Courses & Curriculum

D.D.S. students enjoy a challenging clinical education in a supportive environment that is rich with opportunities for professional growth and community involvement.

UMN East Bank aerialA first-year class is admitted each fall. Fall semester begins in mid-August and spring semester in January. Our class of incoming students is a diverse mix of Minnesotans and residents from around the United States and the world.

The school’s community outreach program enables dental, dental hygiene and dental therapy students to refine clinical skills and develop a broad understanding of the health and social responsibilities they will have as dental professionals. 

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.


Curriculum includes:

Basic sciences: Gross and microscopic human anatomy, neuroanatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, human physiology, pathology, oral histology and embryology, and genetics.

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.

Student Intranet Resources

Current students: If you're looking for D.D.S. elective courses, course completion and graduation info, please log in to your intranet account.

Our students are professional leaders. First in the nation to become full members of their state professional association, our students comprise the 8th District Dental Society of the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA). They participate on association committees and its Board of Trustees, and have voting privileges at the MDA House of Delegates.