DDS Program

Where state-of-the-art dental education meets a compassionate approach to patient care. 

There has been a paradigm shift in techniques and modalities for treating patients, and how we practice dentistry. Touro College of Dental Medicine has designed its program to teach the latest techniques and technologies, utilizing the most advanced equipment and instrumentation in the field.

We offer a four-year dental educational program leading to the D.D.S. degree. Our goal is to graduate outstanding dental professionals who will utilize a complex knowledge base, sophisticated perceptual skills, and deliver excellent health care to diverse communities. Our basic and preclinical sciences curriculum - which includes biomedical foundational course work, preclinical dental simulation education, and behavioral science and practice management - combined with our two-year clinical program, lay out the pathway to accomplish this.

Biomedical, Behavioral and Preclinical Sciences

Our curriculum combines biomedical sciences, preclinical dental courses, and behavioral science and practice management to best train tomorrow’s dentists, and is completed on the New York Medical College campus.

Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences

Our biomedical and behavioral curriculum provides a strong foundation for clinical practice, training you to think like a scientist, practice as a clinician and inspire you to go beyond what’s taught in the classroom. Throughout the curriculum we stress the importance of understanding ethical decision making along with good communication skills. Courses are taught from a whole-body perspective by experienced scientists and clinicians.

Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Histology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology are the bulk of the biomedical curriculum. Each of these courses have substantial instruction specifically related to dental practice. Additional coursework in the behavioral sciences include Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Dentistry, Ethics and Professionalism, Practice Management, and Interprofessional Ethics.

Preclinical Dental Sciences

Our preclinical simulation and dental sciences curriculum bridges the gap from classroom to clinic and prepares you for success in the clinic setting. Central to this process is our well-designed dental simulation laboratory.

The curriculum and facility allow our students to learn, and practice, the most up to date, evidence-based dental procedures and techniques. All students utilize digital dental technologies, including dental cone beam CT imaging, learning digital dental workflows, scanning, 3D printing, milling of restorations, along with restoring and placing implants.

Your learning is further enhanced by the availability of digital audio and video content both in real-time, and recorded, from each seat in the lab.

Clinical Practice

Whether in New York or New Mexico, our dental education program is built on a well-designed, well-supported, robust clinical practice.

Our clinical program is focused on exposing you to the broad scope of general dentistry and oral health care, giving you maximum time to improve your skills. You’ll use the latest technology to deliver superior patient care. 

Clinical Facilities in New York and New Mexico

Both our Touro Dental Health Westchester facility and Albuquerque, New Mexico clinical training facility are a state-of-the-art. The facilities have “Clinical Practice Units” pairing D3 and D4 students into two-person clinical practice teams. Each Clinical Practice Unit is staffed and supervised by a full-time clinical practice leader, an assistant clinical practice faculty member, and part-time clinical practice instructors, a dental assistant, and a patient care coordinator. The facility also contains specialty areas for Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Complex Care, and Orthodontics where predoctoral students are trained.

The Best of Dental Patient Care

When applying you will provide your preference as to where you will conduct your clinical training – New York or New Mexico. Whichever location you ultimately are accepted to, you’ll be applying the complex knowledge base and sophisticated perceptual skills you learned in your Valhalla classrooms to diverse populations, and delivering care with integrity, compassion, and empathy. Students completing clinical training at either location receive their degree from New York State.

For almost two full years, you have the benefit of working in teams, sharing the responsibility of being the provider in charge. More experience and exposure means superior clinical skills and confidence.

The clinical education is supported by small-group seminar learning much of which is case-based and taught in an interactive manner along with advanced dental education programs such as Laser Dentistry, Digital Dentistry, and Case-Based Treatment Planning.

International Dentists

If you have a dental degree from outside the US or Canada, you can apply to enter our D.D.S. Program. The International Dentists Program joins our DDS students in the 3rd year of the curriculum, and you will need to complete the 3rd and 4th year curriculum from our DDS program. In only two years of study, you can earn your D.D.S. degree in the US and qualify to take your dental licensure exams to become a practicing dentist in the US.

Touro Dental & New York Medical College

Housed on the campus of New York Medical College, TCDM has access to biomedical science facilities and laboratories, and to the NYMC faculty, with their many years of experience. Our basic and pre-clinical sciences curriculum is closely integrated with medical education.