We offer a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree and provide students with a dynamic learning environment in which to develop the technical competence, intellectual capacity and professional responsibility necessary to meet the oral health needs of a society in a state of constant transformation. The predoctoral curriculum consists of eight semesters and three summer sessions. Students are enrolled in courses designed primarily to prepare them for the general practice of dentistry. A curricular option is available for dental students to pursue combined degrees in either Public Health or Business Administration.
Training is provided with state-of-the art technology, including electronic health records, digital radiography, and digital implant planning and dental simulation technology. Our students actively engage in outreach to local, state, regional and global communities. Dynamic educational, service and research experiences help students become clinically competent oral health professionals. Third year students conduct research projects under the mentorship of dental and basic sciences faculty. They present their findings locally and, in some instances, have the opportunity to give presentations in professional settings at the state and national levels. A community-based rural practice rotation is required during the fourth year of the curriculum. The predoctoral curriculum provides comprehensive and current course content that is sequenced in a logical manner by addressing how each discipline can contribute to the attainment of competencies that build upon one another. The predoctoral curriculum prepares students to:
- Integrate course theory with practice to enhance learning
- Perform appropriate clinical care/community service as early as possible in the curriculum
- Provide oral health care commensurate with your knowledge and training
- Manage the comprehensive needs of a family of patients through the team approach
Student progress is monitored regularly by the Academic and Professional Standards Committee, academic advisors, and a team leader program, which exists to ensure students have varied and appropriate learning experiences to achieve competency and to provide comprehensive health care to a family of patients.