General Dentistry, D.D.S.

The training that leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree is a combination of didactic (theoretical) and applied coursework together with a progressive experience in patient treatment in a clinical environment. Our four-year D.D.S. program is widely know as one of the top leaders in pre-clinical and clinical education. 

Program Structure

The 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 is formatted around a cohort model, in which a class of 54 entering students progresses through the entire program together. The cohort approach promotes positive peer interaction and camaraderie and enhances the learning environment. 

The early curriculum focuses on developing a solid foundation in the biomedical sciences with introduction to the various disciplines in dentistry. While the student gradually acquires more expertise and assumes a growing responsibility for delivery of patient care as he or she advances through training, it should be noted that the opportunity to interact with patients and provide appropriate limited care is presented within the first year. This is a hallmark of the educational experience at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and is consistent with our reputation for providing an excellent clinical education with a strong patient contact component.

As the student rises through the curriculum, the instruction shifts more and more to hands-on, pre-clinical exercises, in which students learn how to perform procedures in a laboratory or simulated patient environment. By the third year, the student is schooled in more sophisticated aspects of dental care and spends substantially more time treating patients under the supervision of a licensed dentist. In the fourth year, the emphasis is on comprehensive management and treatment of patients.

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

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Contact

Heidi Martin
Student Program Coordinator 
College of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Student Affairs 
1201 N. Stonewall, RM-513 Oklahoma City, OK 73117 
Phone (405) 271-3530 
E-mail: COD-Admissions@ouhsc.edu