Education and Development I    

‚ÄčThe primary focus of second year courses is to guide students in the transition from pre-clinical courses to clinical care and begin to see their first patients for periodontal appointments during the fall of their second year. Students refine their hand skills in pre-clinical lab courses involving indirect restorative procedures, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics and esthetic dentistry. Clinical care is emphasized in courses related to pharmacology, occlusion, oral pathology, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, dental materials, oral radiology, cariology, pediatric dentistry, pain control, medical emergencies and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Students will also take courses on treatment planning and managing a student practice in order to begin providing comprehensive patient care in the student dental clinic during the summer of their second year.

DSAD 6622 Managing Your Student Practice I DSCD 6623 Managing Your Student Practice II DSEN 6612 Endodontics II Lecture
DSBS 6600 Pharmacology DSEN 6610 Endodontics I Lecture DSEN 6613 Endodontics II Lab
DSON 6610 Oral Pathology I DSEN 6611 Endodontics I Lab DSOP 6610 Operative Dentistry Seminar
DSOT 6610 Orthodontics I DSFD 6610 Fixed Prosthodontics DSOS 7710 (1) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
DSPE 6604 Periodontics II DSFD 6611 Fixed Prosthodontics Lab DSPD 6630 Pediatric Dentistry II
DSPE 6605 Periodontics II Lab – Section I DSON 6612 Oral Pathology II DSPE 6610 Periodontics III
DSRE 6600 Transition Clinic I DSOP 6600 Pre-Clinical Operative Dentistry Workshop DSRE 6604 Esthetic Dentistry
DSRE 6606 Indirect Single Tooth Restoration II DSPD 6620 Pediatric Dentistry I DSRE 6604
Occlusion II Lecture II
DSRE 6607 Indirect Single Tooth Restoration II Lab DSPE 6606 Periodontics II Lab – Section II DSRE 6604 Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic “A”
DSRP 6600 Combined Removable Prosthodontics DSRE 6601 Transition Clinic II DSRE 6612 Occlusion II Lab II
DSRP 6601 Combined Removable Prosthodontics Lab DSRE 6608 Dental Materials Science II DSSD 6610 Pain Control II (Nitrous Oxide Analgesia)
DSSD 6612 Orofacial Pain DSRE 6609 Treatment Planning VAR-DSFD 6031 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics I
IPED 6001 Interprofessional Education II DSRE 6611 Occlusion II Lecture I VAR - DSOD 6031 Clinical Oral Diagnosis I
    DSRE 6613 Occlusion II Lab I VAR - DSOP 6031 Clinical Operative Dentistry I
    DSRE 6644 Cariology II VAR-DSPE 6031 Clinical Periodontics I
    DSSD 6600 Clinical Dental Pharmacology VAR-DSRP 6031 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics I
    DSSD 6604 Pain Control I (Local Anesthesia)    
    DSSD 6608 Prevention and Management of Medical Emergencies  

The primary focus of third year is the development and practice of clinical dentistry. Students take courses on community assessment, public health, dental practice planning, clinical oncology, behavioral and geriatric dentistry, implant dentistry and treatment planning. Students begin to spend a lot more time in the clinical setting with the primary focus being on comprehensive patient care. Students perform clinical procedures in the fields of oral diagnosis and diagnostic radiology, periodontics, operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, dental pain and emergencies. Additionally, all students participate in a rotation in pediatric dentistry at the Healthy Smiles Clinic at Children’sHospital Colorado.

DSAD 7704 Community Health Education Practicum DSCD 7706 IPED DSAD 7791 Community-Based Clinical Dentistry I
DSAD 7705 IPED (Interprofessional Education Development) DSCD 7709 Public Health and Community Dentistry DSAD 7797 Special Care Clinic B
DSAD 7720 Behavioral Health, Gerontology and Geriatrics DSCD 7726 Dental Practice Planning DSOD 7760 Clinical Oral Radiology
DSAD 7730 Dentistry for Adults with Special Health Care Needs DSCD 7796 Special Care Clinic A DSPE 7720 Periodontics IV
DSOD 7711 Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Oral Lesions I DSDD 7700 Medical Problems and Physical Assessment DSRE 7721 Comprehensive Patient Care “D”
DSOS 7011 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II DSDD 7702 Hospital Dentistry VAR-DSEN 7033 Clinical Endodontics III
DSPD 7700 Pediatric Dentistry III DSEN 7712 Endodontics III VAR-DSFD 7033 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics IV
DSRE 7712 Implant Dentistry DSOD 7712 Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Oral Lesions II VAR-DSOD 7033 Clinical Oral Diagnosis IV
DSRE 7717 Comprehensive Patient Care Clinics “B” DSOD 7724 Diagnostic Radiology VAR-DSOP 7033 Clinical Operative Dentistry IV
DSRE 7718 Critical Thinking and Patient Care Seminar DSON 7755 Clinical Oncology VAR-DSPD 7033 Clinical Periodontics IV
DSRE 7935 Treatment Planning and Case Presentation I DSOT 7720 Orthodontics II VAR-DSPE 7033 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry III
DSSD 7712 Dental Pain and Emergencies DSRE 7706 Critical Appraisal of Translation Literature VAR-DSRP 7033 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics IV
VAR-DSEN 7011  Clinical Endodontics I DSRE 7711 Advance Prosthodontics    
VAR-DSFD 7011 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics II DSRE 7719 Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic “C”    
VAR-DSOD 7011 Clinical Oral Diagnosis II DSRE 7936 Treatment Planning and Case Presentation II    
VAR-DSOP 7011 Clinical Operative Dentistry II VAR-DSEN 7022 Clinical Endodontics II    
VAR-DSPD 7011 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry I VAR-DSFD 7022 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics III    
VAR-DSPE 7011 Clinical Periodontics II VAR-DSOD 7022 Clinical Oral Diagnosis III    
VAR- DSRP 7011 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics II VAR-DSOP 7022 Clinical Operative Dentistry III    
    VAR-DSOT 7021 Clinical Orthodontics I    
    VAR-DSPD 7022 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry II    
    VAR-DSPE 7022 Clinical Periodontics III    
    VAR-DSRP 7022 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics III    

At the beginning of their fourth year, students take the National Board Dental Examination Part II which tests their clinical knowledge of endodontics, operative dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pain control, oral diagnosis, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, patient management, periodontics, pharmacology and prosthodontics. Students continue to develop their clinical and practical dental skills by providing comprehensive patient care in the dental clinic. Advanced courses in implant dentistry, restorative dentistry, treatment planning, cariology, dental ethics and jurisprudence, endodontics and forensic dentistry are taken to further prepare students to become licensed dental professionals. All students also participate in the Advanced Clinical Training and Service (ACTS) program and provide quality dental care to underserved communities in 30 clinics across the state. At the end of spring of their fourth year, students are fully prepared to take regional or state examinations to obtain dental licensure.

DSAD 8892 Community – Based Clinical Dentistry II DSCD 8812 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence DSRE 8837 Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic “G”
DSAD 8896 Special Care Clinic C DSCD 8822 Practice Management    
DSFD 8861 Advance Implant Prosthodontics Seminar DSCD 8893 Community – Based Clinical Dentistry III    
DSRE 8806 Critical Appraisal of Translational Literature II DSCD 8894 Community – Based Clinical Dentistry IV    
DSRE 8810 Restorative Dentistry Adv. Clinical Training Service Seminar DSEN 8810 Endodontics IV    
DSRE 8817 Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic “E” DSOD 8820 Forensic Dentistry    
DSRE 8945 Treatment Planning and Case Presentation DSRE 8827 Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic “F”    
VAR-DSEN 8011 Clinical Endodontics IV DSRE 8946 Treatment Planning and Case Presentation IV    
VAR-DSFD 8011 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics V VAR-DSEN 8022 Clinical Endodontics V    
VAR-DSOD 8011 Clinical Oral Diagnosis V VAR-DSFD 8022 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics VI    

Clinical Operative Dentistry V

VAR-DSOD 8022 Clinical Oral Diagnosis VI    
VAR-DSOS 8011 Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery I VAR-DSOP 8022 Clinical Operative Dentistry VI    
VAR-DSPE 8011 Clinical Periodontics V VAR-DSPE 8022 Clinical Periodontics VI    
VAR-DSRP 8011 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics V VAR-DSRP 8022 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics VI    
VAR - DSSD 8011 Clinical Emergencies I        
Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate and integrate emerging trends in health care
  • Utilize critical thinking to evaluate and integrate best research outcomes with clinical expertise and patient values for evidence-based practice.
  • Make professional decisions that satisfy legal, societal and ethical principles.
  • Use self-evaluative skills to assess individual knowledge and abilities, to practice within the scope of one’s competence and make appropriate professional referrals, and to identify areas of deficiency to correct through lifelong learning.
  • Collaborate effectively with other health professionals to facilitate the provision of overall health care.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Apply appropriate interpersonal and communication skills to create a humanistic environment.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse patients and other health care providers to ensure appropriate, patient-centered patient treatment.
Health Promotion
  • Provide prevention, intervention and educational strategies.
  • Participate with dental team members and other health care professionals in the management and health promotion for all patients.
  • Recognize and appreciate the need to contribute to the improvement of oral health beyond those served in traditional practice settings.
Practice Management and Informatics
  • Evaluate and apply regulatory agency requirements for dental practices such as infection control, HIPAA and environmental and office safety programs
  • Apply principles of risk management including informed consent
  • Demonstrate effective business practices, financial management and human resource skills
Patient Care
Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Perform an examination that collects biological, psychological, clinical, radiographic and other diagnostic/consultative information required to evaluate the health, oral conditions, needs, and expectations of patients of all ages.
  • Recognize, diagnose and interpret normal and abnormal conditions of the orofacial complex (to include oral cancer), occlusal and temporomandibular disease, craniofacial growth and development that require monitoring, treatment or management.
  • Develop, present and discuss individual sequenced treatment plans for patients of all ages consistent with patient’s condition, interest, goals and capabilities.

Establishment and Maintenance of a Healthy Oral Environment

Management of Emergency Situations

  • Anticipate, diagnose, and provide initial treatment and follow-up management for medical emergencies that may occur during dental treatment
  • Recognize and manage dental emergencies to include acute pain, hemorrhage, trauma, and infection of the orofacial complex

Control of Pain and Anxiety

  • Employ pharmacological agents and techniques to manage orofacial discomfort and psychological distress
Periodontal Therapy
  • Diagnose, treatment plan, comprehensively treat, and maintain patients with periodontal disease in the primary, mixed, and permanent dentitions

Endodontic Therapy

  • Diagnose and treat diseases of pulpal and periradicular origin in the primary, mixed, and permanent dentitions 
Surgical and Non-Surgical Therapies
  • Diagnose and treat conditions requiring reparative surgical procedures and non-surgical therapies on the hard and oral soft tissues

Restorative/Prosthodontic Therapy

  • Provide single or multiple tooth restorations, with appropriate fixed or removable techniques, to restore anatomic form, function, and esthetics to patients of all ages.
  • Continually analyze the outcomes of patient treatment to improve patient care.