Doctor of Dental Surgery, D.D.S.

UNC Adams School of Dentistry

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385 South Columbia St., CB# 7450, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

Academic Affairs: (919) 537-3347

Scott S. De Rossi, Dean and Professor

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry offers a four-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program to produce dental practitioners who are qualified to enter general dental practice, dental research, teaching, public service, or postdoctoral programs, including graduate programs in various dental specialties. The school is interested in recruiting students who are willing to accept professional responsibilities in their communities; to participate in professional activities; and to pursue a lifetime of learning to enhance their delivery of effective patient care and service to the profession and the public. There is not sufficient space in the dental school to admit all students who meet the quantitative and qualitative standards. For this reason, the quality of the student’s undergraduate work is of great importance in selection for admission, as well as motivation to pursue a career in dentistry.

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Post Certificate

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Admissions

The D.D.S. admissions process at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry is dedicated to selecting and enrolling students to study dentistry and to provide qualified dental practitioners to the State of North Carolina and beyond. The process does not discriminate against candidates based on race, ethnicity, creed, color, socioeconomic levels, political persuasion, or sexual preference. 

Admission Requirements

Students preparing for the study of dentistry are encouraged to complete a residential four-year curriculum leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree. Students not pursuing a degree must complete a predoctoral program of at least three years of accredited college courses (96 semester hours or 144 quarter hours). The UNC Adams School of Dentistry will accept a maximum of 64 semester hours of credit from an accredited community, technical, or online college or university. Any community, technical, or online college or university courses submitted for credit must be acceptable to the UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions. However, students who have 64 hours of credit from a community, technical, or online college or university must complete all additional course work at an accredited residential four-year college or university. See the course descriptions in the prerequisites table below by clicking on the course abbreviations (e.g., BIOL 101). The prerequisite courses (required predental courses) must be completed prior to admission (preferably on-site at a residential four-year college or university). Undergraduate students attending a school other than UNC–Chapel Hill should use this catalog as a guide for completing the prerequisite courses. Required courses not completed at an accredited four-year institution must be transferable to UNC–Chapel Hill as equivalent courses.

Prerequisites

Biology
The basic requirement is eight semester hours (two courses, laboratories required, one laboratory must include dissection, one of which must be human anatomy or vertebrate zoology with a laboratory).8
Principles of Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory H
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, H
Evolution of Vertebrate Life
and Vertebrate Structure and Evolution Laboratory 1, H
Chemistry
The basic requirements are eight semester hours of general chemistry (two courses, laboratory required), six semester hours of organic chemistry (two courses, laboratory not required) and three semester hours of biochemistry (laboratory not required). 17
General Descriptive Chemistry I
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I
General Descriptive Chemistry II
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II H
Introduction to Organic Chemistry I H
Introduction to Organic Chemistry II H
Introduction to Biological Chemistry H
Physics
The requirement is two college-level courses of non-calculus-based physics that will cover basic principles of physics relevant to living things.8
General Physics I: For Students of the Life Sciences 2
General Physics II: For Students of the Life Sciences 2
English
The basic requirement is six semester hours (or courses required for a degree from an accredited college or university).6
Total Hours39
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Additional Preparation

Prospective dental students should consider the following recommendations when preparing for the dental school admissions process.
 
Both the development of a strong preclinical science knowledge and a broad exploration of the liberal arts are valued in our applicants. Courses in art, biostatistics, business, communication/public speaking, compositional writing, computer science, English, ethics, foreign languages, immunology, literature, microbiology, molecular biology, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and/or statistics should be considered. 
 
Experiences in functioning as part of a team are critical in the health professions. Prospective students should demonstrate the ability to function as both a leader and a productive team member.
 
We want our students to be able to work with diverse populations. Experiences working in or with diverse groups of people is suggested.
 
Exploration of dentistry through shadowing is important in informing perspective and confirming interest in the profession. While no minimum number of shadowing hours is required, we strongly recommend that applicants thoroughly explore the dental field with a strong emphasis on the practice of general dentistry. Multiple, long-term experiences are more highly valued than short-term interactions. Local and global experiences are equally valued; the significance of an experience is more important than the location.
 

Dental Admission Test

All students must complete the Dental Admission Test (DAT), conducted by the American Dental Association, before being considered for admission to the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. This test is administered by Prometric Inc. across the country and should be taken in the spring or fall of the year prior to the desired admission date. Applying at the end of the spring semester is encouraged to facilitate early consideration for an interview by the admissions committee. DAT test scores must be valid and may not be more than three years old. During the admissions cycle (June through October), applicants may submit unofficial DAT scores by fax, by email or in person because of the delay associated with reporting official scores to the Office of Admissions and Student Life.

Purpose of the Test

The Dental Admission Testing Program is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. The Dental Admission Testing Program does not endorse any test preparation courses and has no data on the content or efficacy of test preparation courses designed to prepare examinees to take the DAT. The Department of Testing Services urges individuals considering participation in test preparation courses to review the course materials carefully to ensure that they reflect the current content of the DAT. While all dental schools require examinees to participate in the Dental Admission Testing Program, test results are only one factor considered in evaluating admission potential. For more information or to contact the ADA Department of Testing Services, which administers the test, visit the American Dental Association's Dental Admission Test Web site.

Personal Qualifications

While a high level of scholarship and manual dexterity are important criteria for predicting satisfactory achievement in dental school, the personal qualifications of applicants are also critically important. Good moral character is an important prerequisite for entering the dental profession. No school wants to train prospective dentists who lack either the highest ethical standards or a sense of social responsibility.

Selection Factors

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry is committed to maintaining its diverse student body. To that end, individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who have had different experiences and have the potential to contribute to dentistry or dental practice are considered by the admissions committee. The school also strives to admit individuals who will benefit from and contribute to the educational environment and the dental profession and be prepared at graduation to enter a wide range of careers. The school expects applicants to demonstrate the following skills, experiences, or potentials:

• First, an applicant must possess satisfactory academic abilities as evidenced by having successfully completed the prerequisite (required predental) courses and the Dental Admission Test at an acceptable level of performance.

• Second, an applicant should possess psychomotor ability sufficient to perform the necessary technical skills required in dentistry. These skills are evidenced by an acceptable performance on the perceptual ability exam of the Dental Admission Test and by participation in hobbies and other experiences that require psychomotor activity outside of the normal college curriculum. 

• Third, an applicant must demonstrate a service commitment and a desire to help others. This is evidenced by participation in extracurricular and volunteer activities that require interaction with others. A caring attitude is considered central to the practice of dentistry, and the school expects an applicant to demonstrate such an attitude. A predental curriculum designed to expand social awareness and extracurricular experiences demonstrating social sensitivity will be important factors in an application for admission.

• Fourth, an applicant should possess the potential to be a self-directed, lifelong learner. By definition, the dental profession requires a practitioner to learn continually in order to provide the highest level of patient care. This attitude is evidenced by appropriate self-learning activities and other experiences that indicate a high level of independent, intellectual curiosity.

• Fifth, an applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the dental profession. Such knowledge can be obtained from talking with and observing dentists and reading appropriate dental literature. The dental school expects applicants to have a firm grasp of what the dental profession is and what important issues are facing the profession.

Selected applicants are invited to the school for a series of personal interviews with faculty and student members of the admissions committee. An evaluation from the interview combined with the applicant’s academic record, engagement in various activities, and performance on the Dental Admission Test are the basis for the applicant’s consideration for acceptance. Applicants are encouraged to submit any material relating to activities or experiences beneficial to their being considered for admission.

Application Process and Admissions

All inquiries regarding admission and applications should be directed to the Admissions Assistant by calling (919) 537-3348 or by writing to the Office of Admissions and Student Life, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Koury Oral Health Sciences, Suite 3501, 385 S Columbia St., Chapel Hill, N.C., 27599-7450. The school participates in the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), which is sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Applicants are required to file an AADSAS application as well as the School of Dentistry supplemental application.

Supplemental application materials include the supplemental application itself, a nonrefundable application fee, DAT scores, a 2" x 2" passport photo, and the North Carolina residency application for in-state applicants (https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/residencyInfo/). The AADSAS application deadline is Oct. 1. The D.D.S. supplemental application deadline is Oct. 1 for admission to the following year’s class. Applicants are encouraged to file their application several months prior to that date. An email will be sent once ADEA AADSAS has released your application to us. 

Deposit

An applicant accepted for admission must deposit $500 with the University Cashier within 30 days or the number of days designated by the admissions committee. When the applicant registers, the deposit will be credited to the applicant’s account. If the applicant does not register, the deposit will be forfeited. There is no refund of a deposit. Acceptance to the D.D.S. program is provisional based on satisfactory completion of further requirements, including, but not limited to, background checks.

Personal Interview

A personal interview with faculty and student members of the admissions committee is required. This interview is by invitation only and is scheduled after the application has been reviewed. A representative from the Office of Admissions and Student Life is pleased to consult with prospective students to provide guidance in the admissions process; however, these meetings must occur outside of the active application cycle for which the prospective student is applying. 

Internationally Trained Dentists: Advanced Standing Program (ASPID)

Approved in February 2018, the UNC Adams School of Dentistry offers the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID) as an entry for graduates of foreign dental schools, except Canadian graduates, who seek to receive additional training and practice dentistry in the United States.

The first cohort of ASPID students started in January 2020, with a six-month intensive track leading to integration of the students into the third-year predoctoral D.D.S. class during the fall semester of that same year. During the first six months, ASPID students will enroll in didactic, preclinical and laboratory courses that will prepare them to be fully integrated into the third year of our predoctoral dental education.

The students will participate in specially-designed preclinical laboratory and didactic courses to review key topics relative to the practice of oral health care. To apply, applicants are required to successfully pass both National Dental Boards Part I and II or the new Integrated National Board Dental Exam, the standard licensure tests for practice in the United States. Transcripts from international schools must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Current students at other U.S.- or Canada-accredited dental schools wishing to transfer will be considered if space is available in the class and completed application forms have been submitted, including acceptable scores on the DAT and Part I of the National Board Dental Examination. Applications for advanced standing must be requested from the school.

Several other factors will also be considered: prior academic record, compatibility of the curricula of the two schools, reason for transfer and residency status. Transfers may be made into the second-year class or third-year class. At least two years must be completed at the school to receive a D.D.S. degree from this institution. These students should understand that transferring from one dental school to another often requires an additional year of dental education due to the incongruity of the curricula at the respective schools.

Requirements

The predoctoral curriculum is current as of the 2020–2021 academic year but it remains subject to change. 

The primary intent of the dental school curriculum is to produce dental practitioners who: (1) are qualified to enter general dental practice, postdoctoral programs including graduate programs in various dental specialties or dental research, teaching or public service; and (2) can accept professional responsibilities in their communities, participate in professional activities and pursue a lifetime of learning that enhances their delivery of effective services to patients and the profession.

The curriculum is under continuous review and is subject to change at any time upon approval of the faculty and the dean. The faculty reserves the right to make changes in curriculum and in regulations when, in its judgment, such changes are in the best interest of the students, patients and the school. Ordinarily, students may expect to receive a degree by meeting the requirements of the curriculum as specified in the policy manual when they enter the school or in any subsequent catalog or policy manual published while they are students. The Adams School of Dentistry is not obligated to offer a course listed in the catalog in any particular year.

Course Exemption: On a limited basis, students may be exempted from courses in the D.D.S. curriculum if they have completed such courses previously. Requests for exemption are handled on an individual basis through the Office of Admissions and Student Life and the appropriate course director.

First Year Courses

The first year of the D.D.S. curriculum includes courses in the core basic sciences (gross anatomy, histology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and pathology), introductory dental sciences (cariology, dental anatomy, dental materials science, conservative operative dentistry, epidemiology, evidence-based dentistry, periodontology, oral diagnosis and radiology, growth and development, and occlusion) and oral biology. In addition to this course work, students participate in Introduction to Patient Management. Also included are seminars on interviewing skills, ethics, rotation through patient care services and the delivery of preventive care. These courses introduce the student to the relationship between basic science and clinical practice as well as the relationship between the health care provider and the patient. Basic social science concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Fall Semester
DENT 100Social and Ethical Issues1
DENT 102Gross Anatomy4
DENT 103Biochemistry2
DENT 104Orofacial Complex I2
DENT 105Dental Anatomy Occlusion4
DENT 106Dental Materials Science2
DENT 113The Practice of Dental Medicine I4
DENT 118Evidence Based Dentistry and Epidemiology1.5
DENT 150Practice Management I1
Spring Semester
DENT 111Introduction to Cariology2
DENT 112Conservative Operative Dentistry6
DENT 114Physiology4
DENT 115Microbiology4
DENT 116Oral Biology3
DENT 120The Practice of Dental Medicine II5
DENT 150Practice Management I1
Summer Semester
DENT 117Introduction to Occlusion0.5
DENT 122Fundamentals of Periodontology2
DENT 125Introduction to Radiology2
DENT 126Growth Development2
DENT 127General Pathology4
DENT 128Introduction to Oral Pathology1.5
Total Hours58.5

Second Year Courses

During the second year, students continue taking biological science courses (pharmacology and oral pathology), the next series of dental science courses (growth and development, preclinical endodontics, pulp biology, orthodontics, and removable and fixed prosthodontics), and health care delivery systems. During the first part of the second year, students assume patient care privileges, begin delivering comprehensive care services and are responsible for providing the therapeutic and preventive treatment needed by their patients.

Fall Semester
DENT 200Basic Pharmacology3.5
DENT 203Introduction to Periodontal Therapy1.5
DENT 204Fixed Prosthodontics I: Single Unit Restorations6
DENT 205Medical Emergencies/Local Anesthesia2
DENT 206Applied Growth and Development2
DENT 207The Practice of Dental Medicine III4
DENT 208Pulp Biology1.5
DENT 209Treatment Planning I1
DENT 232FClinical Operative Dentistry1
DENT 250Practice Management II1
Spring Semester
DENT 201Behavior, Communication, and Culture: Children and Developmentally Disabled1
DENT 202Pathology II3
DENT 211Fixed Prosthodontics: Multi-Unit Fixed Partial Denture Restorations6
DENT 212Removable Prosthodontics I5
DENT 213Biomechanics and Preclinical Orthodontics2
DENT 217Health Care Systems1
DENT 228Basic Pharmacology II1
DENT 231SClinical Fixed Prosthodontics1
DENT 232SClinical Operative Dentistry1
DENT 233SClinical Radiology1
DENT 235SClinical Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT 236SClinical Periodontics1
DENT 241SClinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning1
DENT 250Practice Management II1
DENT 299SPatient Management1
Summer Session
DENT 220Preclinical Endodontics3
DENT 221Behavior, Communication, and Culture: The Elderly0.5
DENT 224Advanced Periodontal Therapy1
DENT 225Removable Prosthodontics II3
DENT 226Clinical Microbiology2
DENT 231XClinical Fixed Prosthodontics1
DENT 232XClinical Operative Dentistry1
DENT 233XClinical Radiology1
DENT 234XClinical Orthodontics1
DENT 235XClinical Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT 236XClinical Periodontics1
DENT 241XClinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning1
DENT 299XPatient Management2
Total Hours69

Third Year Courses

In the third year, students spend a significant amount of time providing comprehensive care for their patients in mentored group practices. A series of intermediate dental science courses are offered. Between their third and fourth years, students are required to complete extramural rotations at clinical sites located throughout the state and beyond, enabling them to participate in the delivery of dental care in a variety of settings. Students spend eight weeks at off-campus sites: four at a community or public health dental clinic and four at a non-private hospital dental clinic (when available).

Fall Semester
DENT 302Advanced Operative Dentistry2
DENT 303Advanced Concepts in Periodontology and Implantology1.5
DENT 304Oral Medicine I1
DENT 305Growth and Development Level IV-Orthodontics1.5
DENT 306Surgery2
DENT 308Radiologic Interpretation2
DENT 320Dental Implants3
DENT 324Growth and Development Level IV-Periodontal1.5
DENT 330FClinical Endodontics1
DENT 331FClinical Fixed Prosthodontics1
DENT 332FClinical Operative Dentistry1
DENT 333FClinical Radiology1
DENT 334FClinical Orthodontics1
DENT 335FClinical Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT 336FClinical Periodontics1
DENT 337FClinical Removable Prosthodontics1
DENT 338FClinical Surgery1
DENT 341FClinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning1
DENT 350Practice Management III2
DENT 399FPatient Management2
Spring Semester
DENT 310Clinical Pharmacology0.5
DENT 311Radiologic Imaging in Practice: Key Concepts1
DENT 312Comprehensive Treatment Planning1
DENT 315Surgery1
DENT 316Endodontic Didactics2
DENT 317TMJ and Cranio Pain1
DENT 318Geriatric Dentistry1
DENT 319Oral Medicine II1
DENT 330SClinical Endodontics1
DENT 331SClinical Fixed Prosthodontics1
DENT 332SClinical Operative Dentistry1
DENT 333SClinical Radiology1
DENT 334SClinical Orthodontics1
DENT 335SClinical Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT 336SClinical Periodontics1
DENT 337SClinical Removable Prosthodontics1
DENT 338SClinical Surgery1
DENT 341SClinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning1
DENT 350Practice Management III2
DENT 399SPatient Management2
Summer Semester
DENT 330XClinical Endodontics1
DENT 331XClinical Fixed Prosthodontics1
DENT 332XClinical Operative Dentistry1
DENT 333XClinical Radiology1
DENT 334XClinical Orthodontics1
DENT 335XClinical Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT 336XClinical Periodontics1
DENT 337XClinical Removable Prosthodontics1
DENT 338XClinical Surgery1
DENT 341XClinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning1
DENT 345XGeneral Dentistry6
DENT 399XPatient Management2
Total Hours69

Fourth Year Courses 

Fourth-year students assume responsibility for patients who require more advanced dental care in mentored, general dentistry group practices. Advanced dental science courses, updates and practice-related materials are offered during the fourth year. Students participate in a critical thinking course that emphasizes the application of evidence-based dentistry in clinical practice. In addition, those students who are deemed eligible may participate in optional specialty experiences that include patient care, additional extramural rotations and research experiences.

Fall Semester
DENT 401Community and Hospital Rotations2
DENT 410Ethical and Legal Aspects of Dental Practice1
DENT 413Clinical Pathology Conference2
DENT 418Critical Thinking in General Dentistry2
DENT 423Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics0.5
DENT 430FClinical Endodontics1
DENT 433FClinical Radiology1
DENT 434FClinical Orthodontics1
DENT 435FClinical Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT 438FClinical Surgery1
DENT 442FClinical Geriatric Dentistry1
DENT 445FGeneral Dentistry6
DENT 450Practice Management IV1
DENT 499FPatient Management3
Spring Semester
DENT 419Critical Thinking in General Dentistry2
DENT 430SClinical Endodontics1
DENT 433SClinical Radiology1
DENT 434SClinical Orthodontics1
DENT 435SClinical Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT 438SClinical Surgery1
DENT 442SClinical Geriatric Dentistry1
DENT 445SGeneral Dentistry6
DENT 499SPatient Management3
Total Hours40.5

Opportunities

Spurgeon Student Government

The Spurgeon Student Government exists as the governing body for all students of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. Named after the late Dr. J.S. Spurgeon, a prominent and outstanding dentist from Hillsborough, N.C., the organization holds monthly meetings in which elected representatives from each class of dental, advanced education and dental hygiene students discuss and plan the functions of student government. Several projects are carried out each year including social, academic and scholastic events. The school is host to many student-led organizations and programs allowing students opportunities to become involved in the community, in research and in school programs. For a listing of these organizations and specific details about these organizations, please visit our Web site.

Student Membership in the Dental Community

In addition to serving in various class and student organization officer positions, students are active members of the dental school community. They have membership on most standing dental school committees. There are other ways for students to be involved, as the school supports many student organizations. These organizations allow students to be involved with dentistry at the local and national levels. Please visit the Web site for a full list of our student organizations.

International Opportunities 

As 21st century oral health practitioners, dental students, whether pursuing a career in clinical practice or academia, must be fully cognizant of how oral health functions in a global community. The school provides many opportunities for students to engage with peoples and cultures in other countries, including yearly service and academic projects in Brazil, China, India, Malawi, Moldova, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Uganda. In addition, the school maintains exchange agreements with Ajman University at UAE, Moldova's Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, National University of Singapore, Qingdao Dental Hospital and Peking University in China, University of São Paulo and Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Yenepoya University and JSS University in India, Makerere University in Uganda, and King's College London in England. Students who take part in global service and outreach learn how dentistry and health care services are administered in other nations as well as the health care needs of their populations and possible sustainable projects for the hosting communities. This global and cultural experience enlightens their worldview and broadens their understanding of health care systems locally and globally.

Research Experience

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry's faculty, students, research fellows, and visiting scholars generate new knowledge in the basic, applied, and clinical sciences, as well as in areas of health services, health policy, and health education. The overarching emphasis is on the promotion of oral health and function. Discoveries in these areas not only offer the potential to improve oral health, but also overall health.

The student research program supports and encourages participation in active research, as well as participation in student research leadership positions at the local and national levels. A student researcher engages in experiences working with an active research team in the laboratory, in the clinic, or with research in epidemiology, health services, health outcomes, community outreach, or dental education. There are several programs within the school that foster research participation by pre-doctoral students. These programs include research fellowships, the Student Research Group, and Dentistry Research Day.

Information Relevant to the UNC Adams School of Dentistry Experience

Immunization Requirements

The State of North Carolina immunization requirements and the UNC Adams School of Dentistry immunization requirements for dental hygiene and doctor of dental surgery students are listed below. Documentation of all is required with application.

State Requirements

  • Three DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), Td (tetanus, diphtheria), or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) doses. (This fulfills the primary series requirement.)
    • One Tdap booster after completion of the primary series that did not include a Tdap, and then a Td vaccine every 10 years thereafter.
  • Three polio (unless greater than 18 years of age).
  • Two measles (rubeola), two mumps, one rubella (two MMR doses meet this requirement) or positive titers.
  • Hepatitis B series (not required for individuals born before July 1, 1994). See school requirements below.

UNC Adams School of Dentistry Requirements

  • Varicella vaccination series (two shots) or a positive titer.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series (three shots) and a positive hepatitis B antibody (HBsAb) quantitative titer. (Please make sure your physician does not order a qualitative titer.) Ideally, a titer is recommended one to two months after completion of the series for proof of immunity to hepatitis B but can be checked at a later date.
  • Two-step tuberculosis skin test (TST) or a TB blood test (IGRA). DDS and DH students report to Campus Health and follow the testing procedures required. Advanced Dental Education students report to Employee Health and follow the testing procedures required.

The matriculating student is required to submit an official certificate of immunizations that is signed by an authorized healthcare provider. Immunization documentation is to be submitted to both to UNC Campus Health Services (CHS) and to the UNC Adams School of Dentistry through ConnectCarolina by a published and specified date. CHS will notify students who are not in compliance with the state immunization requirements noted above. Individuals who have not met the state immunization requirements after 30 calendar days from the first date of attendance will be administratively withdrawn from the University by the University Registrar. See the UNC Campus Health Web site.

Students with deficiencies in the additional immunization requirements of the school will be notified of the deficiencies by the UNC school's director of clinical compliance. The school will work with students to meet these additional requirements. The failure to comply with the school’s requirements after consultation with the director of clinical compliance and the agreed-upon resolution schedule will result in administrative withdrawal from the school.

Additional Requirements

Annually:

  • Influenza vaccine not earlier than September 1.
  • Tuberculosis screening.
  • Verification of health insurance. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill requires all eligible students to have health insurance (see the UNC Campus Health Student Health Insurance Web site.) Students are required to waive with existing creditable insurance each semester or they will automatically be enrolled in the UNC System Student Health Insurance Plan, which is administered by Student Blue/BCBS of NC. To waive or enroll/renew, visit the Student Blue Web site.

Biennially:

  • American Heart Association certified CPR for Healthcare Providers training. Documentation of current certification is required of the matriculating student. (Note that the school requires in-person CPR skills assessment.)

Infection Control: One of the consequences of the delivery of health care is the possibility of contracting an infectious disease such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV, or herpes. To minimize this risk, the school has adopted an Infection Control Policy that requires the wearing of a clinical overgarment, disposable gloves, a mask, and protective eye covering when oral examinations and dental procedures are being performed.

Infectious Disease Status

Students engaged in patient care activities are required to know their tuberculosis and hepatitis B (HBV) status, and are encouraged to learn their hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV status. State regulations require health care workers, including students, who perform surgical or dental procedures or who assist in such procedures in a way that may result in an exposure of patients to their blood, and who know themselves to be infected with HIV or HBV, to report their status to the state health director. See UNC's policy.

Late Registration

University regulations require students who do not register before the first day of classes in any semester or summer session to pay an additional fee of $20 for delayed registration. Any student who believes that she/he can show sufficient justification for the delay may petition for a refund by completing a form, which can be found online, and outlining the reason for delay. This form must bear the approval of the dean of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry.

Awarding of Degrees and Certificates

To be awarded a degree or certificate, students must satisfactorily complete all requirements of their respective program.

Class and Clinic Attendance

Regular class and clinic attendance is a student obligation. No right or privilege exists that permits a student to be absent from any given number of sessions.

Patient Care Responsibilities

Students are granted the privilege of participating in the patient care system of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry and are expected to provide care consistent with our patient-centered philosophy. Patients are a central part of the health care team and are involved in the planning of their care. It is the responsibility of the dental student to provide patients with the information needed so they make informed decisions about their treatment. The dental student has the responsibility to provide high-quality, evidence-based care to all their assigned patients in a timely manner and to uphold the ethical responsibilities as outlined in the school's Code of Professional Conduct and the Code of Clinical Behavior.

Current academic policies and procedures can be found online. However, policies are subject to change at any time. The manual provides guidelines for governing the UNC Adams School of Dentistry educational programs and advises students, faculty, and staff of academic policies and procedures related to the respective programs.