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Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

DDS Curriculum – Year 1


The primary focus of first year courses is to prepare students for the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I (which is taken at the end of the summer after first year) and to give students an introduction to dental anatomy and restorative procedures. Students take courses that focus on the health sciences and their applications in dentistry including craniofacial biology, microanatomy, human anatomy, oral histology, microbiology, immunology, physiology and pathology. Additionally, students are introduced to dental care in courses related to dental anatomy, dental materials, cariology, infection control, ethics in the health profession and periodontics. Finally, students begin to develop their hand skills by taking simulation lab courses in both direct and indirect restorative procedures and technique lab courses in dental anatomy and occlusion.

DSAD 5501    Community Engagement I
DSBS 5502    Microanatomy
DSBS 5504    Human Gross Anatomy
DSBS 5505    Immunology
DSBS 5506    Oral Histology
DSBD 5507    Molecular Biology
DSBS 5509    Dental Neurosciences
DSRE 5001    Introduction to Dentistry
DSRE 5500    Dental Anatomy
DSRE 5501    Dental Anatomy Laboratory
DSRE 5504    Dental Materials Science I
DSRE 5544    Cariology I
DSSD 5504    Introduction to Clinical Dentistry I

DSBS 5501    Craniofacial Biology and Embryology
DSBS 5502    Microbiology
DSBS 5504    Physiology
DSBS 5505    General Pathology
DSOD 5506    Oral Radiology
DSOD 5507    Oral Radiology Laboratory
DSOP 5509    Principles of Operative Dentistry – Direct Restoration I
DSOP 5001    Principles of Operative Dentistry – Direct Restoration I Lab
DSRE 5500    Occlusion I
DSRE 5501    Occlusion I Lab
DSSD 5504    Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 2
IPED 5544     Interprofessional Education

DSBS 5501    Organ Pathology
DSOD 5502    Health Data Collection I
DSOP 5504    Principles of Operative Dentistry – Direct Restorations II
DSOP 5505    Principles of Operative Dentistry – Direct Restorations II Lab
DSPE 5506    Periodontics I
DSRE 5507    Indirect Single Tooth Restoration I

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