Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

The program in pediatric dentistry is designed to offer the advanced student a balanced curriculum in both didactic and clinical areas. Particular emphasis is placed on hospital dentistry, conscious sedation, interceptive orthodontics and special patient care. The program is administered by the Department of Developmental Dentistry, of the School of Dentistry, and is approved and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted to the certificate programs through registration as postdoctoral certificate students in the School of Dentistry. To be eligible for admission, individuals must have earned a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree or non-U.S. equivalent prior to matriculation and must present their dental education transcripts, three letters of recommendation and three personal potential index evaluations. A personal interview is required.

All applications should be submitted through the PASS program. The application cycle begins May 21st and continues through September 16th. 

Graduates of dental schools which have not been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation must have successfully passed the National Boards prior to application.

Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The Pediatric Dentistry Certificate students studying in Laredo receive 100% of their instruction off-site in Laredo.

Degree Requirements

A Certificate will be awarded upon the student’s successful completion of the prescribed curriculum with a 3.0 minimum grade point average, recommendation of the program director to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and certification by the Dean to the President.

The M.S. in Dental Science degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the certificate and the required courses in the Graduate School.

Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
PEDO 5020Pedi/Ortho Clinic I 2
PEDO 5026Orthodontics I 2
PEDO 5043Pediatric Dentistry 2 6
PEDO 5021Pedi & Ortho Clinic 2 5
PEDO 5027Orthodontics 2 2
PEDO 5042Pediatric Dentistry I 2
Spring
PEDO 5044Pediatric Dentistry 3 6
PEDO 5022Pedi/Ortho Clinic 3 6
PEDO 5028Orthodontics 3 1.5
PEDO 5051Pediatric Physical Diagnosis 1.5
 Total Credit Hours: 34.0
Second Year
FallCredit Hours
PEDO 6023Pediatric And Orthodontic Clinic 4 7
PEDO 6045Pediatric Dentistry 4 6
PEDO 6024Pediatric and Orthodontic Clinic 5 4.5
PEDO 6029Orthodontics 4 2
PEDO 6083Investigative Project 1
Spring
PEDO 6025Pediatric and Orthodontic Clinic 5 7
PEDO 6030Orthodontics 5 2
PEDO 6084Investigative Project 1
PEDO 6146Pediatric Dentistry 5 5
 Total Credit Hours: 35.5

Objectives/Program Outcomes

The Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry program at the Health Science Center is designed to prepare students to have the knowledge and clinical skills to provide comprehensive pediatric preventive and restorative oral health care to infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.

At the completion of the program the student will:

  1. Demonstrate excellence as a clinical pediatric dentist.
  2. Demonstrate excellence in evidence-based clinical practice.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge base of medical and dental diseases and their management according to accepted standards of care in the pediatric dental setting.
  4. Complete a research project that includes protocol development, data accumulation and analysis, preparation of a scientific paper and presentation of findings in a scientific forum.

Program Policies

Probation and Dismissal

An advanced education student may be placed on academic probation for reasons of substandard performance in didactic, clinical, behavioral or professional/ethical areas.  A student whose overall grade point average falls below B (3.0) or who receives a final grade of D, F or U for any course during any one grading period will be considered for a recommendation of academic probation by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee of the appropriate program. A recommendation for probation will be made to the Advanced Education Committee’s (AEC) Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which is comprised of the Program Directors of all the Advanced Education Programs in the School of Dentistry and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Only the Program Directors will be voting members of this Subcommittee; the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will serve in an ex officio capacity as a non-voting member.  In addition, the departmental Residency Oversight Committee may recommend to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee that a student be placed on academic probation for clinical, behavioral or professional/ethical performance that does not meet the standards of the program. The AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee will formally place the student on academic probation upon majority vote of the members.

A student placed on academic probation will be given written notification by the Chair of the Advanced Education Committee of such status. This notification will serve as an official warning to the student that her or his didactic, clinical, behavioral and/or professional/ethical performance is below standard and continuation in the postgraduate program is in jeopardy.  The student will be allowed an opportunity to correct the substandard performance that led to academic probation status over a probationary time period determined by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. At subsequent monthly AEC meetings, the Program Director of the affected residency will report to the AEC on the status of the probated student’s progress. Upon the student’s successful correction of performance deficiencies, he or she will be removed from academic probation.  A student will remain on probation for as long as her or his cumulative GPA is below 3.0. While on probation, a student must maintain a B average in those courses for which he or she is registered or be considered for dismissal recommendation by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. A recommendation to remove the student from academic probation will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which will remove academic probation status upon majority vote on the members.

If the substandard performance that led to academic probation is not corrected, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program.  A recommendation for dismissal will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee. The AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee will consider the recommendation for dismissal and will formally dismiss the student from the program upon majority vote of the members.  A student will be subject to dismissal actions without a probationary period if he or she receives a final grade of D or F for 4 (four) or more credit hours of required course work during a single grading period.

During academic probation and dismissal actions, the student may address the AEC Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee in writing or may request permission to appear before the Subcommittee to present her or his views. The Advanced Education Committee will transmit recommendations for dismissal through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to the Dean. Students may appeal academic dismissal to the School of Dentistry Dean. 

PEDO 5020. Pedi/Ortho Clinic I. 2 Credit Hours.

The postdoctoral program in pediatric dentistry is designed to provide each resident with clinical experience that will enable her or him to function as a proficient and competent provider of comprehensive dental services for children. Throughout the two-year program, residents will be expected to apply the information gained in the didactic part of the program to the delivery of dental care in the various clinical settings encompassed by the program. Although supervision by faculty is always provided, residents are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and initiative as they progress in clinical experience.

PEDO 5021. Pedi & Ortho Clinic 2. 5 Credit Hours.

The postdoctoral program in pediatric dentistry is designed to provide each resident with clinical experience that will enable her or him to function as a proficient and competent provider of comprehensive dental services for children. Throughout the two-year program, residents will be expected to apply the information gained in the didactic part of the program to the delivery of dental care in the various clinical settings encompassed by the program. Although supervision by faculty is always provided, residents are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and initiative as they progress in clinical experience.

PEDO 5022. Pedi/Ortho Clinic 3. 6 Credit Hours.

The postdoctoral program in pediatric dentistry is designed to provide each resident with clinical experience that will enable her or him to function as a proficient and competent provider of comprehensive dental services for children. Throughout the two-year program, residents will be expected to apply the information gained in the didactic part of the program to the delivery of dental care in the various clinical settings encompassed by the program. Although supervision by faculty is always provided, residents are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and initiative as they progress in clinical experience.

PEDO 5026. Orthodontics I. 2 Credit Hours.

This course comprises two seminar series in which orthodontic diagnosis and treatment principles for the primary and mixed dentitions are presented. Included also are laboratory technique exercises in which commonly used orthodontic appliances are constructed.

PEDO 5027. Orthodontics 2. 2 Credit Hours.

These seminars consist of a series of selected orthodontic topics that will be assigned to individual residents for presentation to their classmates and faculty. The course director will provide a seminal article on the assigned topic from which the resident will research additional references and present a seminar session based on the material.

PEDO 5028. Orthodontics 3. 1.5 Credit Hour.

These seminars consist of a series of selected orthodontic topics that will be assigned to individual residents for presentation to their classmates and faculty. The course director will provide a seminal article on the assigned topic from which the resident will research additional references and present a seminar session based on the material.

PEDO 5042. Pediatric Dentistry I. 2 Credit Hours.

This course comprises several seminar series and lectures on a variety of subjects pertinent to advanced pediatric dentistry. Included are conscious sedation, pulp therapy, traumatic dental injuries, cariology and prevention, periodontal problems, special patient care, infection control, restorative materials and techniques, radiographic principles and practice, and pediatric grand rounds.

PEDO 5043. Pediatric Dentistry 2. 6 Credit Hours.

This course is largely a continuation of lectures and seminars on the subject matter introduced in PEDO 5042 Pediatric Dentistry 1, but also adds case conferences and current literature seminars.

PEDO 5044. Pediatric Dentistry 3. 6 Credit Hours.

In part, this is a continuation of some lecture and seminar topics from PEDO 5043 Pediatric Dentistry 2. In addition, the following subject matter will be presented: behavior management, psychosocial growth and development, pediatric oral pathology, advanced nutrition, craniofacial growth and development, antibiotics, and analgesics and sedatives.

PEDO 5051. Pediatric Physical Diagnosis. 1.5 Credit Hour.

The pediatric dental resident will be given the opportunity to learn physical evaluation of a child's various systems to determine the patient's status prior to administration of general anesthesia.

PEDO 6023. Pediatric And Orthodontic Clinic 4. 7 Credit Hours.

The postdoctoral program in pediatric dentistry is designed to provide each resident with clinical experience that will enable him or her to function as a proficient and competent provider of comprehensive dental services for children. Throughout the two-year program, residents will be expected to apply the information gained in the didactic part of the program to the delivery of dental care in the various clinical settings encompassed by the program. Although supervision by faculty is always provided, residents are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and initiative as they progress in clinical experience.

PEDO 6024. Pediatric and Orthodontic Clinic 5. 4.5 Credit Hours.

The postdoctoral program in pediatric dentistry is designed to provide each resident with clinical experience that will enable him or her to function as a proficient and competent provider of comprehensive dental services for children. Throughout the two-year program, residents will be expected to apply the information gained in the didactic part of the program to the delivery of dental care in the various clinical settings encompassed by the program. Although supervision by faculty is always provided, residents are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and initiative as they progress in clinical experience.

PEDO 6025. Pediatric and Orthodontic Clinic 5. 7 Credit Hours.

The postdoctoral program in pediatric dentistry is designed to provide each resident with clinical experience that will enable him or her to function as a proficient and competent provider of comprehensive dental services for children. Throughout the two-year program, residents will be expected to apply the information gained in the didactic part of the program to the delivery of dental care in the various clinical settings encompassed by the program. Although supervision by faculty is always provided, residents are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and initiative as they progress in clinical experience.

PEDO 6029. Orthodontics 4. 2 Credit Hours.

These seminars consist of a series of selected orthodontic topics that will be assigned to individual residents for presentation to their classmates and faculty. The course director will provide a seminal article on the assigned topic from which the resident will research additional references and present a seminar session based on the material.

PEDO 6030. Orthodontics 5. 2 Credit Hours.

These seminars consist of a series of selected orthodontic topics that will be assigned to individual residents for presentation to their classmates and faculty. The course director will provide a seminal article on the assigned topic from which the resident will research additional references and present a seminar session based on the material.

PEDO 6045. Pediatric Dentistry 4. 6 Credit Hours.

A continuation of the case conferences, current literature seminars, and pediatric grand rounds, this course also introduces practice management and topics in clinical genetics.

PEDO 6083. Investigative Project. 1 Credit Hour.

Each resident is required to carry out an investigative project that may be laboratory-, clinic-, or library-based, depending on the interests of the student. Projects must be submitted in the form of a manuscript or publishable quality.

PEDO 6084. Investigative Project. 1 Credit Hour.

Each resident is required to carry out an investigative project that may be laboratory-, clinic-, or library-based, depending on the interests of the student. Projects must be submitted in the form of a manuscript or publishable quality.

PEDO 6146. Pediatric Dentistry 5. 5 Credit Hours.

This course continues the case conferences, current literature seminars, and pediatric grand rounds of PEDO 6045 Pediatric Dentistry 4, adding craniofacial anomalies seminars.