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First Year Schedule of Courses 2012-13

First Semester

Course # Title Sem. Hrs.
MPB 8115 Dental Physiology 4
BIOC 8101 Biochemistry for Dental Students 4
OPER 8120 Dental Anatomy 3
PERI 8120 Periodontic Methods I 2
PCD 8116 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1
PCD 8117 Cariology and Preventive Therapies 2
  Semester Total 16

Second Semester

Course # Title Sem. Hrs.
ACB 8120 Human Gross Anatomy 6
ACB 8121 Histology for Dental Students 4
OPER 8122 Operative Dentistry I 6
PROS 8122 Occlusion and Complete Dentures Lectures 2
PROS 8123 Occlusion and Complete Dentures Lab 2
OPRM 8120 Fundamentals of Oral Radiology 1
OMFS 8115 Anesthesia & Pain Control I 1
PCD 8118 Preventive Dentistry, Com. & Patient Care 3
DENT 8118 Experiential Learning I 4
  Semester Total 29

Summer Semester

Course # Title Sem. Hrs.
DENT 8100 First-Year Continuing Session 0 or 12


Course # Title Sem. Hrs.
DENT 8500 Dental Student Research Honors Program arr.


graduate student using hard tissue microtome in research labFirst-year students enrolled in the dental curriculum attend classes for ten to eleven months, including a six-week summer session. Course work during the first year of study integrates the basic sciences with preclinical and clinical disciplines. The basic sciences include gross anatomy, general histology, oral histology and embryology, physiology, and biochemistry. Students also study topics specific to dentistry, such as principles of occlusion, anesthesia and pain control, operative dentistry, facial growth and development, cariology, and preventive dentistry. During the latter part of the first year, students are introduced to their first clinical patient-treatment situation.

Students make extensive use of the College of Dentistry's advanced teaching facilities. In their classes, they learn procedures on simulator units that help smooth the transition from classroom to clinic. Each of the 80+ units in the college's Simulation Clinic features a mannequin positioned like a reclining patient and a monitor where demonstrations and other images are broadcast. After class, students master techniques in a bench laboratory or peruse electronic learning resources in self-guided study.

A computer laboratory and satellite workstations at several sites within the building give students access to computer equipment as well as laser printers. Most of the computers are connected to the college network, with its resident software and instruction packages. The computers also are connected to the University's campus-wide network, which lets students access the University Libraries' online catalog, Internet, health sciences databases such as Medline, and many other electronic resources.