510 College of Dental Medicine by providing specialized knowledge in business with 10 available concentration areas. The dual-degree track is available to all predoctoral students who are academically in good standing, have successfully completed their D1 year, and have permission from the dean of the College of Dental Medicine. Students may contact the HCBE program representative for details on this program. Completion of the M.B.A. may require 6–12 months of additional study beyond the four-year D.M.D. program. Research The NSU College of Dental Medicine’s research vision is to provide an infrastructure that fosters innovation, development, advancement, and dissemination of oral and craniofacial health sciences knowledge and related fields to benefit society. The college’s research program strives to advance our academic growth and scientific reputation and presence through interdisciplinary research and the integration of basic, clinical, translational, public health, and educational research. CDM strives to be a global leader in research and education by collaborating and sharing information with other units within the university and other university, federal, and private organizations, as well as by enhancing our facilities and recruiting distinguished faculty members. Its goal is to develop and sustain a research program of distinction by engaging faculty and staff members and students in research. Research efforts are directed toward meeting the needs of the health sciences community, the underserved and special care populations, and the public at large. Current research at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine is focused around biomaterials, craniofacial anomalies and biology, evaluation of emerging therapeutics, regenerative medicine bioscience, epidemiology, and health services. The college’s full-time research faculty members have degrees that include D.D.S.s, D.M.D.s, and Ph.D.s. The international experience and reputation of the college’s faculty members and the opportunities for research exchange add strength and diversity to the research program. Predoctoral Student Research Program Opportunities exist for predoctoral students to perform or participate in research at CDM. Students showing exceptional performance in basic sciences, laboratory, and clinical dentistry may be eligible to participate in the Predoctoral Student Research Program. Under the supervision of faculty members, these students will gain familiarity with the scientific method and engage in laboratory and clinical research. Predoctoral students seeking research opportunities should follow the Predoctoral Student Research Committee (PSRC) guidelines listed below. Students can perform independent research or participate in ongoing faculty or postgraduate student research. The following are guidelines or criteria to be followed: • The earliest predoctoral students can participate in research is the winter semester of DMD I. • A student must be in good standing, maintain a minimum average grade of B (80), and have a clear, non-grade issue record. • A student must be under the guidance of a faculty adviser at NSU who is experienced in the field of research the student is interested in. • A student must be trained and certified in the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Course in the Protection of Human Subjects. Additional compliance courses may be required depending on the research project. • A student involved in independent research, assisting postgraduate residents, or ongoing faculty research projects must submit an application for eligibility and must have PSRC approval. Predoctoral Honors Clinical Participation Program Students with exceptional academic records may be eligible for special clinical experiences in the third and fourth years of predoctoral study in endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Selection of such participants will be at the discretion of the department chairperson and the CDM Office of Academic Affairs.