Student Learning Outcomes
The student learning outcomes (competencies) listed below are the minimum levels of performance that are expected of the dentist graduate of UMKC School of Dentistry. Due to special interests, experiences and opportunities many students may exceed these expectations in various areas. However, every dental student must demonstrate competence as described below to graduate.
- Apply the fundamental principles of the biomedical and behavioral sciences as they relate to the promotion and provision of oral health care.
- Apply legal, ethical and regulatory principles to the provision of oral health care, including practice management.
- Apply interpersonal and communication skills to empathetically and effectively care for diverse patient populations and function in the health care environment.
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to provide evidence-based patient-centered care.
- Evaluate various models of oral health management and care delivery.
- Participate in improving the oral health of individuals, families, and groups in the community through oral health promotion, education and interaction with other health professions.
- Manage medical emergencies and complications that may occur during dental treatment.
- Recognize and manage pain and anxiety, trauma, hemorrhage, and infection of the orofacial complex by selection, administration or prescription of pharmacological or non-pharmacologic agents in the treatment of dental patients.
- Demonstrate competence in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry for children, adolescents, adults, and special needs patients. This includes:
- Perform a complete dental examination to arrive at a diagnosis, risk assessment and prognosis of the patient’s oral condition/s.
- Develop, present and implement an integrated treatment plan, including the risks and benefits of various options, to address a patient’s oral health needs.
- Prevent, identify and manage periodontal conditions.
- Prevent, identify and manage pulpal and periradicular conditions.
- Identify and manage patients with oral surgical needs.
- Identify and manage malocclusions (including management of space/s).
- Manage restorative procedures for single defective teeth, or to restore function in patients with partial or complete edentulism.
- Treat patients with oral mucosal and osseous disorders and oral manifestations of systemic diseases.
- Evaluate outcomes of treatment, including recall strategies, and prognosis.
- Demonstrate the ability to self-assess competency and plan for lifelong learning.
The school offers a four-year, eight-semester, two-summer-term curriculum leading to the doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree. This curriculum is designed to prepare graduates in dentistry to deliver patient care with a scientific basis and a caring manner. As such, it provides a sound background in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences with an emphasis on comprehensive oral health care. Exposure to clinical dentistry in the first semester of the first year is a hallmark of this curriculum.
The first year of dental school focuses on instruction in the biomedical sciences that provide a foundation for clinical studies. The first-year student also studies introductory courses in oral diagnosis, preventive periodontics and dental restorative techniques in a pre-clinical setting. Early clinical exposure is further emphasized through clinic-based courses in both the first and the second semesters. Acquisition of basic diagnostic skills and background knowledge is a goal of the first year of the curriculum.
Biomedical science courses extend into the second year; however, the major thrust of the second year is devoted to pre-clinical technique coursework of increasing complexity. In the preclinical laboratory courses, students continue learning the fundamental procedures of dentistry: operative dentistry, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), and endodontics. Clinically, students are introduced to the basic essential skills needed in preventive periodontics. Classroom lecture sessions are also conducted in each of these areas of dentistry along with didactic courses in periodontics, oral diagnosis, oral radiology, and oral surgery.
The primary emphasis of the third year of the curriculum is the clinical practice of dentistry. The general clinic is organized into subunits called teams. Each team includes an established set of faculty and staff. Patients are assigned to students for comprehensive care, from diagnosis and treatment planning through procedures necessary for successful case completion. While the emphasis of the third and fourth years of the dental curriculum is gaining clinical experience, students also attend advanced classes in periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, operative dentistry and oral diagnosis/oral medicine.
The fourth year involves extensive clinical practice. There are a few seminar sessions and formal courses (e.g., practice management), but the student's major responsibility is to perfect diagnostic, patient-management and technical-treatment skills and demonstrate competence in all the skills required by the faculty of the School of Dentistry.
An outline of the four-year curriculum by semester is given below.
|BMS 9300||Human Gross Anatomy I||5|
|DENT 6306||Transitions: An Introduction to the Profession and Practice of Dentistry||0.5|
|DENT 6310C||Patient Care I||3|
|DENT 6313||Applied Biochemistry||4|
|DENT 6316||Dental Morphology||3|
|DENT 6319||Ethics and Professionalism||1|
|DENT 6328||Clinical Decision Making in Dentistry||1|
|BMS 9301||Human Gross Anatomy II||5|
|DENT 6305||Operative Dentistry I Lecture||1|
|DENT 6305L||Operative Dentistry I Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6307||Transitions: Introduction to the Profession & Practice of Dentistry II||0.5|
|DENT 6314C||Patient Care II||2|
|DENT 6416||Complete Removable Prosthodontics||1|
|DENT 6416L||Complete Removable Prosthodontics I Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6317||Fundamentals of Occlusion and Fixed Prosthodontics||3|
|DENT 6350||Introduction To The Histopathology Of Oral Tissues||2|
|LS-PHYS 401||Physiology Lecture||5|
|DENT 6315C||Patient Care III||3|
|DENT 6402||Transitions: Introduction to the Profession and Practice of Dentistry III||0.5|
|DENT 6410||Operative Dentistry II Lecture||1|
|DENT 6410L||Operative Dentistry II Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6412||Anesthesiology I Lecture||1|
|DENT 6414||Pathology I Lecture||4|
|DENT 6417||Removable Partial Prosthodontics||1|
|DENT 6417L||Removable Partial Prosthodontics Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6422||Fixed Prosthodontics I Lecture||1|
|DENT 6422L||Fixed Prosthodontics I Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6426||Oral Radiology Lecture||2|
|DENT 6435||Endodontics I Lecture||1|
|DENT 6436||Orthodontics: Growth And Development||1|
|DENT 6352||Patient Care IV||1|
|DENT 6403||Transitions: Introduction to the Profession & Practice of Dentistry IV||0.5|
|DENT 6415||Pathology II||2|
|DENT 6420||Periodontics I||2|
|DENT 6423||Fixed Prosthodontics II Lecture||1|
|DENT 6423L||Fixed Prosthodontics II Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6424||Dental Management of the Medically Complex Patient||2|
|DENT 6431||Pediatric Dentistry I Lecture||1|
|DENT 6439||Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office||1|
|DENT 6440||Oral Surgery I||1|
|DENT 6442||Endodontics II Lecture||1|
|DENT 6442L||Endodontics Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6460C||Review of Pre-Clinical Dentistry||0.5|
|DENT 6526||Orthodontics I||1|
|DENT 6526L||Orthodontics I Laboratory||2|
|DENT 6527||Pharmacology and Therapeutics I||2|
|DENT 6556||Radiographic Interpretation||1|
|DENT 6595||Introduction To Implant Dentistry||1|
|DENT 6537||Oral Oncology||0.5|
|DENT 6566||Bridge Course||2|
|DENT 6501C||Intro to Comprehensive Patient Care||8|
|DENT 6558C||Treatment Planning I||1|
|DENT 6312||Dental Behavioral Science I||1|
|DENT 6318||Dental Biomaterials||1|
|DENT 6502||Grand Rounds I||1|
|DENT 6515||Periodontics II||1|
|DENT 6518||Transitions: Introduction to the Profession & Practice of Dentistry V||1|
|DENT 6521||Oral Surgery II Lecture||1|
|DENT 6524||Principles of Oral Medicine and Diagnosis||1|
|DENT 6538||Orthodontics II||1|
|DENT 6509C||Comprehensive Patient Care I||8|
|DENT 6531C||Oral Diagnosis Clinical I||1|
|DENT 6591C||Professional Development I||1|
|DENT 6411||Operative Dentistry III Lecture||1|
|DENT 6520||Transitions: Introduction to the Profession & Practice of Dentistry VI||1|
|DENT 6522||Oral Surgery Lecture III||1|
|DENT 6534||Advanced Predoctoral Prosthodontics||1|
|DENT 6559||Diagnosis and Management of Orofacial Pain||1|
|DENT 6564||Pharmacology and Therapeutics II||2|
|DENT 6602||Grand Rounds II||1|
|DENT 6633||Introduction To Dental Public Health||1|
|DENT 6634||Community-Based Dental Education (CODE) I||1|
|DENT 6510C||Comprehensive Patient Care II||4|
|DENT 6521C||Periodontics Clinical I||1|
|DENT 6542C||Operative Dentistry Clinical I||1|
|DENT 6551CR||Oral Surgery Clinical||2|
|DENT 6592C||Professional Development II||1|
|DENT 6606C||Pediatric Dentistry Clinical I||1|
|DENT 6636C||Oral Radiology Clinical||1|
|DENT 6613||Periodontal Treatment Planning||1|
|DENT 6617||Pediatric Dentistry Seminar||0.5|
|DENT 6650||Applied Ethics||0.5|
|DENT 6593C||Professional Development III||1|
|DENT 6609C||Comprehensive Patient Care III||8|
|DENT 6429||Dental Behavioral Science II||1|
|DENT 6514||Pathology III Lecture||1|
|DENT 6603||Grand Rounds III||1|
|DENT 6614||Dentistry For The Special Patient||2|
|DENT 6615||Transitions: Introduction to the Profession & Practice of Dentistry VII||1|
|DENT 6626||Clinical Treatment Planning||1|
|DENT 6635||Community-Based Dental Education (CODE) II||1|
|DENT 6607C||Pediatric Dentistry Clinical II||1|
|DENT 6610C||Comprehensive Patient Care Iv||5|
|DENT 6691C||Professional Development IV||1|
|DENT 6600||Review Of Clinical Dentistry||1|
|DENT 6604||Grand Rounds IV||1|
|DENT 6605||Review Of Clinical Dentistry II||0.5|
|DENT 6562C||Removable Prosthodontics Clinical||1|
|DENT 6601C||Endodontics Clinical||2|
|DENT 6608C||Pediatric Dentistry Clinical III||1|
|DENT 6611C||Fixed Prosthodontics Clinical I||1|
|DENT 6614C||Comprehensive Patient Care V||10|
|DENT 6621C||Periodontics Clinical II||1|
|DENT 6625||Oral Surgery Clinical II||1|
|DENT 6642C||Operative Dentistry Clinical II||1|
|DENT 6656C||Orthodontic Clinical I||1|
|DENT 6692C||Professional Development V||1|
Total Credits: 192