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DDS Curriculum


Doctor of Dental Surgery Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is four academic years in length. The lockstep curriculum is presented over eight semesters and four summer sessions, and consists of 121 required courses weighted at 172.5 credit hours. Courses provide instruction in the basic and biomedical sciences, dental sciences, and clinical sciences.

A typical week involves 8a-5p classes, laboratories, and/or patient care Monday-Friday. Dental Sciences courses (preclinical laboratories) are taken in modern simulation and bench laboratories, and patient care is provided in the state-of-the-art Fritts Clinical Care Center (beginning in Fall 2018).

In addition to the required courses, students have the opportunity to participate in a robust elective community-based education program, including a Student Outreach Clinic, international service learning trips, and local community service activities.

Curriculum Highlights First and Second-year

  • Early clinical experiences are provided for first and second-year students as part of the Introduction to Patient Care and Applied Clinical Dentistry course series

  • A systems-based approach is used to teach the biomedical sciences, and biomedical sciences courses are primarily taught by IUSD faculty

  • An emphasis is placed on preclinical laboratory technique courses to develop hand skills in disciplines such as Operative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Orthodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry

  • A Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine course is taught to reinforce key concepts in the biomedical sciences within the context of patient care

  • Standardized patients are used to authentically assess students’ performance in simulated dental encounters

  • The foundations of Interprofessional Education (IPE) are introduced and IPE activities are integrated in the DDS curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with students from other health professions schools.

First-Year Curriculum

SUMMER SESSION COURSES, 5.50 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D511 Head and Neck Anatomy (3.0 cr.)

This course focuses on Human Gross Anatomy (Macroscopic Anatomy) of the head and neck through dissection.  Students will learn the locations and physical relationships of anatomical structures in the head and neck and be able to critically analyze clinical cases.  This knowledge will provide the anatomical basis for specific diagnostic and treatment procedures currently used in dentistry and medicine.

DENT T520 Introduction to the Profession of Dentistry (2.5 cr.)

This course is designed to help students think critically about the nature of health care, professions and the bioethical and psychosocial dimensions of the doctor-patient relationship. Students will learn the foundations of evidence-based dentistry (EBD) and to analyze health care problems from population, behavioral, biomedical and ethical perspectives.

 


FALL SEMESTER COURSES, 23.00 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D501 Introduction to Patient Care I (1.0 cr.)

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply, in a clinical care setting, the didactic content they are learning in the first year of the predocotoral curriculum.   The course consists of face-to-face lectures, laboratory exercises and partnered patient care experiences.  Students will gain experience in preparation and disinfection of the dental operatory, use of personal protective equipment, patient data collection, use of the electronic health record system, conducting a caries risk assessment, providing effective patient education, and fluoride application.   Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for the second semester Introduction to Patient Care course.

DENT D503 Relationship-centered Care: Behavioral Science, Ethics and Professionalism I (2.0 cr.)

This course takes a relationship-centered care perspective in teaching and reinforcing foundational concepts of healthcare communication theory, humanism, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

DENT D504 Dental Public Health (1.0 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to dental public health with emphasis on the role of dentistry in our local, national and international communities.

DENT D510 General Microbiology, Infectious Disease, & Antimicrobial Therapy (3.0 cr.)

This course is designed to expand the students' understanding of microbiology and infectious diseases and to complement student learning in concurrent biomedical and dental sciences courses. It prepares the student for the Systems Approach to Biomedical Sciences (SABS) courses in the following semester. The principles of pharmacology are introduced, including the basics of pharmacodynamics (what the drugs do to the body), pharmacokinetics (what the body does to the drug) and therapeutics (the use of a drug or combination of drugs to treat disease).

DENT D512 Molecular Cell Biology (4.0 cr.)

D512 Molecular Cell Biology introduces dental students to the basic concepts of cellular and molecular biology. Course examines how cellular activity is regulated, how cells are structured, and how cells achieve homeostasis and interact with each other in multicellular systems. Structured to develop critical thinking skills as well as other knowledge acquisition.

DENT D 514 Normal Oral Histology (2.0 cr.)

The Normal Oral Histology course is designed to facilitate students' learning of the basic microscopic anatomy of the human body and apply that foundation to the microscopic anatomy of the oral region. Students will learn the general methods of microscopic examination of tissues and apply it to the study of the oral region. This course provides a foundation for understanding physiology, pathology, pharmacology, oral pathology, periodontology and related clinical courses.

DENT D520 Risk Assessment, Prevention, & Early Management of Dental Disease (2.0 cr.)

This course introduces students to the biofilm basis of common oral diseases, including caries and periodontal disease.  Emphasis is placed on the assessment and identification of these diseases, and on the prevention and non-surgical therapeutics that are available for their treatment.

DENT D530 Tooth Morphology Lecture (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of Tooth Morphology is to introduce students to the anatomical forms of the human dentition. In the lecture component of the course, students will learn to recognize normal tooth forms, identify permanent and deciduous teeth both individually and within normal jaw relationships, and describe the normal eruption sequence of primary and permanent teeth. Students will be expected to use appropriate nomenclature and terminology when describing teeth, parts of teeth, or other aspects of the oro-facial complex.

DENT D531 Tooth Morphology Lab (1.5 cr.)

In the Tooth Morphology Lab, students will begin to develop the manual skills necessary for the practice of dentistry. Students will be required to reproduce normal tooth forms in wax. Wax is easily shaped and sculpted and is used as an intermediate stop in the fabrication of some types of restorations.

DENT D534 Dental Materials (3.0 cr.)

This course presents the basics of materials science needed by the general dental practitioner.  The properties of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites will be related to their structure using basic laws and principles from physics, chemistry and engineering science.  These properties will be related to the performance of the materials in dental applications.  While no clinical experience will be gained in this course, students are prepared for understanding the use of specific dental materials in concurrent and later dental courses.

DENT D537 Introduction to Operative Dentistry (0.5 cr.)

Introduction to Operative Dentistry- D537 will introduce the student to the art and science of Operative Dentistry which includes an introduction to the discipline, use of hand-pieces and rotary instruments, dental terminology, dental histology as it relates to single tooth direct preparations and restorations, cavity classifications, use of rubber dam and other isolation methods, preventive measures such as fluoride and pit & fissure sealants, and utilization of hand instruments to refine the cavity preparation and place direct restorations. After mastering this information, the student should be able to utilize this knowledge for single tooth direct preparations and restorations. Operative Dentistry has been recognized as the foundation of dentistry and the basis from which most other aspects of dentistry begin.  Operative Dentistry involves the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention of defects of the teeth. Such treatment should result in the restoration or maintenance of proper tooth form, function, and esthetics while maintaining the physiological integrity of the teeth in relationship with the adjacent hard and soft tissue, utilizing the basics acquired in D537- Introduction to Operative Dentistry.  The preparation and restoration of a tooth requires the dentist to practice applied human biology and microbiology, use principles of mechanical engineering, possess a high degree of technical skills, and demonstrate artistic ability. The student will utilize the background knowledge obtained in Introduction to Operative Dentistry, Tooth Morphology, Dental Materials, and Gnathology to prepare and restore the diseased or abnormal tooth to proper form and function.  

DENT D542 Gnathology Lecture (1.0 cr.)

Gnathology builds upon the knowledge and skills that were learned during the Tooth Morphology course. The student's knowledge of tooth morphology will be adapted to the anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical requirements of the stomatognathic system. This course is intended to serve as the basis for a curriculum that integrates relevant knowledge of stomatognathic function and stability with all dental diagnoses and treatment procedures.

DENT D543 Gnathology Lab (1.0 cr.)

During the Gnathology laboratory sessions, the student will learn to apply knowledge of head and neck anatomy and biomechanical principles of jaw motion to the maintenance and restoration of the stomatognathic system, assuring proper functions.

 


SPRING SEMESTER COURSES, 22.00 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D502 Introduction to Patient Care II (1.0 cr.)

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Patient Care I, with emphasis on application of risk assessment, and preventive therapies in a clinical setting.

DENT D515 Systems Approach to Biomedical Sciences I (5.0 cr.)

This is part I of a two-semester sequence that presents basic sciences organized into specific organ systems. This course presents the first seven modules out of the total of eleven modules in the series. Each organ system module is designed to cover the development, structure, function, pathology and therapy of each system. Critical thinking skills are emphasized.

DENT D521 Nonsurgical Periodontics (2.0 cr.)

This course familiarizes the student with the principles and skills required to provide nonsurgical periodontal therapy.

DENT D532 Single Tooth Direct Restorations Lecture (1.5 cr.)

Single Tooth Direct Restorations will introduce the student to the art and science of Operative Dentistry.   Operative Dentistry has been recognized as the foundation of dentistry and the basis from which most other aspects of dentistry begin.  Operative Dentistry involves the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention of defects of the teeth. Such treatment should result in the restoration or maintenance of proper tooth form, function, and esthetics while maintaining the physiological integrity of the teeth in relationship with the adjacent hard and soft tissue.  It includes direct patient care through diagnosis and prevention of caries and other dental defects followed by treatment planning of restorative options for these areas. This course will focus on treatment options that include executing various single tooth direct cavity preparations and subsequently restoring them with the appropriate dental restorative materials.

DENT D533 Single Tooth Direct Restorations Lab (2.0 cr.)

The Single Tooth Direct Restorations Lab course is intended to help students develop the manual skills necessary to prepare and restore the diseased or abnormal tooth to proper form and function. The preparation and restoration of a tooth requires the dentist to practice applied human biology and microbiology, use principles of mechanical engineering, possess a high degree of technical skills, and demonstrate artistic ability. Manual skills are a very important component of the proper preparation and restoration of teeth and are the foundation to the practice of dentistry. As such, this lab will require students to execute various single tooth direct preparations and restorations.

DENT D535 Single Tooth Indirect Restorations Lecture (1.5 cr.)

The Single Tooth Indirect Restorations course is a direct continuation of Single Tooth Direct Restorations, and students will be responsible for building upon the information and skills learned in that course. Students will be expected to understand the normal morphologic and physiologic characteristics of the dento-facial complex and the etiology, diagnosis and prevention of dental caries within the context of indirect restoration of single teeth.

DENT D536 Single Tooth Indirect Restorations Lab (2.5 cr.)

The purpose of the Single Tooth Indirect Laboratory is to apply the information acquired in D535 to hand skills developed through tooth preparation and the fabrication of indirect restorations.  Students will be expected to become competent in indirect preparations and restorations including inlays, onlays, gold crowns and ceramic crowns.  Students will be trained using computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing technology as well as more traditional methods of fabrication.

DENT D540 Removable Prosthodontics Lecture I (1.0 cr.)

The Removable Prosthodontics Lecture I is the first in a series of three courses that prepare the student for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of the edentulous or partially edentulous patient. The course is further supplemented by a concurrent laboratory course.

DENT D541 Removable Prosthodontics Lab I (2.0 cr.)

This laboratory course introduces the student to the fabrication of complete dentures, immediate dentures and overdentures.

DENT D550 Dental Radiography (2.0 cr.)

Examines the normal form and function of the oral and maxillofacial complex, with emphasis on the fundamentals of intraoral imagining techniques and radiation safety.

DENT D551 Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (1.0 cr.)

Introduces the student to the methods of the diagnostic process, including patient assessment and evaluation,   interpretation of findings and accurate recording of findings in the electronic health record.  Students will be formulating and presenting a treatment plan that addresses the patient's dental needs in an orderly and appropriate sequence.

DENT D560 Local Anesthesia (1.0 cr.)

This course prepares the student for the clinical administration of local anesthetic drugs. Course reviews the neurophysiology of local anesthetic action, and the pharmacology of commonly used anesthetic medications. Introduced students to the armamentarium used to deliver local anesthetic, and the techniques of maxillary, mandibular and supplemental injections.  Presents local and systemic complications and the management of those complications.

 

FIRST-YEAR ELECTIVE COURSES

DENT T571 Community-based Education I-Part II (Fall 0.5-3.0 cr.)
DENT T572 Community-based Education I-Part II (Spring 0.5-3.0 cr.)

These elective courses aim at connecting meaningful community service experiences with academic and personal growth, as well as civic responsibility.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in the elective service learning, international service learning, and community service sections. 

Second-Year Curriculum

SUMMER SESSION. 2.5 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D600 Clinical Procedures (2.5 cr.)

This course is the continuation of the Introduction to Patient Care courses in the first year of the DDS curriculum. Students participate in a variety of clinically focused educational experiences in the IUSD clinics which include, but are not limited to, observations, assisting, and direct patient care.

 

FALL SEMESTER, 24.00 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D601 Applied Clinical Dentistry (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of the Applied Clinical Dentistry courses is to prepare students for the comprehensive care of patients by building upon foundational knowledge and experience gained in the first year of the program. Students will have opportunities for in depth training on document patient assessment and recording data in the electronic health record, with special emphasis on proper documentation of medications, coding and compliance. Additionally, students will be introduced to the foundations of comprehensive treatment planning and have opportunities for expanded laboratory techniques, preclinical exercises, special topics in patient care, and limited direct patient care.

DENT D603 Relationship-centered Care: Behavioral Science, Ethics and Professionalism (2.0 cr.)

This course takes a relationship-centered care perspective in teaching and reinforcing foundational concepts of healthcare communication theory, humanism, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

DENT D615 Systems Approach to Biomedical Sciences II (5.0 cr.)

The purpose of this course is to present basic biomedical science information in an integrated manner across the fundamental systems operating in the human body.  Using this educational approach will allow the student to relate the information presented in lectures and laboratories in a comprehensive manner for each system.  To this end, rather than presenting the basic sciences in the traditional, individual discipline manner (Embryology, Histology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology and Pharmacology), the course material is organized into individual modules encompassing the various "systems" of the body. 

DENT D618 Craniofacial Growth and Development (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of the Craniofacial Growth and Development course is to provide foundational knowledge of the processes of craniofacial growth and development and their relationship that can be used to assess, diagnosis, and treat patients. Growth and development of the normal and abnormal craniofacial complex is presented from prenatal development through adulthood. Students will learn normal and some abnormal variations of craniofacial growth and development. Students will be able to relate such basic science information (e.g. developmental biology, clinical genetics) to craniofacial growth and development. When possible, these normal and variants of normal will be related to clinical situations.

DENT D630 Clinical Applications of Cariology and Operative Dentistry I (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of the Clinical Applications of Cariology and Operative Dentistry Concepts course is to reinforce and build upon the material introduced in D520 Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Early Management of Dental Disease, D532/D533 Single Tooth Direct Restorations and D535/536 Single Tooth Indirect Restorations courses. Students will be expected to understand the continuum of caries management from detection and diagnosis to surgical intervention, with an emphasis on clinical relevance and application.  Course lecture topics will include: caries detection and diagnosis, risk assessment, remineralization, erosion, cavity liners and bases, pulp therapy, secondary caries, ceramic restorations, posterior resin composites, and restoration longevity. Laboratory exercises include: caries detection, risk assessment, preventive techniques, and anterior direct esthetic restorations.

DENT D640 Removable Prosthodontics Lecture II (1.0 cr.)

The Removable Prosthodontic courses continue the preparation of the student for patient care by enhancing the student’s foundational and clinical knowledge base and continuing their development of manual skills. The purpose of the Removable Prosthodontics Lecture II course is to build upon the foundational content presented in Removable Prosthodontics Lecture I by continuing to prepare students for the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of the edentulous patient requiring uncomplicated treatment. Accordingly, students will be exposed to didactic experiences that will enable them to achieve the needed knowledge and skills.

DENT D641 Removable Prosthodontics Lab II (2.0 cr.)

The Removable Prosthodontic courses continue the preparation of the student for patient care by enhancing the student’s foundational and clinical knowledge base and continuing their development of manual skills. The purpose of the Removable Prosthodontic Lab II course is to continue to prepare students for the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of the edentulous patient requiring uncomplicated treatment. Accordingly, students will be exposed to laboratory experiences that will enable them to achieve the needed knowledge and skills.

DENT D644 Fixed Prosthodontics Lecture I (2.0 cr.)

The student's knowledge of tooth morphology and occlusion, dental materials and single tooth indirect procedures will be applied to the dentulous patient requiring more extensive treatment.  This portion of the curriculum will also integrate basic science concepts into the treatment of the patient.  From the information learned prior to and during this course the student will be able to diagnose, treatment plan and treat the uncomplicated fixed prosthodontic patient.

DENT D645 Fixed Prosthodontics Lab I (3.0 cr.)

During the laboratory sessions of Fixed Prosthodontics, the student will learn to apply the knowledge of tooth preparation, indirect procedures, oral anatomy, biomechanical principles of jaw motion and dental material concepts to restore the stomatognathic system, assuring proper function and esthetics.

DENT D651 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (4.0 cr.)

This course continues the concepts of normal form and function of the oral and maxillofacial complex presented earlier in the curriculum.  Disease processes that affect this region and their underlying pathophysiology will be discussed.

DENT D680 Orthodontics (2.0 cr.)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the specialty of orthodontics and its role in total patient care. The lectures will introduce students to basic orthodontic terminology, diagnostic techniques, and methods of managing common malocclusions. The laboratory will provide students with an opportunity to utilize different orthodontic materials in order to complete diagnostic records; trace and measure lateral cephalometric head -plates; perform an orthodontic clinical evaluation; become familiar with diagnosis and treatment planning procedures; construct retainers, and place orthodontic appliances. This course will prepare the student for the clinical treatment of patients needing limited orthodontic tooth movement.

 

SPRING SEMESTER, 20.50 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D602 Applied Clinical Dentistry (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of the Applied Clinical Dentistry course is to prepare students for the comprehensive care of patients by building upon foundational knowledge and experience gained in the first three semesters of the program. Students will have opportunities for in-depth training on documentation, patient assessment, and recording data in the electronic health record, with special emphasis on proper documentation of medications, coding, and compliance. Students will have opportunities to participate in Emergency Clinic, Screening Clinic, and to provide limited direct patient care in their Comprehensive Care Clinic.

DENT D 631 Clinical Applications of Cariology and Operative Dentistry II

This course is a continuation of D630 and students will be expected to understand the continuum of caries management from detection and diagnosis to surgical intervention, with an emphasis on clinical relevance and application. Course lecture topics will focus on appropriate selection and use of the variety of restorative modalities available. Laboratory exercises include anterior and posterior direct esthetic restorations.

DENT D642 Removable Prosthodontics Lecture III (1.0 cr.)

This is the third in the series of Removable Prosthodontics courses designed to prepare students for patient care by enhancing their foundational and clinical knowledge base and continuing their development of manual skills.   The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic biomechanical concepts and mechanisms relevant to removable partial denture design and fabrication.

DENT D643 Removable Prosthodontics Lab III (2.0 cr.)

This is the third in the series of Removable Prosthodontics courses designed to prepare students for patient care by enhancing their foundational and clinical knowledge base and continuing their development of manual skills.   This course will provide laboratory experiences related to the basic biomechanical concepts and mechanisms relevant to removable partial denture design and fabrication.

DENT D646 Fixed Prosthodontics Lecture II (2.0 cr.)

A continuation of Fixed Prosthodontics Lecture I, this course further develops the students’ knowledge of tooth morphology, occlusion, dental materials and indirect procedures in the context of a dentulous patient requiring more extensive treatment.

DENT D647 Fixed Prosthodontics Lab II (3.0 cr.)

This course is a continuation of Fixed Prosthodontics Lab I, and allows students to further develop their knowledge of tooth preparation, indirect procedures, oral anatomy, biomechanical principles of jaw motion and dental material concepts to restore the stomatognathic system, assuring proper function and esthetics.

DENT D650 Radiographic Interpretation (1.0 cr.)

This course increases the skills of the dental student in interpreting intraoral and extraoral diagnostic images with emphasis on identifying normal radiographic anatomy, imaging artifacts and commonly occurring oral abnormalities and diseases.

DENT D652 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: Clinical Pathologic Conference (2.0 cr.)

This course builds on the basic knowledge gained in the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology course to enable the student to place the knowledge of oral pathology in the context of clinical presentations of patients.

DENT D660 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1.0 cr.)

Fundamentals of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the didactic introduction to the surgical management of the dental patient. The course is designed to provide the dental student with the basic knowledge to perform minor oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures. Course material will be presented in a lecture format.

DENT D661 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine (2.0 cr.)

This course has been established to prepare the dental student for the practice of clinical dentistry as it applies to the medically complex patient.  The process of acquiring a thorough medical history, identifying at-risk patients, application of pharmacology related to and co-existing disease and the proper management of medical emergencies will be explored.  Information will be presented using several different formats. (1) Material will be provided in lecture format, (2) material will be provided through "on-line" presentations, (3) material will be presented in a case format, and (4) there will be required texts with assigned reading.

DENT D670 Endodontics Lecture (1.0 cr.)

This course is an introduction to basic endodontic procedures and related biological principles.  Lectures and laboratory assignments relate to etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease and injuries of the pulp and periapical tissues to prepare students to treat endodontic patients in IUSD clinics.  Didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in endodontics has as its goals the acquisition of clinical knowledge and its biological basis and the acquisition of clinical skills.  In presenting this material it is understood that supplementary information and skills will be included in the overall dental curriculum.  At the completion of pre-doctoral instruction, the graduating dentist should be well qualified to pass the endodontic portion of the National Board Examination.

DENT D671 Endodontics Lab (1.0 cr.)

This course is an introduction to basic endodontic procedures and related biological principles.  Laboratory assignments relate to etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease and injuries of the pulp and periapical tissues to prepare students to treat endodontic patients in IUSD clinics.  Didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in endodontics has as its goals the acquisition of clinical knowledge and its biological basis and the acquisition of clinical skills.  In presenting this material it is understood that supplementary information and skills will be included in the overall dental curriculum.  At the completion of pre-doctoral instruction, the graduating dentist should be well qualified to pass the endodontic portion of the National Board Examination. The scope of the course includes preparing the student to understand, recognize, diagnose and successfully treat pulpally involved or potentially pulpally involved teeth.

DENT D690 Pediatric Dentistry (2.5 cr.)

The purpose of the Pediatric Dentistry Didactic and Technique course is to present the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment modalities for the management of the young patient including the healthy child and those with physical or intellectual disabilities.  This course is a prerequisite for the Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic rotation.

 

INTERNATIONAL DENTAL PROGRAM COURSES

DENT T642 IDP Transitions (4.0 cr.)

This course is designed for students newly admitted to the International Dental Program (IDP) and is intended to assist students with acclimating and transitioning into the program. Students will participate in a variety of orientation and educational activities including introductions/reviews of: navigating university systems and resources, intercultural communication, axiUm electronic health record training, Ethics and Professionalism, Behavioral Science, Evidence-based Dentistry, Local Anesthesia, Radiology Technique, Cariology, and hand skill diagnostics.

DENT T643 Dental Sciences for IDP (6.0 cr.)

The purpose of this course is to assist students enrolled in the IUSD International Dental Program in the development and acquisition of the knowledge, psychomotor skills, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, professional conduct, behavior and self-assessment skills necessary to provide optimal dental treatment to their patients. The course consists of several discipline specific modules each with specific learning objectives and methods of assessment. At the completion of Dental Sciences for IDP, students should be able to: perform to a clinically acceptable standard those techniques and procedures presented in the component modules, gather diagnostic information, diagnose and treatment plan for the uncomplicated dental patient, and self-assess performance and/or simulated patient treatment quality and make appropriate modifications.

 

SECOND-YEAR ELECTIVE COURSES

DENT T671 Community-based Education II-Part I (Fall 0.5-3.0)
DENT T672 Community-based Education II-Part II (Spring 0.5-3.0)

These elective courses aim at connecting meaningful community service experiences with academic and personal growth, as well as civic responsibility.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in the elective service learning, international service learning, and community service sections. 

Curriculum Highlights Third and Fourth-year

  • Students work in small groups with Clinic Directors and discipline specific faculty during Applied Patient Management and Dental Rounds courses

  • Students receive instruction and provide patient care in discipline-based and comprehensive care clinics

  • Beginning in the Fall 2018, fourth-year students will participate in multi-week offsite rotations located at community-based clinics

  • The Intramural Electives program provides students with the opportunity to receive elective credit in areas of particular interest, including opportunities to be teaching assistants, conduct research, and have additional patient care experiences.

Third-Year Curriculum

SUMMER SESSION, 4.50 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D700 Clinical Procedures (4.5 cr.)

The purpose of the Clinical Procedures Course is to provide clinical patient experiences to students during the summer between the D2 and D3 years.  Students will begin the process of comprehensive patient care by participating in screening clinics, diagnosis and treatment planning and the treatment of assigned patients. This course will begin to guide students through their development of the knowledge, skills and values needed for the competent independent practice of dentistry.

 

FALL SEMESTER, 19.00 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D701 Dental Rounds I (1.0 cr.)

In third-year Dental Rounds, students will participate in weekly seminars with Clinic Directors to discuss clinical problems in the practice of dentistry. Students will be expected to present a thorough diagnostic work-up and comprehensive treatment plan for a current patient of record. Students will consider relevant biobehavioral, biomedical, ethical and current best evidence related to patient treatment. Additionally, various topics pertinent to the practice of dentistry will be discussed.

DENT D703 Applied Clinical Patient Management I (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of the Applied Clinical Patient Management course is to provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and skill in treatment planning and patient management using specially designed patient scenarios. Through mentor facilitation of the scenario presentation and discussion, students improve their ability to identify and apply evidence-based information required to appropriately manage a patient.

DENT D705 Practice Administration I (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of the D705 Practice Administration I course is to introduce dental students to the principles and philosophy of practice administration including essential financial concepts, employment options, a variety of practice models, and to provide an opportunity for identifying those business skills which will enable them to become functional practitioners in their chosen practice setting.  Topics which will be addressed over the course of two semesters include: Basic Financial Literacy, Trends in Dentistry, Career Opportunities, Use of Consultants, Obtaining Financing, Associateships, Purchasing a Practice, Staffing and Staff Management, Patient Scheduling/Recall Records, and Financial Operations. 

DENT D707 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management I (1.0 cr.)

D707 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management I is the first in a series of four clinical courses focused on the comprehensive care and management of dental patients. This course emphasizes the clinical application and integration of knowledge about the principles of basic and dental sciences attained in the first two years of the curriculum. Students will participate in a variety of clinical experiences, and will be expected to consider the comprehensive treatment possibilities for individual patient care situations, from diagnosis and treatment planning through maintenance.

DENT D721 Surgical Periodontics I (1.0 cr.)

This is an introductory course to periodontal surgical procedures.  This course will familiarize the student with various surgical procedures that can be utilized when patients have periodontal defects that have not responded to non-surgical periodontal procedures and/or may benefit from surgical procedures to facilitate restorative dental needs.  It will be important for the student to understand the indications and contraindications for the various surgical procedures so that the optimal clinical outcome may be achieved for the patient.

DENT D723 Clinical Periodontics I (1.5 cr.)

D723 Clinical Periodontics I is the first in a series of four clinical courses in Periodontics. The primary goal of these courses is to give students the opportunity to learn the basic concepts and develop clinical competency in: periodontal examination, periodontal charting and record keeping, diagnosis of periodontal diseases, periodontal treatment planning, dental prophylaxis, periodontal scaling & root planing, periodontal maintenance, management of periodontal emergencies, and appropriate referral of periodontal patients. A secondary goal of these courses is to teach students the fundamentals of periodontal surgery. Students will be required to assist graduate periodontics students during surgical procedures and, when deemed capable, will have the opportunity to perform periodontal surgeries on their own patients.

DENT D731 Advanced Restorative Dentistry I (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of this course is to explore restorative principles in greater depth, review basic principles in light of the third-year students' clinical experiences. It updates information from the restorative literature since their first-year experience. Restorative materials' properties are reviewed in the context of clinical applications. Material choice and handling techniques are taught primarily through case presentations of actual patients. Rationale for material choice and techniques in each case is reviewed in depth and supported with literature when available.

DENT D735 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic I (2.5 cr.)

D735 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic I is the first in a series of four courses that provides students with supervised clinical experiences in Cariology and Operative Dentistry. This course will enable the student, upon graduation, to be competent and proficient in the diagnosis and management of dental caries and other dental conditions requiring non-surgical (preventive) treatment or direct restorative care using dental amalgam and resin composite, which are required experiences for graduation, and are evaluated by the Caries Risk Assessment Competency in the 3rd year, and the Operative Dentistry Clinical Competency exam in the 4th year.  Additionally, students may obtain clinical experiences involving glass ionomer, cosmetic resin bonding, sealants, direct and indirect pulp therapy, control of rampant caries, provisional and sedative restorations, repair of castings, and direct gold.

DENT D740 Prosthodontics Seminar (1.0 cr.)

Clinically oriented lecture and seminar course, integrating prosthodontics principles of previous courses. Small group seminars discuss diagnosis and treatment planning with combined fixed and removable prosthodontics treatment.

DENT D742 Introduction to Implant Dentistry (2.0 cr.)

The purpose of Introduction to Dental Implants is to provide third-year dental students with the opportunity to become familiar with implant dentistry. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts that will prepare them to recognize when dental implant is an appropriate treatment method and to determine when referral is needed.

DENT D743 Complete Denture Clinic I (0.5 cr.)

D743 Complete Denture Clinic I is the first in a series of courses providing clinical instruction and practice in complete denture prosthodontics. Experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring complete denture prostheses.

DENT D745 Removable Partial Denture Clinic I (0.5 cr.)

D745 Removable Partial Denture Clinic I is the first in a series of courses providing clinical instruction and practice in removable partial denture prosthodontics. Experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring removable partial denture prostheses.

DENT D747 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic I (0.5 cr.)

D747 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic I is the first in a series of courses providing clinical instruction and practice in fixed prosthodontics. Students will gain experience in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring fixed prostheses.

DENT D751 Clinical Radiology I (0.5 cr.)

Students will gain clinical experience in obtaining and interpreting diagnostic imaging surveys for their patients. In providing care for their patients, students will be expected to select appropriate radiographic surveys, obtain diagnostic images, and demonstrate competence in the interpretation of intraoral and panoramic images in terms of anatomic structures, errors, artifacts, caries, and pathologic processes.

DENT D760 Pain and Anxiety Management (1.0 cr.)

Pain and anxiety control is a fundamental skill for successful dental practice.  A competent dentist should be able to select an appropriate method of pain and anxiety control for each patient under his/her care.  The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the basic didactic theories of pain and anxiety control for managing patients in contemporary dental practice.

DENT D761 Advanced Oral Surgery Concepts (1.0 cr.)

The Advanced Oral Surgery Concepts course exposes the student to advanced aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, the dental specialty that is involved in the diagnosis, management and treatment of injuries, deformities, and pathology of the maxillofacial region.  The general dentist is the first diagnostician who may be involved in these conditions and as such should have a basic knowledge to diagnose and refer, and the ability to follow the progression of their patient's care once the referral is made. This requires knowledge of the various interventions provided by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the various management interventions that may be used by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

DENT D765 Oral Surgery Rotation I (0.5 cr.)

D765 Oral Surgery Rotation I is structured for students to gain clinical experience in basic oral and maxillofacial surgery. All predoctoral students will participate in clinical experiences each semester in the Oral Surgery Clinic. The clinical experiences will provide the opportunity for students to use their knowledge from the didactic curriculum and apply it to patient care.

DENT D767 Hospital Dentistry Rotation (0.5 cr.)

The purpose of the Hospital Dentistry rotation is to expose the student to the management of patients referred for dental treatment within the hospital environment, patients with complex medical conditions and patients with neurodevelopmental disorders (intellectual and developmental disabilities or IDD). This rotation is structured to supplement the knowledge base from the didactic curriculum so that the student will achieve knowledge to manage patients’ care. Management of patients’ care depends on the specific medical and dental diagnoses and may entail the ability to monitor or coordinate care provided by others, refer the patient to another health care provider, or perform the actual procedure.

DENT D771 Clinical Endodontics I (0.5 cr.)

The purpose of D771 Clinical Endodontics I is to provide students with initial clinical exposure to endodontics. Students will participate in lecture and laboratory exercises pertaining to isolation, anesthetic, and diagnostic techniques related to endodontic diagnosis and treatment.

DENT D790 Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation I (0.5 cr.)

The purpose of Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation I is to prepare the student dentist for the care of the oral health of the child patient.  This course is a supervised clinical experience in the practice of dentistry for children subsequent to the lecture and technique course. Satisfactorily completing the didactic and technique course is a prerequisite. It is comprised of clinical experience in the diagnosis, treatment planning, caries risk assessment and caries risk management with preventive measures and typical treatment procedures for typical children.

 

SPRING SEMESTER, 19.00 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D702 Dental Rounds II (1.0 cr.)

In third-year Dental Rounds, students will participate in weekly seminars with Clinic Directors to discuss clinical problems in the practice of dentistry. Students will be expected to present a thorough diagnostic work-up and comprehensive treatment plan for a current patient of record. Students will consider relevant biobehavioral, biomedical, ethical and current best evidence related to patient treatment. Additionally, various topics pertinent to the practice of dentistry will be discussed.

DENT D704 Applied Clinical Patient Management II (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of the Applied Clinical Patient Management course is to provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and skill in treatment planning and patient management using specially designed patient scenarios. Through mentor facilitation of the scenario presentation and discussion, students improve their ability to identify and apply evidence-based information required to appropriately manage a patient.

DENT D706 Practice Administration II (1.0 cr.)

In D706 Practice Administration II, students will continue to be introduced to the principles and philosophy of practice administration including essential financial concepts, employment options, a variety of practice models, and to provide an opportunity for identifying those business skills which will enable them to become functional practitioners in their chosen practice setting.  Topics which will be addressed over the course of two semesters include: Basic Financial Literacy, Trends in Dentistry, Career Opportunities, Use of Consultants, Obtaining Financing, Associateships, Purchasing a Practice, Staffing and Staff Management, Patient Scheduling/Recall Records, and Financial Operations.

DENT D708 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management II (1.0 cr.)

D708 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management I is a continuation of D707 and is the second in a series of four clinical courses focused on the comprehensive care and management of dental patients. This course emphasizes the clinical application and integration of knowledge about the principles of basic and dental sciences attained in the first two years of the curriculum. Students will participate in a variety of clinical experiences, and will be expected to consider the comprehensive treatment possibilities for individual patient care situations, from diagnosis and treatment planning through maintenance.

DENT D722 Surgical Periodontics II (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the dental student with advanced periodontal surgical procedures.  By knowing the indications and contraindications for periodontal surgical therapy, the dental student will be able to discuss periodontal treatment modalities with patients and understand the referral process when addressing specific periodontal diseases and conditions.

DENT D724 Clinical Periodontics II (1.0 cr.)

D724 Clinical Periodontics II is the second in a series of four clinical courses in Periodontics. The primary goal of these courses is to give students the opportunity to learn the basic concepts and develop clinical competency in: periodontal examination, periodontal charting and record keeping, diagnosis of periodontal diseases, periodontal treatment planning, dental prophylaxis, periodontal scaling & root planing, periodontal maintenance, management of periodontal emergencies, and appropriate referral of periodontal patients. A secondary goal of these courses is to teach students the fundamentals of periodontal surgery. Students will be required to assist graduate periodontics students during surgical procedures and, when deemed capable, will have the opportunity to perform periodontal surgeries on their own patients.

DENT D732 Advanced Restorative Dentistry II (1.0 cr.)

The purpose of this course is to explore restorative principles in greater depth, review basic principles in light of the third-year students' clinical experiences. It updates information from the restorative literature since their first-year experience. Restorative materials' properties are reviewed in the context of clinical applications. Material choice and handling techniques are taught primarily through case presentations of actual patients. Rationale for material choice and techniques in each case is reviewed in depth and supported with literature when available.

DENT D733 Dental Materials (1.0 cr.)

This course is designed to broaden student knowledge of dental materials. The dental materials that are in use at IUSD are but a small fraction of those that are available for purchase. One purpose of this course is to advance student knowledge and skill in material selection. In this way, the risk to patients due to poor materials selection will be minimized. Furthermore, the cost of dental care can be better managed.

DENT D736 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic II (2.5 cr.)

D736 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic II is a continuation of the Fall Semester course and provides students with supervised clinical experiences in Cariology and Operative Dentistry. This course will enable the student, upon graduation, to be competent and proficient in the diagnosis and management of dental caries and other dental conditions requiring non-surgical (preventive) treatment or direct restorative care using dental amalgam and resin composite, which are required experiences for graduation, and are evaluated by the Caries Risk Assessment Competency in the 3rd year, and the Operative Dentistry Clinical Competency exam in the 4th year.  Additionally, students may obtain clinical experiences involving glass ionomer, cosmetic resin bonding, sealants, direct and indirect pulp therapy, control of rampant caries, provisional and sedative restorations, repair of castings, and direct gold.

DENT D741 Advanced Occlusion (1.0 cr.)

The Advanced Occlusal Studies course is designed to provide students with a clinical orientation to the principles learned in the Gnathology and Complete Dentures courses.  This course will provide a historical perspective of the concepts of occlusion and will enable students to enhance their technical skills.

DENT D744 Complete Denture Clinic II (0.5 cr.)

D744 Complete Denture Clinic II is a continuation of D743 Complete Denture Clinic I and provides students with clinical instruction and practice in complete denture prosthodontics. Experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring complete denture prostheses.

DENT D746 Removable Partial Denture Clinic II (0.5 cr.)

D746 Removable Partial Denture Clinic II is a continuation of D745 Removable Partial Denture Clinic I and provides students with clinical instruction and practice in removable partial denture prosthodontics. Experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring removable partial denture prostheses.

DENT D748 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic II (0.5 cr.)

D748 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic II is a continuation of D747 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic I and provides students with clinical instruction and practice in fixed prosthodontics. Students will gain experience in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring fixed prostheses.

DENT D749 Implant Clinic I (0.5 cr.)

D749 Implant Clinic I is the first in a series of three clinical courses designed to provide students clinical experience in dental implants. The purpose of the course is to provide introductory concepts that should allow students to recognize the possibility of implant dentistry as a treatment method, make wise referrals when appropriate, and to provide clinical treatment with dental implants involving simple fixed and removable restorations.

DENT D752 Clinical Radiology II (1.0 cr.)

In D752 Clinical Radiology II, students will continue to gain clinical experience in obtaining and interpreting diagnostic imaging surveys for their patients. In providing care for their patients, students will be expected to select appropriate radiographic surveys, obtain diagnostic images, and demonstrate competence in the interpretation of intraoral and panoramic images in terms of anatomic structures, errors, artifacts, caries, and pathologic processes.

DENT D763 Pharmacotherapeutics (2.0 cr.)

This course is designed to broaden student knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics.  Patients will be on a variety of medications that will impact dental practice.  One purpose of this course is to advance student knowledge of the medications patients are taking for differing medical conditions.  In this way, the risk to patients due to drug interactions will be minimized.

D766 Oral Surgery Rotation II (0.5 cr.)

D766 Oral Surgery Rotation II is a continuation of the D765 Oral Surgery Rotation I course. The course is structured for students to gain clinical experience in basic oral and maxillofacial surgery. All predoctoral students will participate in clinical experiences each semester in the Oral Surgery Clinic. The clinical experiences will provide the opportunity for students to use their knowledge from the didactic curriculum and apply it to patient care.

DENT D768 Emergency Clinic Rotation I (0.5 cr.) (Merging with OS Rotation – discontinue AY 2018-19)

D768 Emergency Clinic Rotation I is the first course in a series of rotation-based clinical courses that will prepare students to be able to triage and treat dental emergencies effectively, while keeping in mind the ultimate treatment plan or dental needs of the individual patient. This rotation combines the principles learned throughout the IUSD curriculum, with the time management and critical thinking skills of the student.

DENT D772 Clinical Endodontics II (0.5 cr.)

D772 Clinical Endodontics II is a continuation of D771 Clinical Endodontics I, and provides students with initial clinical exposure to endodontics. Students will participate in lecture and laboratory exercises whereby clinical skills such as accessing, filing, and obturation of extracted and artificial teeth will be conducted. Furthermore, advanced clinical armamentarium including rotary instrumentation, ultrasonic use, various obturation methodologies and use of microscopic observation for treatment will be completed. Lastly, students will gain exposure to endodontic care and treatment, which will include topics related to incision and draining procedures, pulpotomy/pulpectomy procedures and management of traumatic cases. 

DENT D791 Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation II (0.5 cr.)

The purpose of Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation II is to prepare the student dentist for the care of the oral health of the child patient.  This course is a supervised clinical experience in the practice of dentistry for children subsequent to the lecture and technique course. Satisfactorily completing Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation I is a prerequisite. It is comprised of clinical experience in the diagnosis, treatment planning, caries risk assessment and caries risk management with preventive measures and typical treatment procedures for typical children.

DENT T771/T772 Community-based Education III – Part I/II, Required Service Learning Section (0.5 cr.)

The SEAL INDIANA rotation is a part of IUSD 3rd year dental student rotations and houses the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention competency.  This rotation is based on service-learning methodology and includes broad preparation, and reflection to help students understand the role of dentistry in the community, the nation and the world. The rotation includes a 3 day visit to community sites.

 

THIRD-YEAR ELECTIVE COURSES

DENT T771 Community-based Education III-Part I (Fall 0.5-3.0)
DENT T772 Community-based Education III-Part II (Spring 0.5-3.0)

These elective courses aim at connecting meaningful community service experiences with academic and personal growth, as well as civic responsibility.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in the elective service learning, international service learning, and community service sections. 

 

Fourth-Year Curriculum

SUMMER SESSION, 5.00CREDIT HOURS

DENT D800 Clinical Procedures (4.5 cr.)

The purpose of the Clinical Procedures Course is to provide clinical patient experiences to students during the summer between the D3 and D4 years.  Students continue comprehensive patient care by participating in screening clinics, diagnosis and treatment planning, treatment of assigned patients, and participating in assigned rotations. This course will continue to guide students through their development of the knowledge, skills and values needed for the competent independent practice of dentistry.

DENT D806 Dental Practice Extramural (0.5 cr.)

The primary goal of the Dental Practice Extramural course is to supplement and enhance the practice management aspect of the curriculum by placing new fourth year dental students in the private practice environment where they can observe, be instructed and participate in office management activities. It will also provide an opportunity for students to explore future private practice opportunities.

 

FALL SEMESTER, 13.50 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D801 Dental Rounds III (1.0 cr.)

In fourth-year Dental Rounds, students will participate in weekly seminars with Clinic Directors to discuss clinical problems in the practice of dentistry. Students will be expected to assess their original treatment plan of a patient of record and determine whether treatment was properly sequenced, what positive and negative outcomes derived from actual treatment, and what maintenance and/or future treatment the patient might require. Students will consider relevant biobehavioral, biomedical, ethical and current best evidence related to patient treatment. In the fourth-year, students will choose one of their case presentations to present as their Outcomes of Treatment Competency exam.

DENT D803 Practice Administration I (1.0 cr.) *Moving to third-year of curriculum – discontinued following Fall 2017 Semester

The purpose of the Practice Administration course is to introduce fourth year dental students to the principles and philosophy of practice administration including essential financial concepts, employment options, a variety of practice models, and to provide an opportunity for identifying those business skills which will enable them to become functional practitioners in their chosen practice setting.  Topics which will be addressed over the course of two semesters include: Basic Financial Literacy, Trends in Dentistry, Career Opportunities, Use of Consultants, Obtaining Financing, Associateships, Purchasing a Practice, Staffing and Staff Management, Patient Scheduling/Recall Records, and Financial Operations.

DENT D805 Jurisprudence (0.5 cr.)

The Jurisprudence course will expose students to legal principles that impact dentistry and business. Additionally, this course will familiarize students with the Indiana Dental Law as promulgated by the Indiana General Assembly and Indiana Dental Board.

DENT D807 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management III (3.5 cr.)

D807 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management III is the third in a series of four clinical courses focused on the comprehensive care and management of dental patients. This course emphasizes the clinical application and integration of knowledge about the principles of basic and dental sciences attained in the first two years of the curriculum. Students will participate in a variety of clinical experiences, and will be expected to consider the comprehensive treatment possibilities for individual patient care situations, from diagnosis and treatment planning through maintenance.

DENT D823 Clinical Periodontics III (1.0 cr.)

D823 Clinical Periodontics III is the third in a series of four clinical courses in Periodontics. The primary goal of these courses is to give students the opportunity to learn the basic concepts and develop clinical competency in: periodontal examination, periodontal charting and record keeping, diagnosis of periodontal diseases, periodontal treatment planning, dental prophylaxis, periodontal scaling & root planing, periodontal maintenance, management of periodontal emergencies, and appropriate referral of periodontal patients. A secondary goal of these courses is to teach students the fundamentals of periodontal surgery. Students will be required to assist graduate periodontics students during surgical procedures and, when deemed capable, will have the opportunity to perform periodontal surgeries on their own patients.

DENT D835 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic III (2.5 cr.)

In D835 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic III students continue their clinical education in Cariology and Operative Dentistry by treating patients during supervised clinical experiences. This courses will enable the student, upon graduation, to be competent and proficient in the diagnosis and management of dental caries and other dental conditions requiring non-surgical (preventive) treatment or direct restorative care using dental amalgam and resin composite, which are required experiences for graduation, and are evaluated by the Caries Risk Assessment Competency in the 3rd year, and the Operative Dentistry Clinical Competency exam in the 4th year.  Additionally, students may obtain clinical experiences involving glass ionomer, cosmetic resin bonding, sealants, direct and indirect pulp therapy, control of rampant caries, provisional and sedative restorations, repair of castings, and direct gold.

DENT D841 Implant Clinic II (0.5 cr.)

D841 Implant Clinic II is a continuation of D749 Implant Clinic I and is designed to provide students clinical experience in dental implants. The purpose of the course is to provide introductory concepts that should allow students to recognize the possibility of implant dentistry as a treatment method, make wise referrals when appropriate, and to provide clinical treatment with dental implants involving simple fixed and removable restorations.

DENT D843 Complete Denture Clinic III (1.0 cr.)

D843 Complete Denture Clinic III is the third in a series of courses providing clinical instruction and practice in complete denture prosthodontics. Experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring complete denture prostheses.

DENT D845 Removable Partial Denture Clinic III (1.0 cr.)

D845 Removable Partial Denture Clinic III is the third in a series of courses providing clinical instruction and practice in removable partial denture prosthodontics. Experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring removable partial denture prostheses.

DENT D847 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic III (1.0 cr.)

D847 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic III is the third in a series of courses providing clinical instruction and practice in fixed prosthodontics. Students will gain experience in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring fixed prostheses.

DENT D865 Oral Surgery Rotation III (0.5 cr.)

D865 Oral Surgery Rotation III is designed for students to expand their clinical experience and refine their knowledge in basic oral and maxillofacial surgery. The rotation is structured to supplement the knowledge base from the didactic curriculum so that students will achieve knowledge and be able to manage their patients’ care. Management of patient care will depend on the specific diagnoses and may entail the ability to monitor or coordinate care provided by others, refer the patient to another health care provider, or perform the actual procedure.

DENT D867 Emergency Clinic Rotation II (0.5 cr.) (Merging with OS Rotation – discontinue AY 2018-19)

In D867 Emergency Clinic Rotation II, students will continue to triage and treat dental emergencies effectively, while keeping in mind the ultimate treatment plan or dental needs of the individual patient. This rotation combines the principles learned throughout the IUSD curriculum, with the time management and critical thinking skills of the student.

DENT D871 Clinical Endodontics III (0.5 cr.)

The objective of D871 Clinical Endodontics III is to provide students with experience in endodontic treatment.  Upon completion of this course students will be capable of managing endodontic emergencies and completing uncomplicated endodontic cases. 

DENT D890 Pediatric Dentistry Rotation III (0.5 cr.)   

The purpose of Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation III is to prepare the student dentist for the care of the oral health of the child patient.  This course is a supervised clinical experience in the practice of dentistry for children subsequent to the lecture and technique course. Satisfactorily completing the D790/D791 Pediatric Dentistry Rotations are prerequisites for taking this course. It is comprised of clinical experience in the diagnosis, treatment planning, caries risk assessment and caries risk management with preventive measures and typical treatment procedures for typical children.

 

SPRING SEMESTER, 14.00 CREDIT HOURS

DENT D802 Dental Rounds IV (1.0 cr.)

In fourth-year Dental Rounds, students will participate in weekly seminars with Clinic Directors to discuss clinical problems in the practice of dentistry. Students will be expected to assess their original treatment plan of a patient of record and determine whether treatment was properly sequenced, what positive and negative outcomes derived from actual treatment, and what maintenance and/or future treatment the patient might require. Students will consider relevant biobehavioral, biomedical, ethical and current best evidence related to patient treatment. In the fourth-year, students will choose one of their case presentations to present as their Outcomes of Treatment Competency exam.

DENT D804 Practice Administration II (1.0 cr.) *Moving to third-year of curriculum – discontinued following Spring 2018 Semester

D804 is a continuation of D803, and introduces students to the principles and philosophy of practice administration including essential financial concepts, employment options, a variety of practice models, and to provide an opportunity for identifying those business skills which will enable them to become functional practitioners in their chosen practice setting.  Topics which will be addressed over the course of two semesters include: Basic Financial Literacy, Trends in Dentistry, Career Opportunities, Use of Consultants, Obtaining Financing, Associateships, Purchasing a Practice, Staffing and Staff Management, Patient Scheduling/Recall Records, and Financial Operations.

DENT D808 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management IV (3.5 cr.)

D808 Comprehensive Care and Patient Management IV is the fourth and final clinical course in the DDS curriculum focusing on the comprehensive care and management of dental patients. This course emphasizes the clinical application and integration of knowledge about the principles of basic and dental sciences attained in the first two years of the curriculum. Students will participate in a variety of clinical experiences, and will be expected to consider the comprehensive treatment possibilities for individual patient care situations, from diagnosis and treatment planning through maintenance.

DENT D810 Intramural Electives (1.0 cr.)

Intramural electives provide dental students opportunities to gain additional exposure and in-depth training in areas of particular interest, e.g. clinical science, research, teaching and learning, service, etc.  The course director is responsible for the overall administration of the course, while individual elective instructors are responsible for teaching their electives and measuring students’ attainment of elective goals and learning objectives.  Students are responsible for working with instructors to monitor their progress in meeting the expectations for satisfactory achievement of the learning objectives outlined in each elective. 

DENT D824 Clinical Periodontics IV (0.5 cr.)

D824 Clinical Periodontics IV is the final course in the Clinical Periodontics course series. The primary goal of these courses is to give students the opportunity to learn the basic concepts and develop clinical competency in: periodontal examination, periodontal charting and record keeping, diagnosis of periodontal diseases, periodontal treatment planning, dental prophylaxis, periodontal scaling & root planing, periodontal maintenance, management of periodontal emergencies, and appropriate referral of periodontal patients. A secondary goal of these courses is to teach students the fundamentals of periodontal surgery. Students will be required to assist graduate periodontics students during surgical procedures and, when deemed capable, will have the opportunity to perform periodontal surgeries on their own patients.

DENT D836 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic IV (2.5 cr.)

D836 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic IV is a continuation of D835 Cariology and Operative Dentistry Clinic III and is the final course in the series. Students will continue their clinical education in Cariology and Operative Dentistry by treating patients during supervised clinical experiences. This courses will enable the student, upon graduation, to be competent and proficient in the diagnosis and management of dental caries and other dental conditions requiring non-surgical (preventive) treatment or direct restorative care using dental amalgam and resin composite, which are required experiences for graduation, and are evaluated by the Caries Risk Assessment Competency in the 3rd year, and the Operative Dentistry Clinical Competency exam in the 4th year.  Additionally, students may obtain clinical experiences involving glass ionomer, cosmetic resin bonding, sealants, direct and indirect pulp therapy, control of rampant caries, provisional and sedative restorations, repair of castings, and direct gold.

DENT D842 Implant Clinic III (0.5 cr.)

D842 Implant Clinic III is the final course in the dental implants clinical series. The course is designed to provide students clinical experience in dental implants. The purpose of the course is to provide introductory concepts that should allow students to recognize the possibility of implant dentistry as a treatment method, make wise referrals when appropriate, and to provide clinical treatment with dental implants involving simple fixed and removable restorations.

DENT D844 Complete Denture Clinic IV (1.0 cr.)

D844 Complete Denture Clinic IV is the final course in the clinical complete denture series. Students receive clinical instruction and practice in complete denture prosthodontics. Experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring complete denture prostheses.

DENT D846 Removable Partial Denture Clinic IV (1.0 cr.)

D846 Removable Partial Denture Clinic IV is the final course in the clinical removable partial denture series. Students receive clinical instruction and practice in removable partial denture prosthodontics, and experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring removable partial denture prostheses.

DENT D848 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic IV (2.0 cr.)

D848 Fixed Prosthodontics Clinic IV is the final course in the clinical fixed prosthodontics series. Students receive clinical instruction and practice in fixed prosthodontics, and experience is gained in diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient treatment for patients requiring fixed prostheses.

DENT D866 Oral Surgery Rotation IV (0.5 cr.)

D866 Oral Surgery Rotation IV is a continuation of the D865 Oral Surgery Rotation III course, and is designed for students to expand their clinical experience and refine their knowledge in basic oral and maxillofacial surgery. The rotation is structured to supplement the knowledge base from the didactic curriculum so that students will achieve knowledge and be able to manage their patients’ care. Management of patient care will depend on the specific diagnoses and may entail the ability to monitor or coordinate care provided by others, refer the patient to another health care provider, or perform the actual procedure.

DENT D868 Emergency Clinic Rotation III (0.5 cr.) (Merging with OS Rotation – discontinue AY 2018-19)

D868 Emergency Clinic Rotation III is the final course in the emergency clinic rotation series. Students will continue their training to be able to triage and treat dental emergencies effectively, while keeping in mind the ultimate treatment plan or dental needs of the individual patient. This rotation combines the principles learned throughout the IUSD curriculum, with the time management and critical thinking skills of the student.

DENT D872 Clinical Endodontics IV (0.5 cr.)

D872 Clinical Endodontics IV is the continuation of D871 Clinical Endodontics IIII, and provides students with experience in endodontic treatment. Upon completion of this course students will be capable of managing endodontic emergencies and completing uncomplicated endodontic cases. 



FOURTH-YEAR ELECTIVE COURSES

DENT T871 Community-based Education IV-Part I (0.5-3.0)
DENT T872 Community-based Education IV-Part II (0.5-3.0)

These elective courses aim at connecting meaningful community service experiences with academic and personal growth, as well as civic responsibility.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in the elective service learning, international service learning, and community service sections.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

The DDS curriculum supports the attainment of the following institutional competencies expected of a general dentist entering the profession:

    1. Graduates must be competent in patient assessment, diagnosis, and referral.

    2. Graduates must be competent in treatment planning.

    3. Graduates must be competent to communicate and collaborate with individuals and groups to prevent oral disease and promote oral and general health in the community.

    4. Graduates must be competent in control of pain and anxiety, clinical pharmacology, and management of related problems, including prescribing practices and substance use disorders.

    5. Graduates must be competent in the prevention and management of dental and medical emergencies.

    6. Graduates must be competent in detection, diagnosis, risk assessment, prevention, and management of dental caries.

    7. Graduates must be competent in the diagnosis and restoration of defective teeth to form, function and esthetics.

    8. Graduates must be competent in the replacement of teeth including fixed, removable and dental implant prosthodontic therapies.

    9. Graduates must be competent in the diagnosis and management of periodontal disorders.

    10. Graduates must be competent in the prevention, diagnosis and management of pulpal and periradicular diseases.

    11. Graduates must be competent in the diagnosis and management of oral mucosal and osseous disorders.

    12. Graduates must be competent to collect and assess diagnostic information to plan for and perform uncomplicated oral surgical procedures.

    13. Graduates must be competent to recognize and diagnose malocclusion and space management needs.

    14. Graduates must be competent in discerning and managing ethical issues and problems in dental practice.

    15. Graduates must be competent in the understanding and application of the appropriate codes, rules, laws and regulations that govern dental practice.

    16. Graduates must be competent in behavioral patient management and interpersonal skills.

    17. Graduates must be competent in understanding the fundamental elements of managing a dental practice.

    18. Graduates must be competent in performing and supervising infection control procedures to prevent transmission of infectious diseases to patients, the dentist, the staff and dental laboratory technicians.

    19. Graduates must be competent in providing evidence-based patient care in which they access, critically evaluate, and communicate scientific and lay literature, incorporating efficacious procedures with consideration of patient needs and preferences.

    20. Graduates must have the ability to recognize the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment to maintain competency.