The curriculum includes: (1) Basic sciences—gross and microscopic human anatomy, neuroanatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, human physiology, pathology, oral histology and embryology, and genetics; and (2) Dentistry courses—oral anatomy, operative dentistry, oral diagnosis, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, anesthesia, periodontology, oral radiology, biomaterials, fixed and removable prosthodontics; and management and supervision of dental practice, jurisprudence, and ethics. Elective experiences are also available.
First Year: Coursework includes basic science courses on normal human tissues, including the molecular, cellular and organ systems. Technical dental courses, analysis of dental literature, and ethical training applicable to the profession begin during the first year.
Second Year: Basic science courses focus on pathology. Technical dental courses culminate in treating patients. Students provide episodic patient care.
Third Year: Clinical science courses occupy much of the student's time. Correlations among basic, behavioral and clinical sciences are established in the clinical setting. Students establish their first dental practice and provide comprehensive patient care.
Fourth Year: Clinical science training is completed and the transition from school to practice begins.