Pediatric Dentistry - Certificate

The certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is offered by Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, located in Dallas, Texas. This is a 24-month certificate program beginning mid to late June each year.  Up to 11 new positions are available each year.  All applicants must have a DDS or DMD degree.  All applicants must have a MATCH number and all applications must be made through the PASS program portal.  Applicants must submit official transcripts and scores from the National Board Dental Examinations and the Advanced Dental Admission Test.  The deadline to apply is October 1 of each year.

The program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to offer the advanced education student a curriculum balanced in didactic and clinical areas. The primary goal of the program is to develop a biologically oriented, technically capable, and socially sensitive pediatric dentist capable of providing comprehensive care to all pediatric patients.  Emphasis is placed on hospital dentistry, special needs patient care, sedation and interceptive orthodontics. Clinical training is provided in two hospitals and one university-based clinic. Clinical instruction includes: training in advanced diagnosis and treatment planning, traumatic injuries, pharmacological and non-pharmacological behavior management, and interceptive orthodontics. Hospital and operating room protocol, oral rehabilitation and prevention are included in the clinical component. Clinical rotations include: assignments to the dental clinics at Children’s Medical Center, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and the College of Dentistry. In addition, there are other hospital clinical rotations such as anesthesia, craniofacial team, emergency on-call and pediatric medicine.

Didactic training is university-based with support from hospital and special care facility personnel.  Didactic instruction consists of core curriculum courses and seminars in pediatric dentistry. The majority of core courses are assigned during the first year to provide a solid base for the pediatric specialty course and allow more time for clinical experience in the second year. All aspects of the specialty of pediatric dentistry are included in the didactic instruction. The didactic courses comprise approximately 20% of the program.

Teaching responsibilities, including technique classes and clinical instruction, are required by the program. A research project suitable for publication is required for the certificate.  Upon successful completion of all components of the program, the student receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  It is required that each resident take the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry qualifying examination prior to graduation from the residency program.

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An optional, 32 credit hour MS in Oral Biology or a 42 hour online MPH (starting Fall 2017) may be attempted during the pediatric dentistry residency program.  These programs are not fully integrated with the certificate program. It is anticipated that candidates pursuing both a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and an advanced degree will require additional time in residency to achieve the advanced degree and also additional tuition will be paid.

In lieu of an MPH, a student may elect to pursue an online Certificate in Public Health.

To complete the certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, students must remain continuously enrolled for 24 months, successfully complete 48 semester credit hours and an approved research project .  There is no advanced standing granted for previous clinical specialty training or advanced degrees.

The MS in Oral Biology is optional and if accepted into this program, students must complete an additional 32 semester credit hours, conduct a research project, and successfully defend a written thesis.  It is anticipated that a MS candidate will submit his/her research for publication.

If accepted into the MPH program (starting Fall 2017), students will complete an additional 42 credit hours and fulfill a practicum requirement.

Students in the Certificate, MS or MPH program must remain continuously enrolled and be enrolled the semester in which the degree is to be awarded.

Please see the catalog pages for the MS in Oral Biology and the MPH program for more information regarding application and curriculum for these programs.

In accordance with Student Rule 10.4.1, grades of S or U may be assigned in certain officially designated certificate courses.