Examine The Curriculum
WesternU’s College of Dental Medicine curriculum and facilities are designed to incorporate innovative ideas and state-of-the-art equipment in a student-centered learning environment.
Biomedical Sciences Education
Community-Based Dental Education
The continual development of the preclinical curriculum has followed a multi-pronged approach:
- Hybrid Curriculum consisting of online asynchronous learning in concert with active learning in person sessions.
- Portfolio Evaluation documenting student progress, self-assessment, and reflection.
- Faculty Guided, Peer-to-Peer Small group Learning.
- Virtual Patient Experiences in treat planning seminars as well as simulation clinic treatment sessions.
- Multiple Didactic and Technical Skill Assessment attempts demonstrating competency.
The future goal of the preclinical program is to maximize digital applications and artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning to achieve 100% competency-based education.
- treats students as members of the profession from the first day.
- features a wide variety of educational methodologies, including traditional lecture, seminars, case-based learning, on-line modules, laboratory, clinical simulation, standardized patient exercises, direct patient care and service learning.
- emphasizes principles of clinical medicine by integrating dental students in the study of human systems
- focuses on the links between oral health and overall health and offers interprofessional learning with other health professions
- integrates early direct patient-care experiences to provide contextual relevance for the foundational knowledge and clinical skills you are learning in human systems courses and pre-clinical simulation training
- integrates early service-learning opportunities in community-based locations in the first two years that stresses community assessment, education, and preventive programs
- offers extensive clinical experience in community-based locations
- emphasizes compassionate care, treating the patient as an individual first
- integrates patient and practice management into clinical experiences, building critical skills such as; communication, professional ethics, leadership and business management that are required for successful practice.