Our 4-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program is distinguished by its academic excellence, world-renowned faculty, and diverse student body. Our graduates possess the preventive, diagnostic, and technical knowledge to provide comprehensive dental services in a variety of health care systems. Special attention is given to delivering care in a socially sensitive and responsible manner. Our graduates frequently become leaders in their communities and profession.
The length of the 4-year DDS program is 45 months, divided into twelve quarters of ten weeks plus three required nine-week summer sessions. There are 88 students enrolled in the first and second year classes with an additional 20 students enrolled in our two year Professional Program for International Dentists, included in the third and fourth year classes.
The foundational biomedical sciences and preclinical laboratory courses are taught primarily in the first two years of the curriculum with direct patient care beginning early in the second year. The clinical curriculum is competency-based, focusing on patient-centered, comprehensive care with additional clinical experience provided in the form of rotations to specialty and community clinics. In addition to our required curriculum, DDS students have abundant opportunities for individualized professional development through selective courses, and extracurricular experience in research, teaching, leadership, and community service.