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2022-23 ATSU University Catalog 
2022-23 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

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Dear Dental Students,

I am honored to welcome and congratulate you for choosing Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) for your professional education. Your experience at ATSU-MOSDOH will be premier in scope. Not only will you receive an outstanding education but through your involvement in community service you will emerge as excellent leaders with a strong desire to serve in your respective communities.

This is an exciting but challenging time in your lives as you embark on a four-year pursuit that will culminate with you earning the highly respected dental degree. You have made an excellent career choice! Your dental degree and certificate in public health will distinguish you from your peers and will serve as a reminder of ATSU-MOSDOH’s commitment to graduate community leaders that will serve those in need.

Along your journey, you will be supported by experienced staff, faculty, and administrators who will take interest in your professional development and experiences. We know that as ATSU-MOSDOH graduates, you will help to advance the dental profession through your contributions in dental practice, research and service.

We are proud to have you join the ATSU-MOSDOH family. Best wishes to you as you pursue your professional goals. 

Dwight E. McLeod, DDS, MS
Professor of Periodontics
Dean, Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health


The Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) offers an educational model that relies on an exceptional cadre of motivated, experienced learning guides (mentors) for students in both the preclinical and clinical phases of the degree program. In addition to the issues of oral health and the skills of dentistry, students learn from and are encouraged to become caring, community-minded healthcare providers. Graduates will be leaders in their community and managers of public, not-for-profit and private sector oral health organizations.

The dental program features:

  • Innovative Curriculum – Integrating science, human systems and clinical care.
  • Simulation Technology – Accelerating skill development for clinical excellence.
  • State-of-the-art Facilities – Utilizing new facilities and digital resources for the faculty and students of tomorrow.
  • Needs Focused – Educating competent, compassionate dentists for underserved communities.
  • Service Education – Coordinating student partnerships with communities of need.
  • Leadership Training – Educating dentists to be community health leaders.

ATSU-MOSDOH students spend the first and second year studying basic and clinical sciences. Students complete dental simulation exercises at the Kirksville campus simulation clinic and receive introduction to clinical dentistry in the classroom as well as early clinical experiences in community settings. Third and fourth-year students are proctored by licensed dentists at the St. Louis Dental Center. Fourth-year external rotations may include experiences at a community health center, and/or Indian Health Service clinics. The program culminates with a DMD degree as well as a certificate in Public Health with Dental Emphasis. Students have the option of earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health. 

ATSU-MOSDOH Mission Statement

The Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health is an innovative and socially responsible institution that is committed to the advancement of educational excellence, scholarship, community service, diversity, inclusion, leadership and technology. Graduates will serve communities in need while engaging in lifelong learning.

Program Accreditation

Effective August 3, 2017, the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree program has been granted full accreditation without any reporting recommendations by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312.440.4653.

Student Complaints

Students may file complaints about the four-year predoctoral dental program with the Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs will work with students to verify complaints and seek resolutions. Students may also file an anonymous complaint by using the Student Complaint link on the MOSDOH Student Portal. All student complaints will be logged and made available on-site to the CODA visit committee at the next regularly scheduled CODA site visit in April 2025.

Student Filing of Complaints to CODA

Students enrolled in the DMD program may file a complaint regarding the School’s adherence to the Predoctoral Education Standards by contacting the Commission on Dental Accreditation at: Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611, Phone: 312.440.4653.

Predoctoral Program Competencies





Practice dentistry guided by professional values, ethical principles, self-assessment and as required by legal principles and regulatory concepts to address the oral health needs of individual patients and the community. (CODA 2-10, 2-11, 2-17, 2-21)


Scientific Practice

Apply critical thinking, problem-solving, quantitative knowledge and reasoning (including analysis of data, appraisal of evidence, synthesis and integration of new information) to the practice of dentistry. (CODA 2-10, 2-11, 2-18, 2-22)


Human Sciences

Apply knowledge of molecular, biochemical, cellular and systems-level mechanisms that maintain homeostasis and of the dysregulation of these mechanisms to the prevention, diagnosis and management of disease in the dental patient. (CODA 2-12, 2-13, 2-14)


Behavioral Sciences

Apply behavioral principles to function successfully in a multicultural work environment, to manage and educate a diverse patient population, and to promote, improve and maintain the health of dental patients. (CODA 2-16, 2-17, 2-23, 2-24 e,d)


Treatment Planning

Formulate a provisional, differential and definitive diagnosis and a comprehensive, sequenced treatment plan, alternative plans and limited care plans for dental patients; make referrals to other providers; describe prognosis; obtain informed consent, evaluate outcomes of treatment, and recommend recall. (CODA 2-10, 2-24 a, c, o, 2-25)


Patient Care

Assess and manage the oral health care needs of patients within the scope of general dentistry in all stages of life (infants, children, adolescents, adults, geriatric patients and patients with special needs). (CODA 2-22, 2-23, 2-24 b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o; 2-25, 2-26)


Practice Management

Apply principles and philosophies of patient management, models of health care delivery and leadership of an oral health care team. (CODA 2-18, 2-19, 2-20)


Public Health

Work collaboratively to assess, address and/or solve population-based health issues using the public health principles of assessment, policy development and assurance. (CODA 2-18, 2-26)


Interprofessional Practice

Function effectively, respectfully and ethically in an interprofessional team to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care. (CODA 2-19, 2-20, 2-24 c)


Kirksville Location
A.T. Still University – Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
800 West Jefferson
Kirksville, MO 63501

St. Louis Location
A.T. Still University - St. Louis Dental Education & Oral Health Center
1500 Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104

Dwight E. McLeod, DDS, MS
Professor of Periodontics and Dean

Grishondra Branch-Mays, DDS, MS
Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH
Professor and Vice Dean, Clinical Education and Advanced Dental Education


School Policies


ATSU-MOSDOH programs adhere to the University grading scale . Grading details for each course are outlined in the course syllabi.



    Doctor of Dental Medicine

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