Mar 31, 2023  
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DDS Degree

General Information


The Department of Dentistry offers a four-year (11-term) program leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), following satisfactory completion (after senior matriculation) of at least two preprofessional years of university education. The preprofessional years provide the necessary background in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, biochemistry, statistics, the humanities, and social sciences.

The first and second years of the dental program are combined with the MD program. The curriculum is taught in blocks and covers areas as Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Endocrine System, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Musculoskeletal System, Neurosciences, Oncology. These subjects are augmented by dental courses offered by the respective divisions. The lectures, laboratories, seminars, and clinics offered by the Department of Dentistry relate and integrate these fundamental disciplines with the knowledge, skills, judgement, and performance required of dental practitioners.

Senior students are assigned to the Dental Clinic and the Department of Dentistry at the University of Alberta Hospital. An experience in the Satellite Dental Clinic and the external hospitals is required in the final year of the program. Thus students are able to relate their field of health service to the science and art of preventing, treating, and alleviating disease.

See Graduate Programs  for information on programs of graduate study offered by the Department.

Technical Standards

The School of Dentistry Technical Standards Policy defines the necessary knowledge, skills, professional behaviors, and attitudes expected of students. Please see the School of Dentistry website for further information.


The Medical Sciences reading room of the John W Scott Health Sciences Library contains a comprehensive selection of reference materials and textbooks on dentistry and related subjects. In addition, it contains most current dental journals in English and other languages, and the Index to Dental Periodical Literature, an index to all dental periodicals since 1839.


It is mandatory that each student, after acceptance into the program, attend Orientation. This is scheduled immediately before the beginning of the first term of each year.

Course Requirements