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Catalog/Bulletin 2021-2022 
Catalog/Bulletin 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Education and Residency Programs

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Advanced education programs for specialty training in the areas of endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics meet the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the eligibility requirements of the respective specialty boards. Candidates seeking admission to these programs must hold a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree or the foreign equivalent.  Students who complete the requirements of the program are awarded a degree of proficiency.


Postgraduate students enrolled in the advanced education specialty programs of endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics will be enrolled in the Master of Science in Dentistry Degree program.   The goal of the program is to develop well-trained clinicians capable of providing biologic, scientific and knowledge based patient care.  The program will develop potential faculty members with a comprehensive background of clinical experience, basic science knowledge, and an understanding of research methodology.  The School of Dentistry considers a research experience to be an important component in preparation for a specialist career.

Program Basic Structure:

1.  Total Credit Hours 36

      1)  9 credit hours-for research (6) and research manuscript (3)

      2)  12 credit hours selected from the following interdisciplinary courses

            a)  DENT 5510-Advanced Topics in Oral Biology and Dentistry 5 to 12 credit hours

                 1)  Immunology

                 2)  Research Methodology*

                 3)  Statistical Methods*

                 4)  Pulpal and Periodontal Biology

                 5)  Oral Medicine

                 6)  Oral Biology

                7)  Oral Pathology Diagnosis

                8)  Advanced Radiology

                9)  Dental Materials


            b)  DENT 5511-Comprehensive Pain Management  2 credit hours

           c)  ANAT 5407-Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 3 credit hours

           d)  GDENT 5504-Pain Control and Sedation  2 credit hours

           e)  DENT 5512-Interdisciplinary Special Topics in Dentistry 2 credit hours

     3)  15 credit hours from seminar courses of the Advanced Education programs.

                 Examples of courses:

              ENDO 5103-Topical Literature Review

              ENDO 5105-Journal Club

              ENDO 5104-Clinical Seminar

              ORTHO 5201- Orthodontic Seminar

              ORTHO 5207-Orthodontic Theory and Diagnosis

              ORTHO 5217-Case Analysis

              PEDO 5310-Minor Tooth Movement

              PEDO 5304-Case Analysis and Treatment Planning

              PEDO 5308-Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Seminar

              PERIO 5408-Literature Review Seminar

              PERIO 5413-Case Presentation

              PERIO-5411-Journal Club

              PROST 5502-Prosthodontics Literature Review

              PROST 5503- Prosthodontic Treatment Planning Seminar

              PROST 5514-Principles of Prosthodontics

  II.  Student must complete an approved publishable manuscript based on original research.

 III.  Student must complete requirements of the specialty certificate program.

Program Length 24 to 36 months

 The School of Dentistry Office of Advanced Education provides administrative support for the program.  The School of Dentistry Committee on Advanced Education provides academic oversight of the program.


Residency and advanced education programs in comprehensive dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery also meet the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery satisfies the requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Students enrolled in advanced education programs are bound by the same rules and regulations that apply to other students of the school of dentistry, and these guidelines are stated elsewhere in this catalog.

Grading System

For the Advanced Dental Education programs, students must maintain a “B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) overall Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of each grading period (semester, trimester, etc.) during the program. An average below 3.0 places the student on academic probation. In most cases academic probation must be removed within one semester in order for the student to continue in the program. However, extenuating circumstances may allow an additional semester for removal of probation. If the overall GPA is not brought up to an overall “B” (3.0) average by that time, the student will be dismissed for academic reasons.

 Inquiries should be directed to the director of advanced education.

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