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    Jun 17, 2024  
2019-2020 Augusta University Catalog 
2019-2020 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Dental Medicine

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Program Overview

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University offers a four-year program leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. The dental curriculum consist of courses in oral biology, clinical sciences, behavioral sciences and management. An Augusta University dental education emphasizes early exposure to patients. Students begin treating patients as early as sophomore year, enjoying a seamless transition from lecture halls and laboratories to clinics. As they master new skills they practice them in the clinic, closely supervised by caring, committed faculty. The fourth year of education is devoted almost solely to patient care. Senior students also practice their skills in clinics and facilities throughout the state.

For more information on the Doctor of Dental Medicine with a Distinction in Research click here .

Program Coordinator
Joseph Vitolo, DMD, MS, PhD
Admissions Information

Please see the Office of Students, Admissions, and Alumni website for specific admissions information. For additional information concerning the DMD admission requirements or application process, please contact the Office of Admissions, Dental College of Georgia at 706-721-3587 or write to:

Office of Students, Admissions, and Alumni
Dental College of Georgia
Augusta University, GC 5024
Augusta, GA 30912-1020
Fax: 706-723-0233

Progression & Graduation Requirements

The DCG measures student performance in many ways throughout the DMD curriculum with the goal of educating well‐rounded, competent dentists. The curriculum begins with foundational knowledge in basic sciences and clinical reasoning and skills. As the curriculum progresses, it moves into the formative stages and then practice, finally culminating in achievement of overall competence. Overall Competency is the moment when a student is deemed to have the knowledge, skills, and ability to operate independently as an entry‐level dentist. Overall competency at the DCG is achieved when a student:

  • passes all competency components,
  • completes comprehensive care for patients reflecting a body of acceptable clinical activity,
  • exhibits acceptable ethical and professional behavior/exhibiting the values of a health professional, and
  • completes clinical experiences.

A Comprehensive Care Faculty Review Committee reviews individual student’s overall performance and can make exceptions to (item no. 4) so students are not prevented from graduating based strictly on a “number of clinical experiences” aspect. This also means that completing the historical average number of experiences does not guarantee competence. The quality factor is determined by the Comprehensive Care Faculty Review Committee. This same committee reviews the factors above and deems achievement for overall competency. It should also be noted that overall competency does not guarantee completion of the DMD degree; academic criteria must be met as well.

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Degree Requirements: 288 Hours

Elective Options: Hours

  1. NBDE Prep (Required for at-risk students) Includes DPAT 5004, DPHM 5003, PEDD 5002, PERI 5004, etc.
  2. Research/EBD (option for students with prior research experience who don’t require choice 1)
  3. Clinical Elective: Dental Specialty or Advanced program externship (for students who don’t require choice 1)

Total Hours for the Degree: 288 Hours

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