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.


FALL SPRING SUMMER 
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

‚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.


FALL SPRING SUMMER 
DSBS 6600
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
DSBS 6603
Applied Clinical Pharmacology
DSEN 6612Endodontics 2 Lecture
DSBS 6604
Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy
DSCD 6623
Managing Your Dental Student Practice 2
DSEN 6613Endodontics 2 Lab
DSCD 6601
Community Public Health 2
DSEL 9114
Global Health, Policy, & Humanitarism
DSFD 6031
Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 1
DSCD 6622
Managing Your Dental Student Practice 1
DSEL 9117
Rural Oral Health Practice 2
DSOD 6031
Clinical Oral Diagnosis 1
DSEL 9114
Global Health, Policy, & Humanitarism
DSEN 6610
Endodontics 1 Lecture
DSOP 6031
Clinical Operative Dentistry 1
DSON 6610
Oral Pathology 1
DSEN 6611
Endodontics 1 Lab
DSOP 6610
Seminars in Restorative Dentistry
DSOT 6610
Orthodontics 1
DSFD 6610
Fixed Prosthodontics
DSOS 6031
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
DSPE 6601
Periodontology 2
DSFD 6611
Fixed Prosthodontics Laboratory
DSPD 6630
Pediatric Dentistry 2
DSPE 6605
Periodontology 2 Laboratory - Section 1
DSON 6612
Oral Pathology 2DSPE 6031
Clinical Periodontics 1
DSRE 6600
Transition Clinic 1
DSOP 6600
Pre-Clinical Operative Dentistry Workshop
DSPE 6610
Periodontology 4
DSRE 6606
Indirect Single Tooth Restoration 2
DSPD 6620
Pediatric Dentistry 1
DSRE 6602
Transition Clinic 3
DSRE 6607
Indirect Single Tooth Restoration 2 Laboratory
DSPE 6606
Periodontology 3 Laboratory
DSRE 6604
Esthetic Dentistry
DSRE 6645
CariologyDSPE 6607
Periodontology 3DSRE 6615
Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic "A"
DSRP 6600
Combined Removable Prosthodontics
DSRE 6601Transition Clinic 2
DSRP 6031
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 1
DSRP 6601
Combined Removable Prosthodontics Laboratory
DSRE 6609Treatment Planning
DSSD 6610
Pain Control 2 (Nitrous Oxide Analgesia)
IPHE 6000
Interprofessional Healthcare Ethics and Health Equity
DSRE 6610
Clinical Dental Materials  
IPHE 6000
Interprofessional Healthcare Ethics and Health Equity
DSRE 6610
Clinical Dental Materials  
  DSRE 6617
Occlusion Lecture
  
  DSRE 6618
Occlusion Lab
  
  DSSD 6600
Clinical Dental Pharmacology
  
  DSSD 6604
Pain Control 1 (Local Anesthesia)
  
  DSSD 6608
Prevention and Management of Medical Emergencies
  
  DSSD 6612
Orofacial Pain
  

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’s Hospital Colorado.


FALL SPRING SUMMER 
DSCD 7702Integration for Patient Care 1
DSCD 7703Integration for Patient Care 2
DSCD 7791Community-Based Clinical Dentistry I
DSCD 7705
Clinical Transformations: Interprofessional Education
DSCD 7706Clinical Transformations: Interprofessional Education
DSCD 7797Special Care Clinic B
DSCD 7710
Behavioral Health Sciences
DSCD 7709Community Public Health 3
DSEL 9113
Dental Community Engagement & Service
DSCD 7711
Gerotology & Geriatric Health Care
DSCD 7713INBDE Preparation Course 1
DSEN 7033
Clinical Endodontics 3
DSCD 7730
Adult Special Health Care Need Dentistry
DSCD 7726Dental Practice Planning
DSFD 7033
Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 4
DSDD 7703
Medically Complex Dental Care
DSCD 7796
Special Care Clinic A
DSOD 7033
Clinical Oral Diagnosis 4
DSEL 9114
Global Health, Policy, & Humanitarism
DSEL 9113
Dental Community Engagement & Service
DSOP 7033
Clinical Operative Dentistry 4
DSEL 9115
Advanced Studies in Community Dentistry
DSEL 9114
Global Health, Policy, & Humanitarism
DSPD 7033
Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 3
DSEN 7011
Clinical Endodontics 1
DSEL 9115
Advanced Studies in Community Dentistry
DSPE 7033
Clinical Periodontics 4
DSFD 7011
Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 2
DSEL 9118
Rural Oral Health Practice 3
DSRE 7721
Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic "D"
DSOD 7011
Clinical Oral Diagnosis 2
DSEN 7022
Clinical Endodontics 2
DSRP 7033
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 4
DSOP 7011
Clinical Operative Dentistry 2
DSEN 7712
Endodontics 3
  
DSOS 7011
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2
DSFD 7022
Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 3
  
DSPD 7011
Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 1
DSOD 7022
Clinical Oral Diagnosis 3
  
DSPD 7700
Pediatric Dentistry 3
DSOD 7715
Diagnosis of Orofacial Lesions
  
DSPE 7011
Clinical Periodontics 2
DSOD 7724
Diagnostic Radiology
  
DSRE 7712
Implant Dentistry
DSON 7755
Clinical Oncology
  
DSRE 7717
Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic "B"
DSOP 7022
Clinical Operative Dentistry 3
  
DSRE 7718
Critical Thinking and Patient Care Seminar
DSOT 7021
Clinical Orthodontics 1
  
DSRE 7935
Treatment Planning and Case Presentation 1
DSOT 7720
Orthodontics 2
  
DSRP 7011
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 2
DSPD 7022
Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 2  
DSSD 7712
Dental Pain and Emergencies
DSPE 7022Clinical Periodontics 3
  
  DSRE 7706
Critical Appraisal of Translational Literature
  
  DSRE 7711
Advanced and Digital Prosthodontics
  
  DSRE 7719
Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic "C"
  
  DSRE 7936
Treatment Planning and Case Presentation 2
  
  DSRP 7022
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 3
  

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.


FALL SPRING SUMMER 
DSCD 8892
Community – Based Clinical Dentistry 2
DSCD 8812Dental Ethics & Jurisprudence  
DSCD 8896
Special Care Clinic CDSCD 8822Dental Practice Management & Leadership
  
DSEL 9114
Global Health, Policy, & Humanitarism
DSCD 8893Community – Based Clinical Dentistry 3  
DSEL 9115
Advanced Studies in Community Dentistry
DSEL 9114
Global Health, Policy, & Humanitarism
  
DSEN 8011
Clinical Endodontics 4
DSEL 9115
Advanced Studies in Community Dentistry
  
DSFD 8011
Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 5
DSEL 9119
Rural Oral Health Practice 4
  
DSFD 8861
Advanced Implant Prosthodontics Seminar
DSEN 8022
Clinical Endodontics 5
  
DSOD 8010
Clinical Oral Radiology
DSFD 8022
Clinical Fixed Prothodontics 6
  
DSOD 8011
Clinical Oral Diagnosis 5
DSOD 8022
Clinical Oral Diagnosis 6
  
DSOP 8011
Clinical Operative Dentistry 5
DSOP 8022
Clinical Operative Dentistry 6
  
DSOS 8011

Clinical Oral Maxillofacial Surgery 1

DSPE 8022
Clinical Periodontics 6
  
DSPE 8011
Clinical Periodontics 5
DSRE 8827
Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic "F"
  
DSRE 8806
Critical Appraisal of Translational Literature 2
DSRE 8946
Treatment Planning and Case Presentation 4
  
DSRE 8810
Restorative Dentistry Advanced Clinical Training Service Seminar - Section 1
DSRP 8022
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 6
  
DSRE 8817
Comprehensive Patient Care Clinic "E"
    
DSRE 8945
Treatment Planning and Case Presentation
    
DSRP 8011
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 5
    
DSSD 8011
Clinical Emergencies 1
    
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