NBDE Part I Review Course

The UMKC School of Dentistry has opened it’s National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I Review Course to all dental students preparing for the NBDE Part I exam. This unique course allows students to study on their time with a series of on-Demand lectures and content.

The bulk of the content is covered in the on-demand mini-lectures. These mini-lectures cover all six topics of the NBDE Part I including: Biochemistry, Anatomical Science, Microbiology-Pathology, Physiology, Oral Histology, and Dental Anatomy & Occlusion. An outline of the content covered is listed below.

A practical component of the course consists of a series of recorded webinar sessions with our professors to go over board exam-style questions. In these sessions, students work with our professors to review board exam questions for each subject and topic.  Professors explain the concept associated with each question and help students to work through the rationale required to successfully answer each question.

These sessions provide students with valuable insights into the mind of the test writers and are also a great opportunity for students to get more detail or clarification on any of the topics within any of the mini-lectures they have reviewed.

This course also includes a series of Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs). These self-assessment exams allow students to see how well they know the materials to identify strengths and weaknesses in the content specified by the ADA for the NBDE Part I Exam.

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Our Faculty

  • Mark Johnson, Ph.D.
    Mark Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Thomas Ferrari, Ph.D.
    Thomas Ferrari, Ph.D.
  • Tim Cole, Ph.D.
    Tim Cole, Ph.D.
    Anatomical Sciences
  • Susan Bennett,RN, MSN, APRN
    Susan Bennett,
  • John Kiesendahl, D.D.S.
    John Kiesendahl, D.D.S.
    Dental Anatomy & Occlusion
  • John Hellstein, D.D.S.
    John Hellstein, D.D.S.
    Oral Histology

National Board Dental Examination – Part I Mini-lectures

Biochemistry – Physiology [100 items]


  • Molecular Biology Section: DNA Replication
  • Molecular Biology Section: DNA Transcription
  • Molecular Biology Section: Translation
  • Molecular Biology Section: Genetics and Disease
  • Connective Tissues, Module, Extracellular Matrices
  • Metabolism – Hormone Action
  • Metabolism – Growth Factors
  • Membranes – Biological & Synthetic Membranes and Lipid Metabolism
  • General Biochemistry Principles


  • Physiology of Membranes
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Skeletal Muscle Physiology
  • Smooth and Cardiac Muscle Physiology
  • Cardiac Physiology – PV Loops
  • Cardiac ElectroPhysiology
  • Vascular Physiology
  • Pulmonary Ventilation
  • Pulmonary Circulation and Gas Exchange
  • Renal Physiology – GFR and Clearance
  • Renal Physiology – Reabsorption & Regulation
  • Renal Physiology – Acid Base Balance
  • Oral Physiology
  • Neuroendocrine Control of the GI tract
  • Physiology of the GI tract organs
  • Endocrine Physiology – HPA Part 1
  • Endocrine Physiology – HPA Part 2

Anatomical Sciences [100 items]

Anatomical Sciences outline

  • General Overview
  • Skull Osteology and Development
  • Cranial Nerves, Part A: Review of Cranial Nerve Modalities
  • Cranial Nerves, Part B: Review of Cranial Nerves I – VI
  • Cranial Nerves, Part C: Review of Cranial Nerves VII – XII and Sympathetics
  • Cranial Nerves, Part D: Selected Clinical Cases
  • Endocranial Cavity/Dural Folds and Sinuses
  • Orbit
  • Nasal Cavity
  • Infratemporal Fossa and Parotid Region
  • Superficial Face and Scalp
  • Oral Cavity and Soft Palate
  • Cervical Vertebrae; Spinal Nerves and Cervical Plexus; Muscles of the Neck
  • Pharynx, Larynx, Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
  • Fasciae and Spaces
  • Circulation and Lymphatics of the Head and Neck
  • Peripheral Nervous System Overview
  • Spinal Cord, Meninges, and Spinal Nerves
  • Thoracic Wall; Respiratory System
  • Mediastinum, including Heart and Great Vessels
  • Anterior Abdominal Wall, Inguinal Canal and Spermatic Cord
  • Alimentary canal; digestive glands; peritoneum and peritoneal cavity
  • Abdominal Circulation and Innervation
  • Urinary System
  • Upper Limb Osteology and Brachial Plexus
  • Upper Limb Muscle Groups and Blood Supply
  • Selected Clinical Cases for the Upper Limb

Oral Histology outline

  • Cellular Structures
  • Epithelium Overview
  • Integument
  • Connective Tissue
  • Circulatory System
  • Muscle Histology
  • Bone
  • Lymphatic System
  • Endocrine Histology
  • Respiratory System
  • Oral Epithelium
  • Gastrointestinal Histology

Microbiology-Pathology [100 items]

Microbiology-Pathology outline

  • General Microbiology – Viruses
  • General Microbiology – Bacteria
  • General Microbiology – Fungi & Parasites
  • Antibiotics & Antiviral Medications
  • Reaction of Tissue to Injury
  • Hypersensitivities & Disorders of the Immune Response
  • Neoplasm
  • Innate & Adaptive Immunity
  • Thrombocytopenia & Anemia
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory System
  • GI & Hepatobiliary System
  • Renal & Urinary System
  • Diabetes & Endocrine
  • Neuromuscular Disorders

Dental Anatomy and Occlusion [100 items]

Dental Anatomy and Occlusion outline

  • Intro & General Info Board Review Dental Anatomy & Occlusion
  • Dental Anatomy General Information
  • Morphology of Permanent Teeth
  • Morphology of Primary Teeth
  • Pulp Cavity Morphology
  • Board Review Dental Occlusion

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