DDS Technical Standards
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is committed to equal access for all qualified applicants to the predoctoral dental program and thus has identified technical standards essential for students to deliver safe, effective dental care while enrolled in the program. The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the College of Dentistry indicates that the graduate is a dentist who is competent to practice all disciplines within the scope of a general dentist and is generally capable to apply for and maintain dental licensure. By the end of the predoctoral dental program, all students are required to demonstrate the attitudes, knowledge, and skills (including fine motor skills) essential to the profession and agreed upon by the faculty as requisite for providing safe and effective dental care within an acceptable amount of time. Thus, each candidate for admission must have the ability to acquire and maintain the attributes, knowledge, and skills required to practice direct patient care regardless of their intended career pathway.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the College of Dentistry requires that students meet its technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation as a condition of participation in the predoctoral dental program. The College of Dentistry is not required to make modifications or provide auxiliary aids or services that would fundamentally alter the nature and substance of the predoctoral dental program, present undue hardship for the institution, pose a direct threat to the safety of patients or others, or compromise the academic integrity of the predoctoral dental program. Reasonable accommodations include those assistive devices and strategies that do not change the essential requirements of the predoctoral dental program and the standards of performance judged by the faculty to be acceptable. Assistance strategies that use trained intermediaries to obtain and interpret data from patients or to provide clinical care to patients on behalf of the student will not be accepted as reasonable.
All students in the predoctoral dental program must meet the technical standards. If a student is unable to determine whether or not they are able to meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations, or if a student requires additional information, they should contact the College of Dentistry’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at 614-292-4250.