Nova Southeastern University is the largest independent institution of higher learning in the state of
Florida. It resulted from the merger of Nova University and Southeastern University. The College of
Dental Medicine is the newest of the 6 schools in the
Health Professions Division and was established in
1996. The other health profession schools are the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy,
Optometry, and Allied Health and Medical Sciences.
4-year traditional. First year: The fall semester
includes courses in anatomy, biochemistry, histology,
embryology, periodontics, oral medicine, restorative
dentistry, and dental materials. The spring semester
includes microbiology, immunology, and physiology.
Many of the courses will be taught in didactic lectures, laboratory training, seminars, and conferences.
Second year: The fall semester of 18 weeks will continue studies of restorative dentistry and oral
medicine. Pathology, pharmacology, diagnostic radiology, and dental care systems will be introduced into
the curriculum. The spring semester will include the
following courses: pediatric dentistry, growth and
development, endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and Introduction to Clinical Practice. Third year:
The fall semester includes courses in oral surgery,
emergency medicine, periodontics, and endodontics.
Patient care and patient behavioral techniques will be
enhanced along with development of clinical skills
through clinical practice. The spring semester
consists of clinical practice and oral medicine, periodontics, practice management, and community
dentistry. Fourth year: The fall and spring semesters
will be devoted to expanding clinical expertise in
patient care of a variety of individuals. Remaining
didactic courses will include optional academic and
The College of Dental Medicine encourages the
application of qualified minority applicants and is
committed to a policy of nondiscrimination.
A minimum of 90 semester hours are required and no
more than 60 of which will be accepted from a community or junior college in meeting this prerequisite.
The basic predental science courses are also necessary. Zoology or microbiology can be substituted for
general biology. The required science courses must
be completed with a C (2.0) or better grade. Courses
in English composition and literature are also
required. Additional recommended courses are
anatomy, immunology, histology, biochemistry, physiology, principles of management, accounting,
communication, art, sculpture, foreign languages, and
social sciences. The overall GPA of the applicant
should be C+ (2.5) or better. Transfer and advanced
standing: A limited number will be considered.
The College of Dental Medicine is located in a complex of 8 buildings that house all of the colleges of
the Health Professions Division. The major structures
include a 5-story Administration Building and
Assembly Building containing 2 auditoriums and 8
classrooms. All of the clinic, research, and basic science laboratories for all of the colleges, along with
the library, are located in the library/laboratory building. The main dental studies building houses 100
operatories, 4 surgical as well as 4 oral surgery areas,
emergency rooms, and radiology operatories. Specialty care units and offices and classrooms are also
in the building.