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D.D.S. Program

Third Year Schedule of Courses


First Semester

Course # Title Semester Hours
OPRM:8355 Systemic Disease Manifestations 1
PCD:8360 The Practice of Dentistry in the Community I 1
DENT:8368 Applied Dental Pharmacology 2


Second Semester

Course # Title Semester Hours
OMFS:8355 Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1
PCD:8361 The Practice of Dentistry in the Community II 2
DENT:8355 Introduction to Geriatric Dentistry 2


First and Second Semester

Course # Title Semester Hours
OPER:8370 Operative Dentistry III arr. 4
ENDO:8360 Clinical Endodontic Practice arr. 3
ENDO:8365 Clinical Endodontic Seminar 1
PROS:8360 Prosthodontic Clinic arr. 6
PROS:8365 Prosthodontic Seminar 2
OPRM:8360 Clinical Oral Diagnosis 1
OPRM:8361 Clinical Oral Radiology arr. 2
OPRM:8365 Clinical Oral Pathology 1
OMFS:8360 Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery arr. 4
PEDO:8360 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry arr. 3
PEDO:8365 Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Dentistry 1
PERI:8360 Periodontics Clinic arr. 3
PERI:8365 Periodontics Seminar 1


Entire Year

Course # Title Semester Hours
DENT:8370 Introduction to Comp Care/Exp Learning III 1
DENT:8371 Introduction to Quality Assurance 2
Third Year Total 44


Summer Session

Course # Title Semester Hours
DENT:8300 Third-Year Continuing Session 0 or 12



Course # Title Semester Hours
DENT:8500 Dental Student Research Honors Program arr.


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Third-year dental students rotate through a series of clinics, which expose them to each of seven clinical disciplines: endodontics; prosthodontics; operative dentistry; oral and maxillofacial surgery; oral pathology, radiology and medicine; pediatric dentistry; and periodontics.

For four and one-half days a week, groups of 18 to 20 students rotate through these specialty areas for five-week periods, developing diagnostic and surgical skills and applying the theoretical knowledge acquired in their course work. At the end of the third year, students have developed skills in every area of dentistry and are prepared to work more independently during the fourth year of training. Emphasis is placed on reinforcing high ethical standards and developing good surgical practices.