Graduate Program in Endodontics

The program is designed to satisfy in 24 (total) months the educational requirements for certification of eligibility for limitation of practice in endodontics, and examination by the American Board of Endodontics.  It conforms with the Guidelines for Advanced Study in Endodontics prepared by the American Board of Endodontics, the Education Committee of the American Association of Endodontists, and the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.  The incoming class enters July 1st every year.

Beyond the skills of a competent dentist, the student is expected to develop those skills and procedures consistent with the role of a specialist in endodontics.  These include:

  • the ability to diagnose and treat all manifestations of pulpal and periapical disease in the context of sound health care and comprehensive dental therapy.
  •  competency in all aspects of endodontic care: vital pulp therapy, non-surgical endodontic therapy, emergency care and surgical endodontic therapy—apicoectomy, root-end filling, root amputation and curettage.
  • thorough familiarity with the evidence basis of past and current literature pertaining to endodontics and understanding of research methods, so that future literature will form the basis for rational modification of concepts.

In addition, students are expected to demonstrate the ability to define an endodontically related research problem, develop a research protocol, carry out the research and prepare a presentation of the project.  Students also participate in undergraduate laboratory and clinical practice teaching.

A certificate in Endodontics and the degree of Master of Science will be granted by the University upon the satisfactory completion of all required courses and the research project.

Required courses include:

  • Preclinical Endodontic
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Oral Pathology
  • Endodontology
  • Research Methodology/Biostatistics
  • Microbiology-Immunology
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Pulp Biology
  • Advanced Endodontics
  • Endodontic Surgery
  • Endodontic Literature Review
  • Endodontic Case Review
  • Current Literature Review
  • Clinical Endodontics

It is possible for our graduate students to practice outside of the graduate program while enrolled.  However, this activity must not compromise the educational experience and the fulfillment of responsibilities to the patients and the Department of Endodontics.