Doctor of Dental Medicine, DMD

The four-year DMD program and curriculum at Penn Dental Medicine not only reflects a strong commitment to developing knowledge and skills in both oral science and oral health care, but also offers the flexibility for students to tailor their education to their interests. As one of 12 schools within the larger urban campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Dental Medicine is uniquely positioned to provide a depth of opportunities for interdisciplinary study across other professional disciplines. Here, students find an education that builds excellence in dental medicine by encouraging individual interests and strengths to flourish and grow.


First Year

The first year of the curriculum introduces students to the concepts of human biology as they pertain to medicine in general and to dental medicine in particular. The curriculum reflects an emphasis on integration of scientific information by grouping courses into integrative course streams rather than discipline specific courses. This includes studies relating to the principles of oral disease prevention, patient management, and physical examination. A major segment of the curriculum focuses on the structure and function of oral tissues and contiguous structures. During this time, students will also begin an integrated preclinical course in restorative dentistry combining several disciplines (e.g., dental anatomy and occlusion, operative dentistry and dental materials), including extensive use of the School’s Virtual Reality Laboratory. Clinical experiences begin upon entry into the DMD program and increase with each succeeding year. In the first year, students begin clinical rotations in oral medicine, periodontics, health promotion, radiology, and hospital dentistry. Additionally, students will assist upperclassmen on the clinic floor as part of the DRAUT first year course.

First Year Courses
DENT 500Foundation Sciences I4.25
DENT 502Foundation Sciences II4.75
DENT 504Foundation Sciences III3.5
DENT 506Foundation Sciences Iv3.5
DENT 510Biological Systems I4.25
DENT 512Biological Systems II4.0
DENT 514Biological Systems III4.0
DENT 516Biological Systems Iv3.0
DENT 530Advanced Simulation0.5
DENT 532Dental Devel.& Anatomy2.5
DENT 534Intro. To Occlusion2.0
DENT 536Operative Dent. Lecture1.5
DENT 538Operative Dent. Lab3.25
DENT 539Dental Materials1.25
DENT 540Periodontics I1.75
DENT 550Behav Sci I-Health Promo2.0
DENT 552Ethics I0.5
DENT 560Intro To the Patient5.0
DENT 562Clinial Prac II - Dau3.75
DENT 564Intro To Clinical Dent I0.25

Second Year

The second-year curriculum is applied to understanding the pathology of the oral cavity and the principles of diagnosis and treatment. The curriculum includes fundamental courses in pathology (an integration of general and oral pathology), pharmacology, and principles of medicine. The preclinical restorative dentistry course is a continuation of the program offered in the first year and focuses on prosthetic therapy; it also includes additional rotations in the Virtual Reality Laboratory. Other didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences are initiated in anesthesia and pain control, community health, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics. A course entitled “Introduction to Clinical Dentistry” is offered in the second year; the purpose is to facilitate the transition from the classroom to the clinic by allowing students to observe and practice the provision of services in various clinical departments. Beginning in October, afternoons are set aside for courses in the Selectives Program.

Second Year Courses
DENT 610Biological Systems V5.75
DENT 612Biological Systems Vi4.0
DENT 614Biological Systems Vii1.25
DENT 616Biological Systems Viii2.0
DENT 620Oral & Maxil Complex I3.0
DENT 622Oral & Maxil Complex II1.75
DENT 624Oral & Maxil Complex III3.75
DENT 630Fixed Prosthodontics Lec3.0
DENT 631Fixed Prosthodontics Lab3.75
DENT 632Complete Rem Dent Pros L2.25
DENT 633Complete Rem Dent Pros B2.75
DENT 634Partial Rem Dent Pros Lb1.75
DENT 640Periodontics II Lec/Lab2.5
DENT 650Local,Public Hlth,Ethic1.75
DENT 652Ethics II0.5
DENT 654Behavioral Management1.0
DENT 662Clinical Prac III-Dau3.25
DENT 664Intro To Clin Dent II2.25
DENT 670Endodontics Lecture3.75
DENT 672Endodontics Lab1.5
DENT 680Orthodontics2.25
DENT 682Adjunctive Ortho Lec/Lab1.25

Third Year

Students begin to function as dental practitioners during their third year. Didactic courses provide a deeper and more sophisticated foundation of knowledge in the clinical disciplines. However, the bulk of the third year is spent providing general patient care in a variety of settings. This includes assignments to Primary Care Units in the general clinic and rotations in various specialty clinics. In addition, students provide patient screenings and education in community-based dental health programs at schools, health fairs, geriatric centers, and homes for disabled persons. Third-year students also participate in the Selectives Program.

Third Year Courses
DPED 704Pediatric Dentistry L/B2.75
DCOH 708Health Promotion S0.5
DCOH 712Community Oral Health0.5
DRST 740Restorative Dentistry L4.75
DRST 741Comprehensive Care C Fal4.0
DRST 742Restorative Dentistry SP4.0
DPED 751Pediatric Dentistry Clin1.25
DENT 752Ethics III0.25
DORT 753Orthodontics II1.75
DEND 756Endodontics Clinic2.75
DOMD 760Oral Medicine L1.25
DOMD 761Admissions and Emergency1.5
DOMD 764Od&E Medical Clerkship1.0
DOSP 770Oral Surgery L2.25
DOSP 772Oral Surgery Clinic1.0
DRAD 777Radiology Clinic/Seminar0.75
DPRD 780Periodontics L2.0
DPRD 781Periodontics Clinic5.25
DCOH 785Practice Management0.25
DORT 788P and I Clinic0.75
DRST 789Clinical Seminar1.25
DENT 790Multidisciplinary Seminar1.25

Fourth Year

The fourth-year curriculum continues to expand the intellectual and clinical experiences of students, including a two-week hospital externship. Students continue to attend PCU clinical seminars in which they present clinical cases where the integration of knowledge, skills, and values is emphasized. Coursework is designed to augment the basic knowledge in the first three years. By graduation, students will have demonstrated the competence, confidence, and maturity to qualify as safe, beginning independent general dental practitioners.

Fourth Year Courses
DORT 803Adjunctive Orthodontics0.5
DCOH 808Health Promotion1.0
DCOH 812Community Oral Health1.25
DRST 841Comprehensive Care C14.0
DPED 851Pediatric Dentistry Clinic1.25
DEND 856The Endodontic Clinic2.0
DOMD 861Admissions and Emergency2.5
DOSP 872Oral Surgery Clinic2.0
DPRD 881Periodontics Clinic5.0
DOMD 887Hospital Assignment6.25
DRST 889Clinical Seminar1.25


The Penn Dental Medicine’s Selectives Program enhances the predoctoral curriculum by allowing students to individualize their education to reflect their own professional interests. Selectives are offered from October to June each year, and includes didactic, clinical, community dental health service, and research opportunities. Many Selectives occur in small group seminars or individualized settings that promote close student-faculty interactions.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.