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    Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog 
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog

Doctor of Dental Medicine

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Program Overview

The Dental College of Georgia (DCG) at Augusta University offers a four-year program leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. The dental curriculum consists 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 Contact
Joseph Vitolo, DMD, MS, PhD
Program Accreditation

The program in Doctor of Dental Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

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.

Program Information
Program Length: 4 Years
CIP Code: 51.0401
Program Code: DMD_DENT
Major Code: DENT

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Degree Requirements: 282 Hours

Total Hours for the Degree: 282 Hours

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