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 a curriculum which explores strategies for preserving health through general and oral health therapies, patient education, disease risk assessment, and disease prevention. This theme provides a 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 136Cariology1
DSPR 139Neoplasia and Genetics1
HEWB 121Foundations of Life Science4.5
HEWB 130Oral Histology1.5
HWDP 131Heart and Lungs in Health and Disease4.5
LDRS 100Introduction to Interprofesssional Education and Collaboration (graded in the spring).5
LDRS 111Epidemiology for Public Health and Clinical Practice2.5
MAHE 141Preventive Periodontics1
MAHE 144Preventive Periodontics Clinic (graded in the spring)1
MAHE 145ACE: Outreach Preventive Dentistry2
REHE 151Dental Anatomy3
REHE 153Dental Anatomy Laboratory1
Second Term
HEWB 123Facial Growth1.5
HEWB 124Masticatory Dynamics2
HEWB 126Masticatory Dynamics Lab1.5
HEWB 128Body as Host4
HEWB 134Head and Neck Structure and Function4.5
HWDP 142Gastrointestinal System in Health and Disease2
LDRS 100Introduction to Interprofesssional Education and Collaboration.5
LDRS 118Ergonomics.5
MAHE 144Preventive Periodontics Clinic1
MAHE 147ACE Clinical Outreach Preventive Dentistry2
REHE 120Introduction to Radiography1.5
REHE 152Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthetics1
REHE 154Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthetics Lab1
REHE 158Dental Materials I.5
REHE 162Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry I.5
REHE 172Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry I Lab.5

Second Year Courses

First Term
HWDP 232Renal and Hematologic Systems in Health and Disease2
HWDP 243Endocrine and Reproductive Systems in Health and Disease1.5
HWDP 245Musculoskeletal System in Health and Disease1.5
HWDP 246Neuroscience in Health and Disease2
MAHE 242Periodontics (graded in the spring)1
REHE 257Prosthodontic Technology2
REHE 259-1Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthodontics II1
REHE 260-1Basic Procedure Fixed Prosthodontics II Lab1
REHE 262Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry II1
REHE 264Endodontics.5
REHE 272Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry II Lab1
REHE 267Prosthodontic Technology Lab2
REHE 274Endodontics Lab1
REMA 261Preclinical Orthodontics1
Second Term
DSPR 232Periodontics1
DSPR 234Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology2
INQU 202Introduction to Medicine: Patient Assessment1.5
MAHE 214ACE: Family First1
MAHE 242Periodontics1
REHE 252Pain Control1
REHE 253Basic Procedures in Esthetics1
REHE 254Pharmacology4
REHE 256Radiologic Interpretation1
REHE 258Principles of Treatment Planning I1
REHE 259-2Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthodontics II1
REHE 260-2Basic Procedure Fixed Prosthodontics II Lab1
REHE 263Basic Procedure in Esthetics Lab.5
REHE 266Partial Denture Design2
REHE 276Partial Denture Design Lab1.5
REHE 268Basic Procedures Competency1.5
REMA 270Introduction to Pediatrics1

Third Year Courses

Summer Term
DSPR 333Management of Medical Emergencies.5
DSRE 335Clinical Pharmacology1.5
DSRE 395Introduction to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.5
HEWB 349Dentofacial Morphology1
LDRS 313Dental Patient Management/Risk Management1
REHE 358Dental Materials II.5
First Term
COMP 387General Practice Dentistry A2.5
COMP 389General Practice Dentistry B2.5
DSPR 341Oral Diagnosis and Radiology2
DSPR 344Principles of Medicine.5
DSRE 391Endodontics1
DSRE 393Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery I1
DSRE 397-1Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion1
LDRS 317Dental Auxiliary Management.5
REHE 351Surgical Periodontics1
REHE 353Principles of Treatment Planning II1
REHE 355Esthetic Dentistry1
REHE 360Implant Dentistry1
Second Term
COMP 378Pediatric Dentistry Clinic1.5
COMP 390General Practice Dentistry A2.5
COMP 394General Practice Dentistry B2.5
DSPR 342Oral Cancer Diagnosis1
DSRE 370Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II1
DSRE 374Fixed Prosthodontics1
DSRE 392Nitrous Oxide and Conscious Sedation.5
DSRE 397-2Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion1
LDRS 310Professional Development1
LDRS 316Practice Management I1
MAHE 340Nutrition for Dentistry1
REHE 362Clinical Application of CAD/CAM Technologies.5
REMA 380Introduction to Geriatric Dentistry1

Fourth Year Courses

Summer Term
COMP 322Surgical Periodontics1
COMP 358Clinical Oral Surgery I1
COMP 384General Dentistry Clinical Qualifying1
COMP 386Quality Assurance1
LDRS 415Practice Management II1.5
REHE 413Advanced Implant Dentistry I1
First Term
COMP 417Community Oral Health Capstone Experience (graded in the spring)1.5
COMP 422Periodontics (graded in the spring).5
COMP 427Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning1
COMP 428Oral Diagnosis and Radiology (graded in the spring).5
COMP 448Endodontics (graded in the spring)2
COMP 458Clinical Oral Surgery II (graded in the spring)1
COMP 464Operative Dentistry (graded in the spring)2.5
COMP 468Removable Prosthodontics (graded in the spring)1.5
COMP 474Fixed Prosthodontics (graded in the spring)2.5
COMP 478Pediatric Dentistry (graded in the spring)1.5
COMP 480Clinical Geriatric Dentistry (graded in the spring).5
COMP 482Clinical Orthodontics (graded in the spring)1
COMP 487General Practice Dentistry A2.5
COMP 489General Practice Dentistry B2.5
COMP 492General Dentistry Clinical Competency (Graded in Spring).5
LDRS 416Practice Management III1.5
LDRS 420Jurisprudence and Professional Ethical Responsibility.5
REHE 400-1Regional Board Preparation.5
REHE 421Periodontal Medicine and Cases1
REHE 455General Anesthesia, Oral Surgery.5
REHE 482Orthodontics1
REHE 488Case Presentations I1
Second Term
COMP 417Community Oral Health Capstone Experience1.5
COMP 422Periodontics.5
COMP 428Oral Diagnosis and Radiology.5
COMP 448Endodontics2
COMP 458Clinical Oral Surgery II1
COMP 464Operative Dentistry2.5
COMP 468Removable Prosthodontics1.5
COMP 474Fixed Prosthodontics2.5
COMP 478Pediatric Dentistry1.5
COMP 480Clinical Geriatric Dentistry.5
COMP 482Clinical Orthodontics1
COMP 490General Practice Dentistry A2.5
COMP 492General Dentistry Clinical Competency.5
COMP 494General Practice Dentistry B2.5
COMP 498Quality Assurance1
REHE 400-2Regional Board Preparation.5
REHE 414Advanced Implant Dentistry II1
REHE 489Case Presentations II1