Instruction of this program is classified into following: general, basic and specialized (major). In accordance with way of teaching, it is divided into credits of theoretical, practical and theoretical-theoretical courses.
Number and Type of Credits:
Total number of course credits is equal to 207, as following:
- Basic credits 39
- General credits: 14
- Specialized credits (Core) 150
- Specialized credits (Non-Core) 4
This program includes three phases:
۞ Basic Sciences:
In four semesters, Basic Sciences courses cover the natural structure of the body at the molecular and cellular level (biochemistry, histology, and anatomy) of development (embryology) and function (physiology) that all are presented in the form of integrated blocks. In addition to these, different subjects (microbiology, parasitology, mycology, virology, immunology, and pathology) are also provided for the students along with general courses.
At the end of the Basic Sciences courses, there will be a comprehensive exam.
۞ Pre-Clinical Phase:
The students pass pre-clinic courses in the fifth semester in laboratories with different kinds of modules and educational models that are simulated with real clinical conditions and patients. After acquiring the requirements, eligible students enter the clinics to visit and treat patients. In the clinical stage, students (in small groups) enter the clinic and treat patients. Students of the Community Dentistry program enter the field and start the process of screening patients in the society.
۞ Clinical Phase:
In the twelfth semester, students who have acquired enough skills as interns or pre-doctoral students enter the main clinic and visit patients in a similar fashion to practices in a private office under the supervision of proficient professors. In the main clinic, students, besides making medical files for the main treatment program, treat all kinds of dental problems of patients.
At the end of this semester, students test their scientific and practical capabilities by taking a final exam.
Note: it is necessary to pass basic credits, for entering the pre-clinical course (Second phase).
Remark: Students not passing their credits of base science, shall be allowed to enter into clinical course, if remained credits are not prerequisite of major credits.
Educational system is on the basis of bylaws, being issued by supreme council for planning. It is allocated 17 and 34 hours and each hour 60 minutes into each theoretical and practical credit, respectively.