Prosthodontics - Certificate

The combined Prosthodontic Certificate and MS in Oral Biology program provides progressive, post-graduate level instruction in clinical, laboratory, and didactic training, in fixed, removable, maxillofacial, and implant prosthodontics.

The interrelation of other medical/dental clinical specialties is also emphasized. The program integrates all facets of the biomedical sciences with a comprehensive clinical experience culminating in the award of a certificate in prosthodontics and an MS in Oral Biology. The program emphasizes the diagnostic process and current approaches to instrumentation and occlusion are stressed. Opportunities for implant placement and restoration of many implant systems also exist.

The program is three years in length and is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion leads to a specialty certificate and also qualifies the graduate for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics. The flexibility of the program permits the postdoctoral student to progress optimally, developing and building upon his or her background. Thus, within the requirements of the program, the schedule for each student is developed individually to fulfill needs and objectives. The program goals and objectives are to:

  1. produce a graduate who is competent/proficient in all aspects of clinical/laboratory prosthodontics and has the didactic knowledge on which to base treatment;
  2. produce a graduate who will have the foundation for scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving;
  3. prepare the graduate for successful certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics;
  4. prepare and motivate the graduate for a lifetime of scholarly pursuit and active involvement in the specialty and profession; and
  5. provide a program environment that is patient-centered, serves the students, faculty, and staff, and contributes to the advancement of knowledge.

The program is open to applicants with a DDS/DMD (or equivalent) only. All students are enrolled in the combined MS/Certificate program. Criteria for student selection includes: academic record, research and publication records, extracurricular achievement, honors and awards, class standing, professional experience and additional training, references, and the personal interview. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all international applicants. English-language testing scores are required for international applicants from non-English-speaking countries. The National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) and Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) scores are required for all United States trained applicants. The program also participates in the Post Doctoral Matching Program for Prosthodontics (MATCH). For additional information about the Certificate in Prosthodontics, visit

Students in this combined certificate/MS program may take up to 20 hours of 691 Research as a part of their combined program.

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.

PROS 600Mock Board Examination I0.0
PROS 601Mock Board Examination II0.0
PROS 602Mock Board Examination III0.0
PROS 603Journal Club I0.0
PROS 604Journal Club II0.0
PROS 605Journal Club III0.0
PROS 606Journal Club IV0.0
PROS 607Journal Club V0.0
PROS 608Journal Club VI0.0
PROS 609Journal Club VII0.0
PROS 610Journal Club VIII0.0
PROS 611Journal Club IX0.0
PROS 612Treatment Planning and Clinical Review I0.0
PROS 613Treatment Planning and Clinical Review II0.0
PROS 614Treatment Planning and Clinical Review III0.0
PROS 615Treatment Planning and Clinical Review IV0.0
PROS 616Treatment Planning and Clinical Review V0.0
PROS 617Treatment Planning and Clinical Review VI0.0
PROS 618Treatment Planning and Clinical Review VII0.0
PROS 619Treatment Planning and Clinical Review VIII0.0
PROS 620Treatment Planning and Clinical Review IX0.0
PROS 621Interdisciplinary Conferences I0.0
PROS 622Interdisciplinary Conferences II0.0
PROS 623Interdisciplinary Conferences III0.0
PROS 624Interdisciplinary Conferences IV0.0
PROS 625Interdisciplinary Conferences V0.0
PROS 626Interdisciplinary Conferences VI0.0
PROS 627Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review I0.5
PROS 628Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review II1.0
PROS 629Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review III1.0
PROS 630Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review IV0.5
PROS 631Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review V1.0
PROS 632Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review VI1.0
PROS 633Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review VII0.5
PROS 634Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review VIII1.0
PROS 635Prosthodontic Topic Literature Review IX1.0
PROS 638Related Discipline Seminars I1.0
PROS 639Related Discipline Seminars II1.0
PROS 640Related Discipline Seminars III1.0
PROS 641Related Discipline Seminars IV1.0
PROS 642Advanced TMD and Occlusal Concepts and Treatments1.5
PROS 643Clinical Teaching1.0
PROS 645Advanced Implant Concepts and Treatment1.5
PROS 648Occlusal Concepts and Techniques I1.5
PROS 649Occlusal Concepts and Techniques II1.5
PROS 650Geriatric Prosthodontics1.0
PROS 651Implant Concepts and Techniques, Surgical Placement0.0
PROS 652Clinical Prosthodontics I3.0
PROS 653Clinical Prosthodontics II3.0
PROS 654Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics I2.5
PROS 655Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics II4.0
PROS 656Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics III4.0
PROS 657Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics IV2.5
PROS 658Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics V5.0
PROS 659Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics VI5.0
PROS 691Research2.0
Total Semester Credit Hours50.5
Must complete 35 months of residency, total credit hours specified, any noncredit courses specified, and be approved by the Promotions Committee for this certificate to be awarded. 
The MS in Oral Biology is required, for which students must complete an additional 32 semester credit hours, conduct a research project, and successfully defend a written thesis.
If an applicant has previously been awarded a PhD, the Program Director may, at his/her discretion, allow the student to complete the required MS using the non-thesis option. The non-thesis MS in Oral Biology consists of 36 hours of courses. 

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