Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)

Launch your dental career

No matter what your professional goals are, the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry will prepare you for a successful career in dentistry. As a student here, you’ll learn from world-renowned faculty, many of whom literally wrote the book on dentistry. You’ll hone your patient-care skills in the state-of-the-art Fritts Clinical Care Center, which opened in 2018. And you’ll have myriad opportunities to enrich your education by conducting research, participating in community-based and service learning experiences, and leading student organizations.

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Learning outcomes

As a graduate of the D.D.S. program, you will be competent in:

  • Patient assessment, diagnosis, and referral
  • Treatment planning
  • Communicating and collaborating with individuals and groups to prevent oral disease and to promote oral and general health in the community
  • Control of pain and anxiety, clinical pharmacology, and management of related problems, including prescribing practices and substance use disorders
  • Prevention and management of dental and medical emergencies
  • Detection, diagnosis, risk assessment, prevention, and management of dental caries
  • Diagnosis and restoration of defective teeth to form, function, and esthetics
  • Replacement of teeth, including fixed, removable, and dental implant prosthodontic therapies
  • Diagnosis and management of periodontal disorders
  • Prevention, diagnosis and management of pulpal and periradicular diseases
  • Diagnosis and management of oral mucosal and osseous disorders
  • Collecting and assessing diagnostic information to plan for and perform uncomplicated oral surgical procedures
  • Recognizing and diagnosing malocclusion and space management needs
  • Discerning and managing ethical issues and problems in dental practice
  • Understanding and applying of the appropriate codes, rules, laws, and regulations that govern dental practice
  • Behavioral patient management and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding the fundamental elements of managing a dental practice
  • Performing and supervising infection control procedures to prevent transmission of infectious diseases to patients, the dentist, the staff, and dental laboratory technicians
  • Providing evidence-based patient care in which you access, critically evaluate, and communicate scientific and lay literature, incorporating efficacious procedures with consideration of patient needs and preferences
  • Recognizing the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment to maintain competency

How to apply

You will submit your application to the School of Dentistry through the American Dental Education Association’s Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS). You also must complete the IUPUI Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application and pay a $75 nonrefundable application fee.

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Financial aid

D.D.S. students are eligible for several forms of federal financial aid, including Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, Health Professions Student Loans, Loans for Disadvantaged Students, and National Health Service Corps scholarships and loan repayment.

Another option is service-based scholarships, which cover tuition, fees, and a monthly stipend for students who agree to provide dentistry services to members of the U.S. military or in underserved areas of the U.S. or U.S. territories after graduation.

In addition, the School of Dentistry offers a number of donor-funded scholarships.

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Meet the class of 2027

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