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.
All students considering application to the DDS Degree program should review the School of Dentistry Technical Standards Policy. This policy defines the necessary knowledge, skills, professional behaviors, and attitudes expected of students to demonstrate competency and to demonstrate successful completion of the program.
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.
In a health professional educational program such as this, it is mandatory that each student, after acceptance into the program, attend all identified orientation sessions indicated in the student schedule. For DDS professional students, these sessions are considered part of the curriculum and attendance at such is a component of demonstrating competency in professionalism. These are scheduled at the beginning of the first term of each year.