College of Dentistry Competency Statements

  1. BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
    A new dental graduate must be competent in the application of the fundamental principles of behavioral science as tools for promoting, improving and maintaining oral health.
  2. DIVERSITY & COMMUNICATION SKILLS
    A new dental graduate must be competent in managing a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.
  3. HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
    A new dental graduate must be competent in evaluating different models of oral health care management and delivery.
  4. PROFESSIONALISM
    A new dental graduate must be competent in identifying and applying legal, ethical and professional principles as they pertain to the practice of dentistry.
  5. CRITICAL THINKING
    A new dental graduate must be competent in the use of critical thinking and problem solving related to the comprehensive care of patients.
  6. INFORMATICS
    A new dental graduate must be competent in accessing and acquiring relevant dental practice information from multiple sources, including traditional library materials and contemporary electronic media.
  7. ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS
    A new dental graduate must be competent in assessing oral health,including caries risk.
  8. DIAGNOSIS
    A new dental graduate must be competent in determining differential and definitive diagnoses of oral and maxillofacial conditions.
  9. COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT PLANNING
    A new dental graduate must be competent in developing a comprehensive, integrated, sequenced individual treatment plan based on evaluation of diagnostic information gathered during assessment of the patient.
  10. PREVENTION
    A new dental graduate must be competent in providing patients with preventive therapy including the skills and motivation needed for proper home care.
  11. INFECTION CONTROL
    A new dental graduate must be competent in applying current infection control principles.
  12. INFORMED CONSENT
    A new dental graduate must be competent in obtaining informed consent.
  13. PAIN MANAGEMENT
    A new dental graduate must be competent in managing pain and anxiety for their patients.
  14. RESTORATION OF TEETH
    A new dental graduate must be competent in restoring teeth to proper form and function.
  15. REPLACEMENT OF TEETH
    A new dental graduate must be competent in designing and placing dental prostheses.
  16. LABORATORY
    A new dental graduate must be competent in directing laboratory technicians to fabricate dental laboratory products that fulfill established criteria and assessing the acceptability of products returned from a dental laboratory.
  17. PERIODONTAL THERAPY
    A new dental graduate must be competent in performing anti-infective periodontal therapy, including scaling and root planning and monitoring their effectiveness.
  18. PULPAL THERAPY
    A new dental graduate must be competent in managing pulpal and periapical disease.
  19. ORAL MUCOSAL DISORDERS
    A new dental graduate must be competent in recognizing and managing oral mucosal diseases and abnormalities.
  20. SURGERY
    A new dental graduate must be competent in performing surgical and non-surgical extraction of erupted teeth or residual root tip(s).
  21. DENTAL EMERGENCIES
    A new dental graduate must be competent in assessing and managing dental emergencies.
  22. MALOCCLUSION
    A new dental graduate must be competent in classifying and managing malocclusions.
  23. SPACE MANAGEMENT
    A new dental graduate must be competent in arch analysis and space management.
  24. TREATMENT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT
    A new dental graduate must be competent in documenting and evaluating the results of treatment, and recognizing deficiencies.
  25. LIFE SUPPORT
    A new dental graduate must be competent in providing appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in the dental practice.
  26. SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS
    A new dental graduate must be competent in assessing the treatment needs of patients with special needs.
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