The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) is a professional degree awarded by the College of Dentistry. Admission requirements include 90 s.h. of undergraduate credit, including specific required courses, completed at an accredited college; see Admission in this section of the catalog.
Students working toward a bachelor's degree in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences before being admitted to the College of Dentistry may be able to complete their bachelor's degree during their first year in dentistry; see "Bachelor's Degree/DDS" under Requirements in this section of the catalog.
The Doctor of Dental Surgery requires a minimum of three years of preprofessional study and four years of study in the College of Dentistry. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 to earn the degree.
Coursework during the first and second years in the College of Dentistry integrates the biomedical sciences with preclinical and clinical disciplines. The biomedical sciences include gross anatomy, biochemistry, general histology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. Students also study topics specific to dentistry, such as principles of occlusion, anesthesia and pain control, operative dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, cariology, and preventive dentistry. During the latter part of the first year, students are introduced to their first clinical patient treatment situation.
Second-year dental students continue their study of biomedical sciences, take preclinical courses, have additional patient treatment experiences in restorative and preventive dentistry, and are introduced to aesthetic and implant dentistry.
Third-year dental students rotate through a series of clerkships that expose them to eight clinical disciplines: endodontics, operative dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral radiology and medicine.
Fourth-year dental students deliver comprehensive dental care in conditions that closely approximate those in private dental practice. They also are exposed to varied community dentistry health programs throughout Iowa and other states that include hospitals, nursing homes, and special care clinics. They may choose to participate in the Colorado Migrant Worker Program or the Indian Health Service Program. The community dentistry programs provide exposure to facets of dentistry usually not observable in an academic setting.
Students may gain research experience by enrolling in PCD:8500 Dental Student Research Honors Program.
The Doctor of Dental Surgery requires the following coursework.
First Year, Fall
|BMB:8101||Biochemistry for Dental Students||3|
|MPB:8115||Human Physiology for Dental Students||4|
|OPER:8122||Introduction to Operative Dentistry||1|
|PCD:8115||Clinical Practice and Professionalism I||1|
|PCD:8116||Fundamentals of Preventive Dentistry||1|
|PCD:8117||Cariology and Preventive Therapies||2|
|PCD:8120||Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry I||1|
|PERI:8120||Fundamentals in Periodontology I||2|
|PROS:8120||Treatment of Dentulous Patients: Introduction to Occlusion Lecture||1|
|PROS:8121||Treatment of Dentulous Patients: Introduction to Occlusion Lab||1|
First Year, Spring
|DENT:8110||Dental First-Year UI Interprofessional Education||0|
|ACB:8120||Human Gross Anatomy for Dental Students||6|
|ACB:8121||General Histology for Dental Students||4|
|OMFS:8115||Anesthesia and Pain Control I||1|
|OPER:8124||Operative Dentistry I||5|
|OPRM:8120||Fundamentals of Oral Radiology||1|
|PCD:8118||Preventive Dentistry Assessment and Patient Care||4|
|PCD:8119||Clinical Practice and Professionalism II||1|
|PCD:8121||Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry II||1|
|PROS:8122||Treatment of Dentulous Patients: Fixed Prosthodontics for Single Anterior Teeth Lecture||1|
|PROS:8123||Treatment of Dentulous Patients: Fixed Prosthodontics for Single Anterior Teeth Lab||1|
|PROS:8124||Treatment of Dentulous Patients: Fixed Prosthodontics for Single Posterior Teeth Lecture||1|
|PROS:8125||Treatment of Dentulous Patients: Fixed Prosthodontics for Single Posterior Teeth Lab||1|
Second Year, Fall
|DENT:8210||Dental Second-Year Interprofessional Education||0|
|OMFS:8230||Basic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery||2|
|OPER:8240||Operative Dentistry II||3|
|OPRM:8235||Oral Pathology I||2|
|OPRM:8245||Introduction to Clinical Oral Radiology||1|
|ORDN:8215||Growth and Development||1|
|PATH:8133||Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students||4|
|PCD:8218||Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Dentistry in Treatment Planning||1|
|PCD:8245||Clinical Preventive Dentistry||2|
|PERI:8230||Fundamentals in Periodontology II||1|
|PROS:8240||Treatment of Partially Edentulous Patients: Fixed Multi-Unit Prosthodontics Lecture||1|
|PROS:8241||Treatment of Partially Edentulous Patients: Fixed Multi-Unit Prosthodontics Patient Simulation I||1|
|PROS:8242||Treatment of Partially Edentulous Patients: Single Tooth Implant Lecture||1|
|PROS:8243||Treatment of Partially Edentulous Patients: Single Tooth Implant Patient Simulation||1|
Second Year, Spring
|ENDO:8240||Endodontics Preclinical Didactic||1|
|ENDO:8241||Endodontics Preclinical Laboratory||1|
|OMFS:8245||Anesthesia and Pain Control II||1|
|OPER:8243||Introduction to Clinical Operative Dentistry||3|
|OPRM:8236||Oral Pathology II||2|
|PCD:8219||Clinical Practice and Professionalism III||1|
|PEDO:8240||Pediatric Dentistry Diagnosis and Treatment||3|
|PROS:8244||Treatment of Partially Edentulous Patients: Removable Partial Prosthodontics Lecture||1|
|PROS:8245||Treatment of Partially Edentulous Patients: Removable Partial Prosthodontics Patient Simulation||1|
|PROS:8246||Treatment of Edentulous Patients: Removable Complete Prosthodontics Lecture||1|
|PROS:8247||Treatment of Edentulous Patients: Removable Complete Prosthodontics Patient Simulation||1|
Third Year Clinical Rotations
In addition to fall and spring coursework, students complete the following multidisciplinary rotations throughout the year.
|ENDO:8370||Clinical Endodontics II (20 weeks)||4|
|OMFS:8360||Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (5 weeks)||4|
|OPER:8370||Operative Dentistry III (10 weeks)||4|
|OPRM:8360||Clinical Oral Diagnosis (5 weeks)||1|
|OPRM:8361||Clinical Oral Radiology (5 weeks)||1|
|OPRM:8365||Clinical Oral Pathology (5 weeks)||1|
|PEDO:8370||Pediatric Dentistry: Clinical Applications (10 weeks)||4|
|PERI:8370||Clinical Periodontology (20 weeks)||4|
|PROS:8370||Introduction to Clinical Prosthodontics (20 weeks)||8|
Third Year, Fall
|DENT:8371||Quality Assurance I||1|
|OPRM:8355||Systemic Disease Manifestations||1|
|OPRM:8362||Applied Oral Radiology||1|
|OPRM:8368||Applied Dental Pharmacology||2|
|PCD:8319||Clinical Practice and Professionalism IV||1|
|PCD:8360||The Practice of Dentistry in the Community I||1|
Third Year, Spring
|DENT:8360||Introduction to Clinical Orofacial Pain||1|
|DENT:8372||Quality Assurance II||1|
|PCD:8355||Introduction to Geriatric Dentistry||2|
|PCD:8361||The Practice of Dentistry in the Community II||2|
Fourth Year Clinical Rotations
Students complete one yearlong course, FAMD:8488 Comprehensive Dental Patient Care. In addition to fall and spring coursework, students complete the following specialized rotations throughout the year.
|DENT:8485||Clinical Admissions Emergency||2|
|FAMD:8482||Dental Auxiliary Utilization||2|
|PCD:8489||Geriatrics and Special Needs Program (5 weeks)||4|
|PCD:8494||Extramural Rotation in Oral Health (5 weeks)||5|
Fourth Year, Fall
|FAMD:8484||Dental Practice Management I||1|
|FAMD:8495||Advanced Treatment Planning I||2|
Fourth Year, Spring
|DENT:8489||Clinical Practice and Professionalism V||1|
|FAMD:8485||Dental Practice Management II||1|
|FAMD:8497||Advanced Treatment Planning II||1|
Dental Public Health Distinction Track
Students who seek this track take an additional four courses, participate in the Dental Public Health (DPH) club, and engage in community outreach activities. Students completing this track will graduate with distinction in dental public health.
The College of Dentistry also supports a fully-accredited DPH graduate program for those who want to specialize in the discipline after dental school. See the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry in the catalog for more information.
|Four of these:|
|DPH:5000||Introduction to Dental Public Health||0,2|
|DPH:5005||Administration of Public Dental Programs||0,2|
|DPH:5014||Dental Care Policy and Financing||0,2|
|DPH:6003||Independent Study: Dental Public Health||1-3|
|ABRD:3352||International Perspectives: Xicotepec||arr.|
|CBH:4105||Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention||3|
|CPH:5100||Introduction to Public Health||3|
|EPID:4400||Epidemiology I: Principles||3|
|HMP:4000||Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System||3|
|OEH:4240||Global Environmental Health||3|
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) allows its students to count 30 s.h. of elective credit earned in any other University of Iowa college toward graduation with a bachelor's degree. Under this policy, CLAS students who enroll in the College of Dentistry before completing their bachelor's degree may be able to complete their degree during their first year in dentistry. Students planning to take advantage of this plan must satisfy the CLAS residence requirement in order to enroll in the College of Dentistry. They also must fulfill all requirements for the bachelor's degree, including the GE CLAS Core requirements and the requirements for a major. Contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for more information.
Applicants must submit a completed Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) application form to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). The AADSAS application must be completed online at the American Dental Education Association website.
Applications are accepted in June of the year that precedes the year of entry. Completed applications must be on file at ADEA by Oct. 1. Applicants should apply as early as possible. Notifications of acceptance are sent beginning in December.
The basic academic requirement for admission to the College of Dentistry is completion of at least 90 s.h. of academic study at an accredited college. No more than 60 s.h. of credit is accepted from a community college or two-year institution. The predental program of study should include the following.
English: satisfactory accomplishment in English composition, rhetoric, and speech commensurate with the academic requirements for a bachelor's degree at the college attended.
Physics: one year (equivalent to 8 s.h.), of which one-fourth must be laboratory work.
Chemistry: two years (equivalent to 16 s.h.), of which one year (equivalent to 8 s.h.) must be in organic chemistry; one-fourth of each year's study must be laboratory work.
Biological science: one year (equivalent to 8 s.h.), which must include appropriate laboratory work; the requirement may be satisfied by a one-year course in principles of biology, with instruction in cell biology, metabolism, organismic biology, animal biology, genetics, development, ecology, and evolution. Preference is given to applicants who have completed more than 8 s.h. Courses in human anatomy and cell physiology are strongly recommended.
Biochemistry: one course (3 s.h.) that covers basic concepts in modern biochemistry and molecular biology.
Electives: sufficient coursework in the social sciences, philosophy, psychology, history, world languages, business, and mathematics to provide a well-rounded educational background.
Grade-Point Average Requirement
Applicants should have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) higher than 2.50 on a 4.00 scale; a GPA above 3.50 is preferred. The admissions committee gives special consideration to the quality of applicants' coursework in the predental sciences, in addition to the cumulative GPA.
Personal interviews are required of applicants for admission to the College of Dentistry. After a complete AADSAS application is received by the admissions office, select applicants are contacted to arrange an interview.
Required Dental Admission Test
All applicants must complete the Dental Admission Test (DAT) sponsored by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association. A computerized DAT is available throughout the year at designated Prometric centers. Tests must be scheduled in advance.
Test application forms are available online or by mail from the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Deposit by Accepted Applicants
Applicants accepted before Feb. 1 are required to submit a $500 deposit within 30 days after notification of admittance. Applicants admitted after Feb. 1 must submit the deposit within two weeks after notification of admittance. This deposit is not refundable but is credited toward the first fee payment. Applicants who fail to make the deposit within the time specified forfeit their place in the entering class.
Additional Admission Considerations
Fulfillment of the specific requirements listed for admission does not ensure admission to the College of Dentistry. The admissions committee reviews applicants who meet the minimum requirements and selects those who appear best qualified for the study and practice of dentistry. The committee considers quantitative and qualitative components of the application, letters of recommendations, the interview, and other factors.
Financial assistance for dental students is based on need. Dental students who demonstrate need are eligible for Health Professions, Stafford, and Grad PLUS loans. Students applying for loans must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including parental information in order to be considered for the Health Professions loan. Loans are repayable over an extended period of time after the course of study is completed.
Collegiate short-term and long-term loans are available through the financial aid coordinator at the College of Dentistry.
Tuition scholarships are awarded each year to qualified entering dental students. The awards provide financial support up to $15,000 per year for as many as four years, if the student maintains an appropriate level of academic and professional performance.
Information on financial assistance for dental students is available from the university's Office of Student Financial Aid as well as the College of Dentistry Office of Student Affairs.
The College of Dentistry maintains the Supply-Instrument Management System (SIMS), which provides students with instruments and supplies necessary throughout their dental training. The SIMS usage fee for the DDS is payable in installments over the four-year program.
A fee for expendable laboratory supplies is charged each of the first two years. A $100 breakage fee also must be deposited; the deposit is refundable upon graduation or termination of enrollment.