Advanced Education in General Dentistry - Certificate

Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) is housed within the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. It is a 12-month program that provides advanced training in clinical dentistry and applied basic sciences. The objectives of the program are to enhance competence and confidence in the various clinical disciplines that are integral components of dentistry. AEGD graduates should have a broader base of knowledge and experience to facilitate judgments in diagnosis, treatment planning, and decision making during treatment.

All courses within this program are taught face-to-face, on campus at the College of Dentistry in Dallas. This program may require off-campus assignments at local, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex hospitals or dental clinics.

Applications are accepted from graduates of all American Dental Association accredited dental schools, which include those in the United States and Canada. Successful National Board Dental Examination scores are required.  Potential students should apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The deadline for application is September 1.

Interviews of selected applicants are scheduled in October and November for the class beginning in the summer of the following year.

Program Goals

The AEGD program goals are to expand the scope and depth of the dentist's clinical skills and didactic knowledge; teaching them newest technologies in different disciplines, including digital workflow; and enable them to effectively provide comprehensive patient care to a wide range of population groups using the latest dental techniques and technologies. Accordingly, the program is structured to allow students to exercise increasingly independent judgment beyond that expected in the pre-doctoral curriculum.

The emphasis of the program is on diagnosis and treatment planning, comprehensive restorative dentistry, esthetic and implant dentistry, and digital dentistry and its application in different disciplines of dentistry. The program emphasizes the coordination of clinical care of all patients in a multidisciplinary setting.

Predominantly clinically oriented, it includes a didactic component of approximately twenty percent of scheduled time. Graduates of the AEGD program are awarded a Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry upon completion of all program requirements.

The clinical phase consists of experiences and instruction at a level beyond DDS training in the following areas: endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, operative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implants (surgical placement and restoration), a rotation in the graduate pediatric dental clinic, special care and medically compromised patients, and limited experience in orthodontics. Educationally qualified specialists in each of these areas participate in instruction and are always available for consultations.

The didactic component of the AEGD program provides the student with a broad academic background from which sound clinical judgments can be made regarding diagnosis, treatment planning, and the selection of the appropriate method of treatment for each individual patient. The didactic phase is scheduled on a regular basis and includes lectures, seminars, literature reviews, treatment planning conferences, clinical Oral pathology conferences and special projects. Examples of special projects may include table clinics and preparation of a professional lecture. The following areas of interest are included in didactic sessions: 

  • digital dentistry;
  • esthetic dentistry;
  • oral implantology;
  • fixed and removable prosthodontics;
  • endodontics;
  • oral pathology and oral medicine;
  • physical evaluation and internal medicine;
  • oral diagnosis and treatment planning;
  • preventive, operative, and conservative dentistry;
  • comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in the conscious patient;
  • geriatric dentistry;
  • special care, medically compromised patients, and geriatric dentistry;
  • asepsis, infection and hazard control; and
  • evidence based dentistry and current literature.

In addition, students will gain didactic knowledge and clinical experience in practice management techniques, which will enable them to be prepared to deal with acquiring, managing, and coordinating different types of potential practice situations they may explore upon graduation.

This program prepares students for the opportunity to pursue an occupational license.  Please refer to the Notification for Students Pursuing an Occupational License in our catalog for additional information.

AEGD 600Clinical Dentistry I0.0
AEGD 601Clinical Dentistry II0.0
AEGD 602Clinical Dentistry III0.0
AEGD 603Implant Dentistry1.5
AEGD 604Practice Management I1.5
AEGD 606Advanced Removable Prosthodontics1.5
AEGD 607Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics1.5
AEGD 608Advanced Clinical Periodontics1.5
AEGD 611Advanced Clinical Endodontics I2.0
AEGD 611Advanced Clinical Endodontics I2.0
AEGD 614Advanced Dentistry for Special Care Patients1.5
AEGD 615Treatment Planning Conference I1.5
AEGD 616Treatment Planning Conference II1.5
AEGD 617Treatment Planning Conference III1.5
AEGD 618Current Literature Review I1.5
AEGD 619Current Literature Review II1.5
AEGD 620Current Literature Review III1.5
AEGD 625Current Concepts in Operative Dentistry1.5
OMFS 625Physical Diagnosis and Internal Medicine1.0
PROS 651Implant Concepts and Techniques, Surgical Placement0.0
Total Semester Credit Hours24.5

Must complete 12 months of residency, total credit hours specified, any non-credit courses specified, and be approved by the Promotions Committee for this certificate to be awarded.

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