NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

College of Dental Medicine—Predoctoral Program 487 and hard tissues. A student must also possess the visual acuity to read charts, records, radiographs, diagnostic images, small print, and handwritten notation. Tactile Candidates and students must have sufficient tactile ability for physical assessment. Dental medicine students must be able to deliver appropriate treatment using high technology equipment, such as dental drills and surgical instruments. The student must be able to use tactile senses to diagnose directly by palpation and indirectly by sensations transmitted through instruments. Examples include, but are not limited to, detection of dental hard and soft tissue conditions, use of hand instruments, and performance of palpation for purposes of intra and extra oral exam. Sensory Dental medicine students must be able to acquire information through demonstrations and experiences in basic science and dental science courses. This information includes, but is not limited to, information conveyed through a variety of mechanisms, such as microscopic images of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states, demonstration and skill exercises of techniques using dental models, etc. A student must be able to acquire information from written documents and to evaluate information presented as images from digital platforms, paper, films, slides, or video. A student must be able to benefit from electronic and other instrumentation that enhances visual, auditory, and somatic sensations needed for examination or treatment. Behavioral and Social Attributes Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the ability to take responsibility for their own actions—with respect to policies, protocols, and process—with students, faculty and staff members, patients, patient surrogates, and administration during the student’s educational program; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with the patients. Candidates and students must be able to physically tolerate taxing workloads, to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, diversity, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and during the students’ education process. Predoctoral Program Admissions Requirements NSU’s College of Dental Medicine selects students based on preprofessional academic performance, Dental College Admission Test (DAT) scores, personal interview, written application, and letters of evaluation. 1. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework at a regionally accredited college or university. Not more than 60 semester hours from community or junior college will be applied to the 90-semester hour minimum. 2. Students should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In addition, students should have a science grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students must have earned a grade of 2.0 or better in each of the following required courses: • Biology with lab (8 semester hours) • Chemistry with lab (8 semester hours) • Organic chemistry with lab (8 semester hours) • Physics with lab (8 semester hours) • Biochemistry (3 semester hours) • Microbiology (3 semester hours) • English (6 semester hours) Suggested Additional Preparation Courses should be selected to give students as broad and liberal an education as possible. However, applicants are encouraged to take these specific upper division courses in advanced sciences: anatomy, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, histology, genetics, and immunology. Upon review of a student’s individual record, the Committee on Admissions may require additional coursework and testing

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