Department of Dental Sciences
The Department of Dental Sciences administers the Idaho Dental Education Program (IDEP) for predoctoral dental students and the Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Residency (IAGD) as a postdoctoral program.
The Department of Dental Science cooperates with the Creighton University Boyne School of Dentistry and basic science departments at Idaho State University in offering the first year of dental education through the Dental Sciences Department. Students then spend their second, third, and fourth years at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Idaho Dental Education Program is designed to provide residents of Idaho with access to high quality dental education as if Idaho had its own dental school. The IDEP program is fully accredited as a Satellite Program of Creighton University School of Dentistry by the American Dental Association. The program involves a first year curriculum at Idaho State University in Pocatello, followed by completion of the second through fourth years at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Students completing the four year program receive the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree and are eligible to take the licensure examinations necessary to become practicing dentists. Students may also elect to pursue advanced training through residencies or specialty programs, eventually becoming board certified in one of the recognized dental specialties.
There are eight positions available for Idaho residents. Applicants to the program must have completed the necessary prerequisites in English, Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and other requirements as outlined on the Department of Dental Sciences’ web site (http://www.isu.edu/departments/dentsci/). In addition to fulfilling the minimal prerequisites, most students accepted into the program will have a bachelor’s degree at the time of entry into IDEP. Occasionally, some exceptional students who have completed the junior level (upper division) of college course work are admitted into the program.
Students are encouraged to work closely with their pre-dental academic advisor in making course selections which fulfill dental school and degree completion requirements.
Formal application for admission to the IDEP program follows the guidelines outlined in the Department of Dental Sciences’ web site and the Creighton University School of Dentistry Bulletin. The application process involves: taking the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), completion of the American Dental Education Association Application Service centralized application, the Creighton Supplemental Application, and the IDEP Residency Certification Form. Early application is strongly encouraged to allow adequate time for completion of admission requirements and consideration by the admissions committee. Students may apply the summer prior to anticipated entry into the program. The selection process is normally completed in December prior to the year of program entry.
Further information concerning the program, admission requirements, and Residency Certification forms can be obtained by contacting the program at the following address:
Department of Dental Sciences
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8088
Pocatello ID 83209-8088
Phone: (208) 282-3289
Idaho Dental Education Program
Required Basic Sciences Courses
|BIOL 4400||Oral Histology and Embryology||3|
|BIOL 4400L||Oral History and Embryology Lab||0|
|BIOL 4419||Mammalian Histology||4|
|BIOL 4419L||Mammalian Histology Lab||0|
|BIOL 4440||Human Gross Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 4440L||Human Gross Anatomy Lab||0|
|BIOL 4450||Head and Neck Anatomy||3|
|BIOL 4450L||Head and Neck Anatomy Lab||0|
|BIOL 4464||Lectures in Human Physiology||4|
Required Dental Sciences Courses
|IDEP 4413||Dental Anatomy Lecture I||1|
|IDEP 4414||Dental Anatomy Laboratory||3|
|IDEP 4415||Dental Materials Science I||2|
|IDEP 4417||Interpersonal Relationships and Communication||1|
|IDEP 4423||Preventative Dentistry||2|
|IDEP 4425||History of Dentistry||1|
|IDEP 4426||Community Dentistry Field Experience||1|
|IDEP 4433||Oral Hygiene Technique||1|
|IDEP 4434||Dental Materials Science II||3|
|IDEP 4435||Occlusion Laboratory||1|
|IDEP 4444||Values and Ethics||1|
|IDEP 4454||Occlusion Lecture||1|
|IDEP 4463||Dental Radiology I||1|
|IDEP 4464||Dental Radiology Technique||1|
|IDEP 4465||Dental Radiology II||1|
|NTD 4495||Dental Nutrition||1|
Optional Dental Sciences Courses
|IDEP 6617 - Education Program *||2|
See Graduate Catalog for course information.
How to Read Course Descriptions
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The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
IDEP 4413 Dental Anatomy Lecture I: 1 semester hour.
Nomenclature, chronology and methods of designation of human teeth. Form, size and contour of the teeth, including external and internal anatomy of the permanent and deciduous dentitions, intertooth relations and occlusion. F
IDEP 4414 Dental Anatomy Laboratory: 3 semester hours.
Carving of plaster teeth larger than average measurements and carving of wax teeth to natural size. Mounting of study casts on a functional articulator and waxing of teeth in occlusion. F
IDEP 4415 Dental Materials Science I: 2 semester hours.
Composition, properties and application of the materials used in dentistry. Basic information on the design of preparatory work necessary for the mouth incident to the reception of these materials. F
IDEP 4417 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication: 1 semester hour.
To assist their orientation and adjustment to professional education, freshmen will participate in group introductions followed by a discussion on interpersonal relationships and communication in general, relationships with classmates, administrators, faculty, and staff; dealing with stress; and establishing study habits. Graded S/U. F
IDEP 4423 Preventative Dentistry: 2 semester hours.
Introducing the philosophy and need for preventive dentistry by developing the student's knowledge of and skills for effective oral hygiene. Concepts of self motivation, knowledge of dental diseases and abnormalities; application of the principles of fluoridation, nutrition, patient motivation, and home care. F
IDEP 4425 History of Dentistry: 1 semester hour.
To acquaint the study with the history of dentistry from ancient times to present, emphasis is placed upon contributions by individuals and groups of individuals leading to the current status of dentistry in the United States. Graded S/U. F
IDEP 4426 Community Dentistry Field Experience: 1 semester hour.
Designed to acquaint students with area health problems and with area health services and agencies. Field experience is gained during dental health and/or career presentations in public schools. To provide a variety of experiences, visits are made, for example, to the chronically ill, aged, or handicapped; to water purification facilities; to Indian groups. S
IDEP 4433 Oral Hygiene Technique: 1 semester hour.
Introduction to the instruments and their usage in performing a complete scaling prophylaxis of the teeth. Periodontal charting and instrument sharpening techniques are also performed. Didactic, laboratory, and clinical introduction. S
IDEP 4434 Dental Materials Science II: 3 semester hours.
IDEP 4435 Occlusion Laboratory: 1 semester hour.
Various exercises simulating clinical diagnostic and treatment procedures are employed to exemplify principles of maxillomandibular relationships. S
IDEP 4444 Values and Ethics: 1 semester hour.
Designed to identify and understand one's own ethical decision-making processes and the relationship of religion with values and ethics. Students will discuss the areas of value of care for people as individuals, challenges of personal and professional opportunities, code of ethics of the A.D.A. and dental care delivery systems. Graded S/U. F
IDEP 4454 Occlusion Lecture: 1 semester hour.
Basic principles of maxillomandibular relationships, static and functional, as related to the occlusal surfaces of the teeth. S
IDEP 4463 Dental Radiology I: 1 semester hour.
History, theory and application of ionizing radiation resulting in radiography of the oral structures; including exposure and developing parameters along with basic interpretation. S
IDEP 4464 Dental Radiology Technique: 1 semester hour.
Practical experience in exposing and developing dental radiographs. The course will include techniques required to complete a diagnostic full mouth series, bitewing films and panoramic radiographs. COREQ: IDEP 4463. S
Chair, IAGD Program Director, and Associate Professor
IDEP Director and Adjunct Instructor