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Glendale, AZ Campus

Clinical Education

College of Dental Medicine-Arizona

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Course Name

DENT 1512, 1522, 1533, 1614, 1625, 1636

Oral Health Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VI

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These continuously running didactic courses take the student from dental morphology and occlusion and through basic to advanced clinical dentistry of operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics (including principles and applications of CAD/CAM and implant dentistry), rotary endodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, oral medicine, periodontics, orthodontics, and temporomandibular function and dysfunction. The courses are organized into tooth systems. Each system integrates such topics as growth and development, cariology, radiology, oral pathology, and dental material science into its core while continuously utilizing a case-based, evidenced-based approach from a patient perspective.

Credits: DENT 1512 - 2.0 credits; DENT 1522 - 2.5 credits; DENT 1533 - 2.5 credits; DENT 1614 - 8.0 credits; DENT 1625 - 9.5 credits; DENT 1636 - 9.5 credits

DENT 1512L, 1522L, 1533L, 1614L, 1625L, 1636L

Oral Health Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VI Lab

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These continuously running laboratory courses, which are simulation clinic modules, take the student from dental morphology and occlusion and through basic to advanced clinical dentistry in operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics (including design and fabrication of CAD/CAM restorations and implant placement and restoration), rotary endodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, oral medicine, periodontics, orthodontics and temporomandibular function and dysfunction introducing therapeutic appliance diagnosis and fabrication. The courses are organized into tooth systems. Each system integrates such topics as growth and development, cariology, radiology, and dental material science into the core of restorative procedures from pediatric to geriatric patients. Simulated clinical competencies integrate radiographic diagnosis, basic science, and treatment planning in conjunction with typical psychomotor skills to enhance the comprehensive preclinical learning experience.

Credits: DENT 1512L - 2 credits; DENT 1522L - 2 credits; DENT 1533 L - 2 credits; DENT 1614L - 7 credits; DENT 1625L - 7.0 credits; DENT 1636L - 7.5 credits

DENT 1617, 1627, 1639

Clinical Case Studies I, II, III

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This seminar series allows the dental students to participate in treatment planning options for complex dental cases and requires them to work up primary and alternative treatment plans for complex patients likely to be seen in a general practice, and present the plans to their faculty mentors in a case presentation format. The concepts used by the Western Regional Examination Board format for Patient Assessment and Treatment Planning are introduced. This course runs for three quarters during the second-year curriculum where cases will become increasingly more challenging.

Credits: 1.5 credits each

DENT 1637, 1721

Anesthesia, I, II

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Anesthesia I covers the anatomy, medical considerations, pharmacology, techniques, and complications of local anesthesia in dental practice. Anesthesia II covers nitrous oxide administration; oral, IM, IV, and conscious sedation; general anesthesia; and emergency management. Clinical experiences occur in subsequent clinical courses.

Credits: 1 credit each

DENT 1638

Medical Emergencies

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This course covers the management of medical emergencies likely to be seen in a dental office.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1722, 1733

Clinical Reviews I, II

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These courses provide a comprehensive review of the major clinical disciplines in dentistry, reinforce previous preclinical instruction and learning, prepare students to deliver comprehensive patient care, and provide a basis and structure for study review for the National Board Dental Examination, Part 2.

Credits: 2 credits each

DENT 1726

Special Needs

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Recognizing the unique dental and medical needs of patients who are medically compromised or have mental or physical limitations, this course helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed to render comprehensive oral health care to this population. Students gain an understanding of the complexities of compromises and limitations, learn about adaptive devices and management techniques, and study the role of dentistry in total patient care while learning to manage patients with medical and physical disabilities.

Credits: 0.5

DENT 1729, 1735, 1746, 1755

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry I, II, III, IV

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In these courses, third year dental students participate in pediatric dentistry rotations providing dental care services to children. Each student participates 20 days over two years.

Credits: 1 credits each

DENT 1741

Surgical Periodontics General Practice

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This course covers periodontal surgeries commonly performed by general practitioners and periodontists. Topics include evidence-based clinical decision-making; resective, regenerative, and plastic surgical techniques; complications of periodontal surgery; and management and maintenance of the surgical patient.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1745, 1750, 1823, 1833

Practice Management I, II, III, IV

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The Practice Management courses introduce the dental student to the management of the business, financial, and personnel aspects of dental practice. Topics include managing credit, selecting career options and practice locations, initial establishment of an office, financial management, office systems, and insurance, as well as staff recruitment, development, and management.

Credits: DENT 1745, 1823 and 1833 - 1 credit each; DENT 1750 - 2 credits

DENT 1748

Advanced Imaging

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This course includes lectures and small group discussions, complemented by "hands-on" exercises in the clinic and laboratory using patient simulation cone beam computed tomography scans. Students work with simulated cases and learn to reformat large 3Dimesional (3D) volume data. They get familiar with coronal, sagittal, and axial planes and learn to arrange the data in cross-sections for evaluation of the TMJ, implant treatment planning, orthodontics, etc. This course prepares the dental students to acquire cone beam CT scans on patients, interpret 3D images, and learn to manipulate the images by application of implant planning software. A patient simulation model provides a sound didactic background and specific clinical skills required to interpret 3D images to help establish a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and carry out the clinical and laboratory phases in dental treatment.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1753

Advanced Topics Implant Dentistry

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This course covers advanced topics in implantology, including clinical decision-making, implant systems, surgical techniques for implant placement, restorative techniques, implant maintenance, and treatment complications.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1822, 1835, 1844

Clinical Grand Rounds I, II, III

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The course sequence consists of presentation and discussion of complex clinical dental cases. Working in small groups, students will analyze information from a medical history and dental examination findings, and develop an appropriate treatment plan and alternatives, and present and defend their plan to the class and selected faculty members.

Credits: 1 credit each

DENT 1824, 1834, 1843, 1852

DENT 1824, 1834, 1843, 1852 Clinical Service Learning I, II, III, IV

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In these Dental Community Service courses, fourth year dental students participate in off-campus rotations to community-based clinics providing dental care services to underserved populations. Each student participates 20 days over two years.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1851

Advanced Topics

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This course introduces topics not covered in detail in the curriculum, topics typically covered in post-graduation continuing education courses, and late breaking developments in dental practice.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1854

Temporomandibular Dysfunction

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This course introduces the dental student to the diagnosis and management of temporomandibular (TM) disorders. It covers the muscles of mastication, the TM joint, mouth opening, mandibular movements, signs and symptoms of TM disorders, and the construction and use of partial (niti) and full-mouth removable appliances.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 2000

Introduction to Dental Clinic

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This course is the dental student's first major exposure to direct patient care. Working in D3/D4 pairs, with students alternating as operators and assistants, students learn the clinical organization, clinical policies and procedures, the clinic software system, the clinic's equipment, and expectations for patient relations and professionalism, while initiating care under the supervision of a faculty member group leader for a small family of patients assigned to the student pair and shared by them.

Credits: 11.0

DENT 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Patient Care I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII

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In the Patient Care courses, students learn patient-centered oral health care and develop the clinical competencies required for entry to the general practice of dentistry. By providing patient care under the supervision, guidance, and support of the faculty, students enhance their diagnostic, technical, and interpersonal skills. The course emphasizes the importance of these skills in effective, efficient, and compassionate patient care and guides the students toward independent practice by evaluating competence in the delivering specific services, providing high-quality comprehensive care to all patients, maintaining professionalism in the delivery of care, evaluating accurately one's clinical performance, and practicing efficiently and profitably.

Credits: 11.0 credits each

DENT 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Clinical Professionalism, Introduction, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII

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The Clinical Professionalism courses contain no formal class sessions or written examinations. The courses monitor and evaluate students' relationships with their patients and their professional conduct in clinic attendance, patient relations, timeliness and continuity of care, patient record management, administrative matters, and professional conduct. The grading philosophy assumes a professional behavioral norm in which all patient encounters and personal interactions are handled appropriately and professionally. Points are deducted for departures from the norm of excellent patient relations, patient management, or professional conduct.

Credits: 1.5 credits each

DENT 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Clinical Conference I, II, III, IV

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This course sequence in the DM3 year, meeting every two weeks, consists of informational sessions about clinical operations, clinical policies, competency assessments, mock boards, real boards, and other matters or issues arising in the delivery of patient care in a learning environment.

Credits: 0.5 credit each