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General Dentistry, D.D.S.

The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry offers a 4-year Doctoral of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree program, which is among the best clinical educational programs in the nation.

The training that leads to a D.D.S. degree is a combination of didactic (theoretical) education, preclinical coursework, and progressive clinical patient care experiences.

Championing development of the care, skill and judgment necessary to become competent dentists who deliver seamless and integrated care to patients is at the core of the education and training experience we offer. This begins in the first year, during which students have the opportunity to interact with patients and provide appropriate limited care, and it expands steadily as they progress through the curriculum.

Program Structure

Our dental program is intense and demanding. There is an extensive body of information and a host of new skills to master in a relatively short time. An average course load is about 25 credit-hours per semester and all courses must be completed with a "C" or higher in order to advance to the next succeeding level. The learning experience features a team-based approach that promotes positive peer interaction and camaraderie, and all patient care provided by students is done under the supervision of licensed and highly-qualified dental faculty.  

Patient interaction begins in the first year, and is accompanied by curriculum that focuses on developing a solid foundation in the biomedical sciences with introduction to the various disciplines in dentistry. As students progress to the second year, instruction involves more hands-on exercises in which they learn to perform procedures in a laboratory or simulated (preclinical) patient environment. Third year students spend substantially more time treating patients for specific dental concerns with emphasis shifting to comprehensive management and treatment of patients in year four of the curriculum.

For a list of first, second, third and fourth year courses, see accordion menu below.

Tulsa Expansion

All accepted and matriculating dental students will complete years 1 and 2 of their dental education at the OU College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City. Starting in June 2022, students will complete years 3 and 4 of their dental education in one of our nine (9) group practices in Oklahoma City or at our tenth group practice in Tulsa, which is located in the OU Health Physicians building on the OU-Tulsa Campus.

The college currently solicits interest among matriculating students and assigns them to the Tulsa Clinic at the end of the first year of their dental education. Effective with the incoming class of 2027, prospective students will indicate interest in assignment to our Tulsa Clinic on their AADSAS forms and be notified of selection by the college upon admission to the D.D.S. program. This process enables students to plan ahead with regard to housing, transportation and other location-based needs.

We are excited about the opportunities awaiting students at our Oklahoma City and Tulsa clinics. Together, these clinics help us fulfill one of our primary roles: To improve the health of the community and surrounding area by bringing dental services, at substantially reduced fees, into areas of our state with underserved oral health needs. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Tulsa program.

Curriculum

First Year

Summer

Human Structure for Dental Students

 

Fall

Biochemistry

Intro to Principles of Material Science

Behavioral Sciences I

Introduction to Ethics

Community Dentistry

Evidence-Based Dentistry

Dental Morphology

Oral Radiology

Cariology and Fluorides

Preventive Dentistry

Physiology

 

Spring

Dental Biochemistry

General Histology

Oral Histology

Applied Dental Materials I

Articulation and Occlusion

Radiographic Interpretation/Technique

Oral Diagnosis

Operative Dentistry I - Preclinic Theory

Operative Dentistry I - Preclinic Lab

Oral Prophylaxis Clinic

Second Year

Summer

Applied Dental Materials II

Microbiology/Immunology for DS

Adult Preventive Clinic

General Pathology for Dental Students

Preclinical Operative Dentistry II

Clinical Periodontics I

Alginate Impressions

 

Fall

Endodontics I Pre-Clinic Lecture

Endodontics I Pre-Clinic Laboratory

Fixed Prosthodontics I

Microbiology/Immunology for DS

Patient Contact 

Radiographic Interpretation

Systemic Pathology

Preclinical Operative Dentistry II

Developmental Dentistry/Orthodontics

Comp. Control of Pain and Anxiety

Periodontics I

Clinical Periodontics I

Removable Prosthodontics

 

Spring

Endodontics I Pre-Clinic Lecture

Endodontics I Pre-Clinic Laboratory

Fixed Prosthodontics II

Clinical Occlusion I

Patient Contact

Radiographic Interpretation

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Operative Clinic I R.

Orthodontic Diagnosis

Exodontia E.

Basic Pediatric Dentistry

Clinical Periodontics I

Periodontics II

Pharmacology

Removable Partial Prosthodontics

Third Year

Summer

Endodontics II

Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics I

Treatment Planning I

Clincial Oral Diagnosis I

Operative Dentistry Clinic II

Oral Surgery I

Clinical Periodontics II

Special Subjects/Pharm & Therapeutics

Immediate Dentures

Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

 

Fall

Clin Recordkeeping/Patient Mgmt I

ntroduction to Practice Management

Clinical Endodontics I

Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics I

Oral Implantology I

Alcohol and Drug Education

Clinical Oral Diagnosis I

Oral Medicine and Therapeutics

Operative Dentistry Clinic II

Orthodontics Lectures I

Clinical Orthodontics I

Clinical Oral Surgery I

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

Applied Pediatric Dentistry I

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry I

Periodontics III

Clinical Periodontics II

Restorative Lectures I

Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

 

Spring

Clin RecordKeeping/Patient Mgmt II

Advanced Practice Management

Psych. Basis for Dental Practice

Clinical Endodontics I

Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics I

Clinical Occlusion II

Clinical Oral Diagnosis II

Geriatric Dentistry

Operative Dentistry Clinic II

Orthodontics Lectures II

Clinical Orthodontics II

Oral Surgery II

Clinical Oral Surgery II

Hospital Clerkship

Applied Pediatric Dentistry II

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry II

Clinical Periodontics II

Restorative Lectures II

Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

Fourth Year

Summer

Senior Externship

Endodontics III

Fixed Prosthodontics III

Clinical Oral Diagnosis II

Clinical Orthodontics III

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry III

Restorative Lectures III

Comprehensive Care

 

Fall

Clin Recordkeeping & Patient Mgmt III

Ethical & Legal Aspects of Dentistry Cumby

Senior Externship Beatty

Oral Implantology II

Correlation Seminar Beavers

Clinical Orthodontics IV

Clinical Oral Surgery III

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry IV

Comprehensive Care

 

Spring

Clin Recordkeeping & Patient Mgmt IV

Senior Externship

Clinical Endodontics II

Oral Implantology II

Clinical Orthodontics V

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry V

Comprehensive Care

Contact

Heidi Martin
Student Program Coordinator 
College of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Student Affairs 
1201 N. Stonewall, RM-516 Oklahoma City, OK 73117 
Phone (405) 271-3530 
E-mail: Heidi-Martin@ouhsc.edu