Cariology and Operative Program Requirements


Required Courses:  

This document outlines the basic curriculum requirements for the Graduate Program in CARIOLOGY AND OPERATIVE DENTISTRY and serves as a check-list for the degree or certificate candidate. 

Year 1

Course

Title

Credits

Summer

G948

Advanced Radiographic Imaging 

2

 

R955

Oral Biology 

2.5

 

 

 

 

Fall

G907

Clinical Oral Pathology Conference I 

1

 

R909

Advanced Preventive Dentistry I 

3

 

G980

Reserach Methodology

1

 

G912

Properties & Test Methods:  Dental Materials 

2

 

G952

Analysis of Operative Procedures with Lab

3

 

G953

Recent Advances in Operative Dentistry w/ Lab

3

 

G910

Operative Dentistry/Cariology Seminar (Operative Topics)

1

 

G910

Introduction to Bio-Statistics

3

 

 

 

 

Spring

G909

Clinical Oral Pathology Conference II

1

 

R910

Advanced Preventive Dentistry II 

3

 

G911

Dental Materials Science and Engineering

2

 

G913

Clinical Application of Dental Materials 

2

 

G950

Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry

2

 

G951

Interdisciplinary Role of Operative Dentistry (Spring)

2

 

G910

Operative Dentistry Seminar (Presentation Course)

1

 

G910

Operative Dentistry/Cariology Seminar (Preventive Topics)

1

 

 

 First Year Credit Hours Subtotal

35.5

Year 2

 

 

 

Summer

G930/G925

Research (thesis)

1

 

G950

Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry

2

 

 

 

 

Fall

R911

Advanced Preventive Dentistry III (Fall)

2

 

G660

Clinical Research Methods

3

 

New

Esthetic Dental Procedures with lab

2

 

G950

Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry

2

 

G910

Operative Dentistry/Cariology Seminar (Operative Topics)

1

 

 

 

 

Spring

G959    

Oral Microbiology

3

 

G950

Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry

2

 

G910

Operative Dentistry/Cariology Seminar (Preventive Topics)

1

 

 

Second Year Credit Hours Subtotal

19

 

 

Year 3

 

 

 

Summer

G930/G925

Research (thesis)

1

 

G950

Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry

1

 

 

 

 

Fall

G930/G925

Research (thesis)

2

 

G950

Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry

1

 

G910

Operative Dentistry/Cariology Seminar (Operative Topics)

1

 

 

 

 

Spring

G930/G925

Research (thesis)

3

 

G950

Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry

1

 

G910

Operative Dentistry/Cariology Seminar (Preventive Topics)

1

 

 

Third Year Credit Hours Subtotal

11

Total credits

 

65.5

Elective Courses:

Year 1

Fall

R941

Fundamentals of Implant Dentistry I (Fall)

1

 

R963

Dental Implantology

1

 

 

 

 

Spring

R963

Dental Implantology

1

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Each degree candidate is assigned to a faculty advisory committee. The committee is chaired by the program director of the candidate’s major subject (or the program director’s designee) and is composed of the chair and four or more additional members of the IUSD, IU or Purdue graduate faculty, including at least two from the student’s major department, one from each minor, and one from outside the student’s program of study, if deemed appropriate.  

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

All graduate students must provide the IUSD Graduate Office alist of their graduate research committee members.   The research committee is chaired by the faculty member who directs the thesis research and is composed of the chairperson and at least two  additional members of the IUSD graduate faculty** with at least one  from the student’s major department (minimum of three members willing to devote significant time and effort to the process).

RESEARCH

Scientific inquiry and research are strongly encouraged for all students in the graduate dental programs. Opportunities for both basic and/or clinical research are available in most disciplines, together with appropriate support services and facilities (see Research Handbook).

Degree candidates are required to carry out an original research project and submit an approved thesis. Preliminary review of the literature and selection of a research topic should ordinarily be completed by the end of the first semester of the program. Prior to starting the project, the candidate must submit a research protocol, approved by the candidate's committee. Completion of the research and preparation of the thesis constitute an ongoing activity over the remainder of the program, culminating in the final Defense of Thesis examination by the student's graduate committee.

EXAMINATIONS

The members of the student's advisory committee will conduct preliminary oral and written examinations (required of both degree and certificate candidates), covering essentially the candidate's field of study. The candidate must complete these examinations six months prior to the intended date of graduation. The student is eligible to take these examinations upon completion of one-half of the didactic course work.

REQUIRED ROTATIONS

All students must be currently certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and maintain this certification throughout their program.  Certification courses are offered so that students can meet this requirement.

Each student is required to devote some time toward teaching of undergraduate dental students.  This will occur either in a laboratory setting or during treatment of patients.

Each student is required to participate in clinical study club teaching sessions which take place during both years of the program.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Students in the Graduate Program in Cariology and Operative Dentistry may select electives from any of the Graduate courses offered at the School of Dentistry with the following stipulations:

            1.  The elective course must not conflict with any required course or activity.

            2.  The student must obtain permission from both the elective course director and the Director of the Cariology and Operative Dentistry program to enroll in the course.

Students may elect to take basic courses in other disciplines such as Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, or Oral Pathology.  It should be noted that you cannot receive a minor in an American Dental Association recognized specialty.  This does not mean that you may not take courses in these areas, just that they do not qualify as a minor.

 ACADEMY OF OPERATIVE DENTISTRY (AOD)

The AOD is the specialty organization for our discipline.  The annual scientific meeting offers important opportunities to hear world class speakers, present table clinics, and network with other specialists in Operative Dentistry. Attendance at this important meeting is required.   The cost for academic members to attend this meeting is approximately $1000 each year.  

Student can have the registration fee waived if they are selected to present a table clinic at the meeting. 

First and Second year students are required to attend Tucker Gold Study clubs held annually at IUSD.  First year students will assist during procedures, Second and Third year students may assist or treat a patient.

 IUSD CE COURSES

Graduate students are also eligible to attend the numerous Continuing Education courses offered by the Indiana University School of Dentistry.  The Director of Continuing Education has set forth the following policy for graduate students:

"Graduate students may attend select courses on a space available basis.  Tuition fee will be waived.  A minimal fee will be charged to cover expenses and an additional per person/per day at cost fee will be charged when lunches are involved (and the student wishes to participate).  Workshops and limited attendance courses are on a space available basis.  In addition to the university policy registration fee, materials, instruments, and laboratory fees will be offered at cost."

 REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  1. It is required that all Graduate Operative Dentistry students have a digital clinical camera system that will take high quality intraoral photos. Students who don’t already have a clinical camera system will purchase this equipment during the first semester of the program (approx. $1500).   Our students photograph all of the treatment they perform in the clinic.  High quality digital images are used in student presentations, to communicate with the dental laboratory when doing indirect esthetic restorations, and for medical-legal documentation.
  2. The use of magnification loupes and supplemental lighting allows the dental clinician to perform at a much higher level.   Each student is required to have magnification loupes with headlight.   This equipment can be purchased after the student begins the program.  Student discounts are available. (Approx. cost $1600.)

LAPTOP COMPUTER

The IUSD IT office has developed the ‘bring your own laptop’ program in which students may bring whatever make and model of laptop that best suits your learning experience.  However, the laptop must meet the minimum hardware and software requirements we have provided so that students are able to complete coursework successfully.  The university offers competitive pricing on laptops through several hardware vendors.  Students can purchase a laptop through these vendors at the following site https://kb.iu.edu/d/antk.   Students will be required to encrypt your laptop, and the IUSD IT office can help guide with this process.