Doctor of Dental Surgery
The Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree is offered for students who wish to become dentists. High school students who are interested in pursuing a D.D.S. should enroll in a college preparatory program that includes courses in biology, chemistry, higher mathematics, and physics. West Virginia University does not offer a pre-dentistry program.
Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene, a division of the School of Dentistry, offers a four-year curriculum leading to a B.S. in dental hygiene. The program is in part, based in the liberal arts, but it is also a thoroughly professional education. The format of the curriculum is not conventional, in that it includes courses from many academic disciplines. The program prepares students through classroom and practical experiences.
Master of Science Dental Hygiene
The Division of Dental Hygiene offer a program of advanced study leading to the degree of master of science. This program requires a minimum of thirty-seven semester hours through full-time or part-time enrollment in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dental hygienists for careers in teaching, administration, research, and management.
Master of Science Endodontics
The Department of Endodontics at West Virginia University offers a 34 month advanced education Master of Science program. It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in endodontic clinical practice, teaching and research.
General Practice Residency Program
he West Virginia University School of Dentistry offers two general practice residency positions that are one year in duration. These positions provide advanced didactic experience in the sciences basic for dental practice, and a variety of hospital-related clinical experiences, not usually, included in a predoctoral dental school curriculum. In addition, experience is gained in the TEAM concept of oral health care delivery. The resident’s ability to understand the disease process and to treat the mentally and medically compromised patient is enhanced and expertise is gained in providing comprehensive oral health care in the hospital and family practice environment.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at West Virginia University School of Dentistry conducts an Advanced Educational Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The program is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and is designed to meet the requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Master of Science Orthodontics
The Department of Orthodontics at West Virginia University offers a 34 month advanced education Master of Science program. The program models a private practice atmosphere with state-of-the-art clinical facilities. The curriculum is centered on daily clinical seminars and private instruction with each individual class. Also included are regularly scheduled orthognathic surgery conferences and seminars with other dental and medical specialists.
Master of Science Prosthodontics
The Department of Restorative Dentistry at West Virginia University offers a program of advanced study and clinical training leading to the degree of Master of Science. The program requires a minimum of 34 months (three academic years and two summers) of full-time residency in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in prosthodontic clinical practice, teaching, and research.
Orthodontic Preceptorship Residency Program
The Department of Orthodontics at West Virginia University offers a Orthodontic Preceptorship Program, which is a nine month non-degree course of study. This program is offered to domestic and international applicants who have graduated from dental schools. A non-academic certificate is awarded to the participant upon successful completion of this program. This Preceptorship can be up to three students per year, dependent upon the applicant’s professional credentials and clinical space available. Applicants are expected to demonstrate educational interest and aptitude in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Periodontic Preceptorship Residency Program
The Periodontics Preceptorship Program is a 12 month non-degree course of study offered by the Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, West Virginia University. A non-academic certificate is awarded to the participant upon successful completion of this program. This Preceptorship will be limited to one student per year, dependent upon the applicant’s professional credentials and clinical space available.