Students will be enrolled for one academic year beginning the third week in August. The curriculum is divided into five subject areas as follows:
- General Studies (psychology, communications); * Biomedical Sciences (anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition);
- Dental Sciences (dental anatomy, oral pathology, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and dental radiology;
- Dental Assisting (introduction to dentistry and dental assisting, practice management, dental emergencies, dental laboratory techniques); and
- Clinical Practice (supervised clinical experience in all general and specialty clinics at the School of Dentistry, the Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital and private dental offices).
The Dental Assisting Program maintains modern classroom and clinical facilities and dental science faculty from the School of Dentistry provide a major portion of the instruction for the dental assisting students. When students reach a satisfactory level of competency in their basic clinical skills, they are assigned on a rotation schedule to the general and specialty clinics where they have the opportunity to assist dental students and develop proficiency in chairside assisting procedures.