The Idaho Dental Education Program (IDEP) is designed to provide residents of Idaho with access to a high quality dental education as if Idaho had its own dental school. The IDEP program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association. The program involves a first year curriculum at Idaho State University in Pocatello, followed by completion of the second through fourth years at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Students completing the four year program receive the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree and are eligible to take the licensure examinations necessary to become a practicing dentist. Students may also elect to pursue advanced training through residencies or specialty programs, eventually becoming board certified in one of the recognized dental specialties.
There are seven positions available for Idaho residents; a number which is designed to closely match the future need for dentists in Idaho. Applicants to the program must have completed the necessary pre-requisites in English, Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and other requirements as outlined in the Idaho Dental Education Program Bulletin. In addition to fulfilling the minimal pre-requisites most students accepted into the program will have a bachelor's degree at the time of entry into IDEP. Each year however, some exceptional students who have completed the junior level (upper division) of college course work are admitted into the program.
Students are encouraged to work closely with their pre-dental academic advisor in making course selections which fulfill dental school and degree completion requirements.
Formal application for admission to the IDEP program follows the guidelines printed in the Idaho Dental Education Program Bulletin and the Creighton University School of Dentistry Bulletin. The application process involves: taking the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), completion of the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) centralized application, the Creighton Supplemental Application and the IDEP Residency Certification Form. Although the application process can be initiated as late as February 1 of the year the student plans to enter the program, earlier application is strongly encouraged to allow adequate time for completion of admission requirements and consideration by the admissions committee.
Further information concerning the program, admission requirements, Bulletins and Residency Certification forms can be obtained by contacting the program at:
Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS, Chairman Idaho Dental Education Program Box 8088 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 83209-8088 Phone: (208) 236-3289
Required Basic Science Courses
BIOS 500 Oral Histology and Embryology 3 cr BIOS 503 Human Physiology 4 cr BIOS 519 Mammalian Histology 3 cr BIOS 540 Systemic Anatomy 4 cr BIOS 550 Head and CNS Anatomy 4 cr BIOS 532 Biochemistry 3 cr BIOS 555 Pathogenic Microbiology 3 cr BIOS 599 Oral Microbiology 1 crRequired Dental Science Courses
IDEP g413/ Dental Anatomy CU(OPD)113 Lecture I 1 cr IDEP g414/ Dental Anatomy CU(OPD)114 Laboratory 3 cr IDEP g415/ Dental Materials CU(OPD)115 Science I 2 cr IDEP g417/ Interpersonal CU(CPD)111 Relationships and Communication 1 cr IDEP g423/ Preventive CU(CPD)113 Dentistry 2 cr IDEP g424/ Community CU(CPD)134 Dentistry 3 cr IDEP g425/ History of CU(CPD)115 Dentistry 1 cr HEC g432/ Behavioral Growth CU(PDO)131 and Development 1 cr IDEP g434/ Dental Materials CU(OPD)135 Science II 3 cr IDEP g435/ Occlusion CU(FPR)132 Laboratory 1 cr IDEP g444/ Values and CU(CPD)143 Ethics 1 cr IDEP g454/ Occlusion CU(FPR)135 Lecture 1 cr IDEP g426/ Community Dentistry CU(CPD)134 Field Experience 1 cr IDEP g433/ Oral Hygiene CU(CPD)132 Technique 1 crOptional Dental Science Courses
IDEP 617/ Extramural Dental CU(CPD)417 Education Program 2 cr