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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 8020 General and Oral Histology 4 M. Kurpakus-Wheater
    DBS 8150 Biochemistry 3 M. Gleason
    DBS 8040 Immunology 2.5 D. Fischer
    DBS 8180 Physiology I (Wk 10-18) DEF J. Scheys
    DENT 8100 Dental School 101 - 1st Year Seminar 0 J. Daniels
    DENT 8001 Practice Essentials Module 1 2 M. Mayberry
    DRD 8001 Integrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation 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 8041 Dental Genetics and Genomics 2 C. Smoczer
    DBS 8140 Gross Anatomy II 4 M. Ahmad
    DBS 8180 Physiology I (Wk 1-9) 3 J. Scheys
    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 J. Thomson
    DOM 8210 General Pathology DEF J. Ojha
    DRD 8002 Intergrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation II 8 E.J. Newness/S. Chitre
    DSD 8430 Community Dentistry II: Dental Public Health 1 D. Byrappagari
    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 M. Gleason
    DBS 8220 Pharmacology I DEF S. Chand
    DBS 8230 Physiology II 3 J. Scheys
    DBS 8270 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases II 2 J. Thomsom
    DOM 8210 General Pathology 4 J. Ojha
    DOM 8220 Radiology DEF A. Balasundaram
    DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology DEF R. Geist
    DOS 8390 Physical Assessment DEF S. Aravindaksha
    DPE 8111 Periodontics I DEF A. Neely/B. Kinaia/C. Kuxhaus
    DRD 8111 Restorative I 8 W. Lim (A. Fard)
    DSD 8200 Professional Ethics Development II 1.5 P. Zarkowski/N. Poznick
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 2 Fall Term

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DBS 8220 Pharmacology I 2 W. C. Foong
    DOD 8200 Growth and Development 1 R. Kulbersh
    DOD 8201 Orthodontics 2 H. Kang
    DOM 8220 Radiology 3 J. Geist
    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 Control 1 I. Zakhary
    DOS 8390 Physical Assessment 2 D. Nair
    DPE 8111 Periodontics 8.5 A. Neely/C. Kuxhaus
    DRD 8211 Restorative II DEF W. Lim (M. Mansour, C. Stone)
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 2 Winter Term 

    Course # Course Credits Faculty
    DBS 8310 Pharmacology II DEF S. Chand
    DEN 8240 Preclinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
    DOD 8210 Preclinical Orthodontics 2 R. Al-Qawasmi
    DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation 4 J. Geist
    DOM 8280 Principles of Treatment Planning 2 N. Kashani/D. Kacir/B. Underwood
    DOS 8340 Oral Surgery I 1 I. Zakhary
    DPD 8300 Pediatric Dentistry I 1 K. Ranganath
    DPE 8240 Periodontial Therapy II 1 M. Campos/T. Thompson
    DPE 8290 Strategies for the Prevention of Oral Diseases 2 D. Mattana/J. Palanci/N. Poznick
    DRD 8211 Restorative II 6 W. Lim (D. Gurun)
    DSD 8230 Evidence-Based Dentistry II 1 N. Sleiman/M. Mayberry/E.J. Newness
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation 1 M. Coleman

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

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    Third Year

    DS 3 Summer Term (11.5 credits)

    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
    DEN 8240 Preclinical Endodontics 2 J. Braud
    DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics DEF H. Kang
    DOM 8370 Oral Medicine I 2 R. Geist
    DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
    DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II DEF M. Sadek
    DOS 8250 Management of Medical Emergencies .5 S. Aravindaksha
    DPD 8240 Pediatric Dentistry Preclinical 2 R. Alabduljabbar
    DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics DEF K. Ranganath
    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 Ceresnie/Rodems
    DCD 8340 Removable Prosthodontics 1 A. Fard
    DCL 8302 Integrated Clinical Patient Care II 10 N. Kashani/D. Gurun
    DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics DEF H. Kang
    DOM 8370 Oral Medicine I R. Geist
    DOM 8380 TMJ Pathology and Facial Pain 1 F. Plaza
    DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
    DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II 1.5 M. Sadek
    DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics DEF S. Chand
    DPD 8240 Pediatric Dentistry Preclinical 2 R. Alabduljabbar
    DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics DEF K. Ranganath
    DPD 8340 Pediatric Dentistry III DEF S. Atwan
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 3 Winter Term 

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

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

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    Fourth Year

    DS 4 Summer Term

    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 R. Al-Abbousi
    DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
    DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology 1 J. Geist
    DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir/M. Pytenko
    DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
    DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics DEF S. Atwan
    DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics DEF A. Janic/A. Neely
    DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF S. Markofsky
    DSD 8410 Practice Management II 1 J. Parent
    DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF D. Byrappagari
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 4 Fall Term

    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 R. Al-Abboiusi
    DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
    DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir/M. Pytenko
    DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
    DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics DEF S. Atwan
    DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics DEF A. Janic/A. Neely
    DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF S. Markofsky
    DSD 8460 Practice Management III 1.5 J. Parent
    DENT 8410 Dental Rounds II 1 M. Mayberry/V. Rodrigues/S. Markofsky
    DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF D. Byrappagari
    DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF M. Coleman

    DS 4 Winter Term 

    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 R. Al-Abboussi
    DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics 4 J. Braud
    DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis 1 N. Kashani/D. Kacir/M. Pytenko
    DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery 1 H. Perez
    DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics 2 S. Atwan
    DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics 3 A. Janic/A. Neely
    DRD 8411 Clinical Operative 6 S. Markofsky
    DENT 8410 Dental Rounds II 1 M. Mayberry/ V. Rodrigues/S. Markofsky
    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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