Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

The program will accomplish its goals through academic work in four themes and two threads, which are woven throughout the four years of the program. The program includes a variety of educational formats to deliver the curricula, including problem-based learning sessions, team-based learning, independent study, seminars, experiential learning opportunities, traditional lectures, laboratories, standardized patient experiences, and patient-based comprehensive care. An important goal of the curriculum is to help students become better prepared in independent learning, critical thinking skills, and the use of evidence. The curriculum includes the following themes and threads:


Health and Well-Being

This theme contains all curricula -- both didactic and clinical -- that apply to health and the normal structure and functioning of the body and of the oral complex. The traditional content areas of physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, histology, among other dental science classes, are integrated through cases to form a better bridge between the basic sciences and the clinical sciences.

Disease Processes

The Disease Processes theme includes content related to general and oral diseases. These topics are often melded with healthy structure and function content to provide students with a global perspective of the implications of disease on usual functioning.

Restoration of Health

This theme contains content related to therapies necessary for treatment of medical disease and dental disease. A focus on restoring oral health is accomplished through virtual reality clinical skills training, training on models and progression to comprehensive dental care in conjunction with didactic knowledge.

Maintenance of Health

The Maintenance of Health theme focuses on curriculum which explores strategies for preserving health through general and oral health therapies, patient education, disease risk assessment, and disease prevention. This theme provides viewpoint from which students can develop life-long care plans for their patients.



This thread that runs throughout the four-year program supports student growth in skills in clinical decision making. Students develop an understanding of what scientific evidence is, how to make clinical decisions, and to value scientific discovery in all aspects of dentistry.


This thread contains curriculum for the development of students as ethical, sensitive, caring practitioners who are stewards of oral health of the individual patient, the community, and society. An important focus in Leadership curriculum is content that helps students advance in their role as a professional. It also supports the integration of all students into the practice management curriculum centered within their clinical preceptor groups.


Year 1

This year includes curriculum describing normal healthy functioning and disease processes. Basic science content is taught in the context of clinical cases. Foundational work in understanding human structure and function is paired with learning about disease. Dental clinical sciences study the foundational elements of oral health.

Year 2

This year continues with an integrated approach to curricula in health and disease with an emphasis on the development of dental clinical skills. Further development of students as clinicians proceeds with their involvement in the clinical preceptor groups. Students will make a transition to increasing patient-centered clinical care as they demonstrate competency in clinical skills and didactic knowledge.

Year 3

This year includes didactic work related to advancing levels of knowledge and clinical experience. Students spend time in didactic classes that are directly related to clinical practice and in rotations to specialty clinical areas while accomplishing comprehensive patient care.

Year 4

Students gain clinical experience in the Comprehensive Care Clinics and finish didactic work which may include enrichment courses. They participate in practice management activities of their preceptor group, developing critical skills for general practice dentistry.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

First Year Courses 

First Term
DSPR 136Cariology-
HEWB 121Foundations of Life Science-
HEWB 130Oral Histology-
HWDP 131Heart and Lungs in Health and Disease-
LDRS 100Introduction to Interprofesssional Education and Collaboration (graded in the spring)-
LDRS 111Epidemiology for Public Health and Clinical Practice-
MAHE 141Preventive Periodontics-
MAHE 144Preventive Periodontics Clinic (graded in the spring)-
MAHE 145ACE: Outreach Preventive Dentistry-
REHE 151Dental Anatomy-
REHE 153Dental Anatomy Laboratory-
Second Term
HEWB 123Facial Growth-
HEWB 124Masticatory Dynamics-
HEWB 126Masticatory Dynamics Lab-
HEWB 128Body as Host-
HEWB 134Head and Neck Structure and Function-
INQU 102ACE: Knowing the Patient-
LDRS 100Introduction to Interprofesssional Education and Collaboration-
LDRS 116Promoting Evidence-based Dentistry I-
MAHE 144Preventive Periodontics Clinic-
MAHE 147ACE Clinical Outreach Preventive Dentistry-
REHE 152Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthetics-
REHE 154Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthetics Lab-
REHE 158Dental Materials I-
REHE 162Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry I-
REHE 172Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry I Lab-
HEWB Foundations of Life Science
Total Units0

Second Year Courses

First Term
DSPR 239Neoplasia-
HWDP 232Renal and Hematologic Systems in Health and Disease-
HWDP 241Gastrointestinal System in Health and Disease-
HWDP 243Endocrine and Reproductive Systems in Health and Disease-
HWDP 245Musculoskeletal System in Health and Disease-
HWDP 246Neuroscience in Health and Disease-
MAHE 242Periodontics (graded in the spring)-
REHE 229Introduction to Radiography-
REHE 257Prosthodontic Technology-
REHE 259-1Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthodontics II-
REHE 260-1Basic Procedure Fixed Prosthodontics II Lab-
REHE 262Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry II-
REHE 272Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry II Lab-
REHE 267Prosthodontic Technology Lab-
REMA 261Preclinical Orthodontics-
Second Term
DSPR 232Periodontics-
DSPR 234Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology-
DSPR 244Principles of Medicine-
MAHE 214ACE: Family First-
MAHE 242Periodontics-
REHE 252Pain Control-
REHE 253Basic Procedures in Esthetics-
REHE 254Pharmacology-
REHE 256Radiologic Interpretation-
REHE 258Principles of Treatment Planning I-
REHE 259-2Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthodontics II-
REHE 260-2Basic Procedure Fixed Prosthodontics II Lab-
REHE 263Basic Procedure in Esthetics Lab-
REHE 264Endodontics-
REHE 266Partial Denture Design-
REHE 276Partial Denture Design Lab-
REHE 268Basic Procedures Competency-
REHE 274Endodontics Lab-
REMA 270Introduction to Pediatrics-
Total Units0

Third Year Courses

Summer Term
DSPR 333Management of Medical Emergencies-
DSRE 335Clinical Pharmacology-
DSRE 395Introduction to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery-
HEWB 349Dentofacial Morphology-
LDRS 313Dental Patient Management/Risk Management-
REHE 358Dental Materials II-
First Term
COMP 387General Practice Dentistry A-
COMP 389General Practice Dentistry B-
DSPR 341Oral Diagnosis and Radiology-
DSRE 391Endodontics-
DSRE 393Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery I-
DSRE 397-1Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion-
LDRS 317Dental Auxiliary Management-
REHE 351Surgical Periodontics-
REHE 353Principles of Treatment Planning II-
REHE 355Esthetic Dentistry-
REHE 360Implant Dentistry-
Second Term
COMP 390General Practice Dentistry A-
COMP 394General Practice Dentistry B-
DSPR 342Oral Cancer Diagnosis-
DSRE 370Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II-
DSRE 374Fixed Prosthodontics-
DSRE 392Nitrous Oxide and Conscious Sedation-
DSRE 397-2Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion-
LDRS 310Professional Development-
LDRS 316Practice Management I-
MAHE 340Nutrition for Dentistry-
REHE 362Clinical Application of CAD/CAM Technologies-
REMA 380Introduction to Geriatric Dentistry-
Total Units0

Fourth Year Courses

Summer Term
COMP 322Surgical Periodontics-
COMP 328Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning-
COMP 348Endodontics-
COMP 358Clinical Oral Surgery I-
COMP 378Pediatric Dentistry Clinic-
COMP 384General Dentistry Clinical Qualifying-
COMP 386Quality Assurance-
LDRS 415Practice Management II-
REHE 413Advanced Implant Dentistry I-
First Term
COMP 417Community Oral Health Capstone Experience (graded in the spring)-
COMP 422Periodontics (graded in the spring)-
COMP 428Oral Diagnosis and Radiology (graded in the spring)-
COMP 448Endodontics (graded in the spring)-
COMP 458Clinical Oral Surgery II (graded in the spring)-
COMP 464Operative Dentistry (graded in the spring)-
COMP 468Removable Prosthodontics (graded in the spring)-
COMP 474Fixed Prosthodontics (graded in the spring)-
COMP 478Pediatric Dentistry (graded in the spring)-
COMP 480Clinical Geriatric Dentistry (graded in the spring)-
COMP 482Clinical Orthodontics (graded in the spring)-
COMP 487General Practice Dentistry A-
COMP 489General Practice Dentistry B-
COMP 492General Dentistry Clinical Competency (Graded in Spring)-
DSPR 426Oral Diagnosis Seminar-
LDRS 416Practice Management III-
LDRS 420Jurisprudence and Professional Ethical Responsibility-
REHE 400-1Regional Board Preparation-
REHE 421Periodontal Medicine and Cases-
REHE 455General Anesthesia, Oral Surgery-
REHE 482Orthodontics-
REHE 488Case Presentations I-
Second Term
COMP 417Community Oral Health Capstone Experience-
COMP 422Periodontics-
COMP 428Oral Diagnosis and Radiology-
COMP 448Endodontics-
COMP 458Clinical Oral Surgery II-
COMP 464Operative Dentistry-
COMP 468Removable Prosthodontics-
COMP 474Fixed Prosthodontics-
COMP 478Pediatric Dentistry-
COMP 480Clinical Geriatric Dentistry-
COMP 482Clinical Orthodontics-
COMP 490General Practice Dentistry A-
COMP 492General Dentistry Clinical Competency-
COMP 494General Practice Dentistry B-
COMP 498Quality Assurance-
REHE 400-2Regional Board Preparation-
REHE 414Advanced Implant Dentistry II-
REHE 489Case Presentations II-
Total Units0