Periodontics - Certificate

This is a post-doctoral program for the specialty of dentistry in Periodontics. Only complete applications, received no later than June 15 of the year prior to anticipated enrollment, are reviewed (a year in advance). For additional information about the Certificate in Periodontics visit http://bcd.tamhsc.edu/periodontics/graduateprograms.html.

All US applicants must have completed at least three years of education at a United States dental school that has been accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). All US applicants must pass Part I of the National Dental Board Examinations and submit their score with their application. Official dental school transcripts and an official letter from the Dean stating class rank at the time of the application must be sent directly to the College of Dentistry. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must have been taken less than 5 years prior to the application deadline (June 15). All US applicants must submit a current Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association. All US applicants must hold a DDS or DMD degree from a US dental school (CODA accredited) prior to enrollment. All US applicants must pass Part 2 of the National Board Dental Examinations and have their score sent to the college prior to enrollment. Any US applicant that holds a DDS or DMD must submit all of the above at the time of application.

All international applicants must have completed dental school and hold the equivalent of a DDS or DMD and submit official dental school transcripts. These transcripts must be evaluated by Education Credential Evaluators and have the evaluation of grades/degree sent to the College of Dentistry. All international applicants must pass and submit their scores on Parts 1 and 2 of the National Board Dental Examinations at the time of application that are less than 5 years old. All international applicants must submit GRE scores that are less than 5 years old prior to anticipated deadline date (June 15) to the College of Dentistry. Any applicant that is a citizen of a country where English is not the native language must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language scores less than one year old. All international candidates must submit a current Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association.

Only the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. A committee of Periodontal faculty at the College of Dentistry selects future residents from the interviewed candidates. The program provides three years of Advanced Education in Periodontics, meeting all of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation standards.

Students must remain continuously enrolled for 34.5 months and successfully complete 52 semester credit hours. The MS in Oral Biology is also required, for which students must complete an additional 32 semester credit hours, conduct a research project, and successfully defend a written thesis.

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