Prosthodontics Certificate

Overview

The Advanced Education in Prosthodontics Certificate Program provides a progressive clinical, laboratory and didactic experience in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics (including the surgical placement of implants). Graduates will be prepared to skillfully practice the clinical art and science of prosthodontics in a specialty practice, and will be prepared to complete the certification examination of The American Board of Prosthodontics.  

An optional M.S. in Dental Science degree track is available to qualified students.

 

Admissions Requirements

Mailing address for application, transcripts, test results, recommendations and future correspondence regarding the application:

Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, MSC 7912
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, Texas  78229-3900

  1. Graduation from dental school with D.D.S, D.M.D., or non-U.S. equivalent prior to matriculation.
  2. Completed Application for Admission Form for the Graduate Prosthodontics Program.  Applications are accepted between October 1st and August 1st of each Year.  There is a $50 USD application fee payable directly to the program with the Application for Admission Form submission.
  3. Completion of an ADEA PASS application.
  4. Transcripts:  one official transcript in a sealed envelope is required from each college/university attended.  If you have attended a non-U.S. college/university, all international transcripts must be evaluated by an approved foreign credentialing service.  Please contact our program office for a list of approved credentialing service providers.
  5. The GPA / Class Rank completed by the Office of the Dean at the dental school attended.
  6. Three professional evaluations (letters of recommendation) submitted through the PASS application.
  7. A brief curriculum vitae uploaded in the PASS application.
  8. Non-U.S. citizens who are permanent residents of the United States must provide a copy of both the front and back sides of their federal Green Card. All international students must provide their full legal name as it appears on immigration documents.
  9. Official Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) results if an international student and English is a second language.  The reported TOEFL results must be less than 2 years old at the time of submission.  The minimum required TOEFL score to be considered for acceptance is 92.
  10. Advanced Dental Aptitude Test (ADAT) scores.
    1. Required for all applicants who graduated from a dental school not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
    2. Required for all applicants from a CODA accredited dental school with Pass / Fail grading or a school that does not provide class ranking.
    3. Testing date should be selected to insure preliminary test scores are received by the program before August 15th of the application year.
  11. Submission deadline August 1st of the year preceding anticipated program start.  
  12. Personal interview if selected as finalist in selection process.

Degree Requirements

A certificate in prosthodontics will be awarded upon the student’s successful completion of the prescribed prosthodontic curriculum with a minimum 3.0 GPA, recommendation of the program director to the Dean for Student Affairs and certification by the Dean to the President.

The Master of Science in Dental Science degree will be awarded upon the student’s successful completion of the required courses in the sample plan of study below with a minimum 3.0 GPA, successful defense of M.S. thesis or manuscript for publication, award of a certificate in Prosthodontics, recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies and certification of the Faculty Council of the Graduate School to the President.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
INTD 6019Pharmacotherapeutics 1
PATH 5035Oral Pathology 2
PROS 5021Advanced Prosthodontics 1 1
PROS 5032Clinical Prosthodontics 1 4
PROS 5044OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 1 0.5
PROS 5072Literature Review Seminar 1 1
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1 1
PERI 5052Surgical Anatomy 1 1
PROS 5015Concepts Of Occlusion 1 1
PROS 5050Dental Implantology 1 1
PROS 5053Advanced Implant Prosthodontics 1 1.5
PROS 5067Supervised Teaching 1 1 1.5
MSDS 5020Dental Biomed Core 1 1 4
MSDS 5090Grad Research Methodology 1 2
MSDS 5121Biostatistics 1 1
Spring
ENDO 5060Current Concepts In Endo 1
PROS 5022Advanced Prosthodontics 1 1
PROS 5033Clinical Prosthodontics I 3
PROS 5045OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 1 0.5
PROS 5049Overview of Maxillofacial Pros 0.5
PROS 5073Literature Review Seminar 1 1
RESD 6021Advanced Dental Materials 3.5
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1 1
PROS 5068Supervised Teaching 1 1 2
MSDS 5021Dental Biomed Core 2 1 1
 Total Credit Hours: 38.0
Second Year
FallCredit Hours
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1
PROS 6022Advanced Prosthodontics 2 1
PROS 6031Clinical Prosthodontics 2 4.5
PROS 6046OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 2 0.5
PROS 6069Supervised Teaching 2 2
PROS 6073Literature Review Seminar 2 1
Spring
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1
PROS 6023Advanced Prosthodontics 2 1
PROS 6032Clinical Prosthodontics 2 4.5
PROS 6043Geriatric Dentistry 0.5
PROS 6047OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 2 0.5
PROS 6070Supervised Teaching 2 2
PROS 6074Literature Review Seminar 2 1
 Total Credit Hours: 20.5
Third Year
FallCredit Hours
INTD 6115Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Interdisciplinary Course 3 1
PROS 6033Clinical Prosthodontics 3 8
PROS 6036Maxillofacial Prosthodontics 1
PROS 6048Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics Seminar 3 0.5
PROS 6071Supervised Teaching 3 2
PROS 6075Literature Review Seminar 3 1
PROS 6121Advanced Prosthodontics 3 1
Spring
INTD 6115Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Interdisciplinary Course 3 1
PROS 6034Clinical Prosthodontics 3 6.5
PROS 6049Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics Seminar 3 0.5
PROS 6072Supervised Teaching 3 2
PROS 6076Literature Review Seminar 3 1
PROS 6122Advanced Prosthodontics 3 1
 Total Credit Hours: 26.5
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 This course is shared with the certificate and the M.S. Dental Science. 

Objectives/Program Outcomes

The primary goal of the Advanced Prosthodontic Education Program at the Health Science Center is to provide educational experiences for our students that create clinically competent prosthodontists.  It is our belief that board certification, sub-specialization and successful careers in research, teaching, private and institutional practice are all derivatives of prosthodontic clinical competence.  Our secondary goal is to provide a sufficient exposure to the derivative fields of the specialty to guide our students in their long term career decisions.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of education in biomedical sciences as a foundation for clinical prosthodontics.
  2. Students will demonstrate a historical and evidence-based understanding of contemporary prosthodontic practice.
  3. Students will successfully challenge progressive didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics (including surgical placement of implants) and demonstrate adequate preparation for skillful practice of the art and science of prosthodontics at the specialty level.
  4. Students will successfully practice in a service oriented model of specialty care with experiences that focus on the best interests of the patient in a climate of interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration.
  5. Students will successfully complete didactic and clinical instruction that will potentiate future roles as prosthodontic educators.
  6. Students will demonstrate adequate preparation to successfully challenge the certifying examinations of the American Board of Prosthodontics.
  7. Students will apply a sufficient understanding of dental research that will permit successful completion of a Master of Science degree or a scholarly publication / presentation.

Program Policies

Academic 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.  If the reason for academic probation was a GPA below 3.0, the 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. 

ENDO 5060. Current Concepts In Endo. 1 Credit Hour.

Modern thoughts and concepts in endodontics will cover diagnosis, the dental pulp and periapex, pulpalgia, and referred pain; vital pulp therapy; treatment of the acute apical abscess, cellulitides, restorative considerations for the endodontically treated tooth, endodontic surgery, and the cracked tooth. Other topics include avulsions, endodontic-periodontic interrelationships, current concepts in endodontics and an overview of endodontic research.

INTD 5013. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1. 1 Credit Hour.

A seminar that brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic,endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

INTD 6014. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This seminar brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic, endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

INTD 6019. Pharmacotherapeutics. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to review general principles of pharmacology; current and accepted pharmacotherapy for the medical management of pain, infection, and selected systemic diseases; and associated adverse drug events. It is based on the top 200 drugs dispensed by U.S. community pharmacies for the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of disease with special reference to dentistry.

INTD 6115. Perio/Pros/Endo/Ortho Interdisciplinary Course 3. 1 Credit Hour.

This is a seminar that brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic, endodontic and orthodontics postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

MSDS 5020. Dental Biomed Core 1. 4 Credit Hours.

The Biomedical Core Course will provide a multidisciplinary approach to basic science instruction as it relates to the clinical practice of dentistry. Both basic science and clinical science faculty will participate to provide a sound base of material required by each program. Individual programs will supplement the Biomedical Core Course in the basic science areas particular to that discipline. This combination of core instruction with individual supplementation should provide the advanced education student the appropriate background in biomedical science.

MSDS 5021. Dental Biomed Core 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a continuation of MSDS 5020 Dental Biomedical Core Course 1.

MSDS 5121. Biostatistics. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is designed to prepare the advanced education dentist with the knowledge of common statistical methods in order to critically evaluate the literature and to perform necessary analyses in support of their own research projects, particularly those directed at the completion of the Certificate from the Dental School and/or the Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

MSDS 5090. Grad Research Methodology. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to methods and techniques used in dental research. Topics will include basic assumptions and concepts of scientific research, selecting research topics, specifying objectives and hypotheses, literature reviews, and experimental design.

PATH 5035. Oral Pathology. 2 Credit Hours.

Clinicopathologic correlations, differential diagnosis, and therapeutic rationale are emphasized. The integration of history, physical findings, and clinical laboratory data with pertinent radiographic findings, clinical presentations, and anatomic pathology will be emphasized.

PERI 5052. Surgical Anatomy. 1 Credit Hour.

This course emphasizes the learning of the head and neck anatomy that is related directly to surgical procedures performed by periodontists and endodontists and the practice of prosthodontic dentistry. Anatomic structures related to implant placement receive special emphasis. Surgical complications related to anatomy are described. A prosection on human cadavers is presented with a strong emphasis on surgical anatomy.

PROS 5015. Concepts Of Occlusion. 1 Credit Hour.

Various concepts of occlusion with special emphasis on the clinical application of gnathology are the focus of this course. The laboratory phase includes the development of a functional occlusion through the cusp-fosa additive wax method and an occlusal equilibration technique.

PROS 5021. Advanced Prosthodontics 1. 1 Credit Hour.

This fall course for first-year advanced prosthodontics students is designed to provide the postdoctoral student with the didactic basis for advanced clinical prosthodontics care.

PROS 5022. Advanced Prosthodontics 1. 1 Credit Hour.

This spring course for first-year advanced prosthodontics students is designed to provide the postdoctoral student with the didactic basis for advanced clinical prosthodontics care.

PROS 5032. Clinical Prosthodontics 1. 4 Credit Hours.

This fall course for first-year advanced prosthodontics students is designed to provide extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of prosthodontics as a first course in a progressively more complex clinical prosthodontics curriculum. Each student will have the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive prosthodontics practice involving fixed, removable, and implant treatment procedures.

PROS 5033. Clinical Prosthodontics I. 3 Credit Hours.

This spring course for first-year advanced prosthodontics students is designed to provide extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of prosthodontics as a second course in a progressively complex clinical prosthodontics curriculum. Each student will have the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive prosthodontics practice involving fixed, removable, and implant treatment procedures.

PROS 5044. OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 1. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This fall course for first-year prosthodontics students is a seminar devoted to the discussion and coordination of treatment of patients under joint management by Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Graduate Prosthodontics.

PROS 5045. OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 1. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The spring course for first-year prosthodontics students is a seminar devoted to the discussion and coordination of treatment of patients under joint management by Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Graduate Prosthodontics.

PROS 5049. Overview of Maxillofacial Pros. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This course introduces the graduate student to the discipline of maxillofacial prosthetics. Emphasis is placed on treating patients requiring prosthetic devices for the head and neck area due to surgery or trauma.

PROS 5050. Dental Implantology. 1 Credit Hour.

This course offers graduate level students an introduction to the basics of the osseointegrated implant surgical and prosthetic technique. Lectures on advanced concepts of osseointegration therapy related to several implant systems are included.

PROS 5053. Advanced Implant Prosthodontics. 1.5 Credit Hour.

The objective of this course is to offer each student an opportunity to obtain background information, knowledge, and skills associated with dental implant treatment modalities.

PROS 5067. Supervised Teaching 1. 1.5 Credit Hour.

This course provides first-year prosthodontic residents the opportunity to teach complete denture laboratory skills to predoctoral students under the supervision of experienced prosthodontic educators.

PROS 5068. Supervised Teaching 1. 2 Credit Hours.

This spring course provides first-year prosthodontic residents the opportunity to teach complete denture laboratory skills to predoctoral students under the supervision of experienced prosthodontic educators.

PROS 5072. Literature Review Seminar 1. 1 Credit Hour.

This fall course for first-year prosthodontics students is the first of six courses given in a three-year continuum of classical literature review seminars. The broad field of prosthodontics literature is systematically reviewed with the objective of providing the postdoctoral student with a background of prosthodontic knowledge and history.

PROS 5073. Literature Review Seminar 1. 1 Credit Hour.

This spring course for first-year prosthodontic students is the second of six courses given in a three-year continuum of classical literature review seminars. The broad field of prosthodontics literature is systematically reviewed with the objective of providing the postdoctoral student with a background of prosthodontic knowledge and history.

PROS 6022. Advanced Prosthodontics 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This fall continuation course for second-year advanced prosthodontic students is designed to provide the postdoctoral student with the didactic basis for advanced clinical prosthodontic care.

PROS 6023. Advanced Prosthodontics 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This spring continuation course for second-year advanced prosthodontics students is designed to provide the postdoctoral student with the didactic basis for advanced clinical prosthodontic care.

PROS 6031. Clinical Prosthodontics 2. 4.5 Credit Hours.

This fall course for second-year advanced prosthodontic students is designed to provide extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of prosthodontics as a third clinical course in a progressively complex clinical prosthodontic curriculum. Each student will have opportunity to maintain a comprehensive prosthodontic practice involving fixed, removable, and implant treatment procedures (including surgical placement of implants).

PROS 6032. Clinical Prosthodontics 2. 4.5 Credit Hours.

This spring course for advanced prosthodontic students is designed to provide extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of prosthodontics as a course in a progressively more complex clinical prosthodontic curriculum. Each student will have the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive prosthodontic practice involving fixed, removable, and implant treatment procedures (including surgical placement of implants).

PROS 6033. Clinical Prosthodontics 3. 8 Credit Hours.

This fall course for advanced prosthodontic students is designed to provide extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of prosthodontics in a progressively more complex clinical prosthodontics curriculum. Each student will have the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive prostho­dontic practice involving fixed, removable, implant and maxillofacial prosthodontic patients.

PROS 6034. Clinical Prosthodontics 3. 6.5 Credit Hours.

This spring course for advanced prosthodontics students is designed to provide extensive clinical experience in the broad spectrum of prosthodontics in a progressively more complex clinical prosthodontics curriculum. Each student will have the opportunity to maintain a comprehensive prosthodontics practice of fixed, removable, implant, and maxillofacial prosthodontics patients.

PROS 6036. Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. 1 Credit Hour.

This clinical course provides the opportunity to experience treating patients on the Maxillofacial Prosthetics Service. Patients with congenital and acquired defects are treated under the supervision of the maxillofacial prosthodontics faculty.

PROS 6043. Geriatric Dentistry. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The objective of this course is to provide the clinical and didactic background necessary to address the limitations geriatric patients pose for prosthodontic specialty level diagnosis, planning and treatment.

PROS 6046. OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 2. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This fall semester course for second-year advanced prosthodontic students is the third in a continuum of seminar courses devoted to the discussion and coordination of treatments of patients under joint management of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics programs.

PROS 6047. OMS/Prosthodontics Seminar 2. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This spring semester course for second-year advanced prosthodontics students is the fourth in a continuum of seminar courses devoted to the discussion and coordination of treatments of patients under joint management of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics programs.

PROS 6048. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics Seminar 3. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This fall semester course for third year advanced prosthodontics students is a continuation of seminar courses devoted to the discussion and coordination of treatments of patients under joint management of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics programs.

PROS 6049. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics Seminar 3. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This spring semester course for third year advanced prosthodontics students is a continuation of seminar courses devoted to the discussion and coordination of treatments of patients under joint management of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics programs.

PROS 6069. Supervised Teaching 2. 2 Credit Hours.

This fall course is the first of two second-year advanced prosthodontics courses that provide students with the opportunity to teach fixed prosthodontic laboratory skills to predoctoral students under the supervision of experienced prosthodontic educators.

PROS 6070. Supervised Teaching 2. 2 Credit Hours.

This spring course is the second of two second-year advanced prosthodontics courses that provide students with the opportunity to teach fixed prosthodontic laboratory skills to predoctoral students under the supervision of experienced prosthodontic educators.

PROS 6071. Supervised Teaching 3. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is the first of two third-year advanced prosthodontics courses that provide students with the opportunity to teach prosthodontic clinical skills to predoctoral students under the supervision of experienced prosthodontic educators.

PROS 6072. Supervised Teaching 3. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is the second of two third-year advanced prosthodontics courses that provide students with the opportunity to teach prosthodontic skills to predoctoral students under the supervision of experienced prosthodontic educators.

PROS 6073. Literature Review Seminar 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This fall course for second-year advanced prosthodontics students is the third of six courses given in a three-year continuum of classical literature review seminars.

PROS 6074. Literature Review Seminar 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This spring course for second-year advanced prosthodontics students is the fourth of six courses given in a three-year continuum of classical literature review seminars.

PROS 6075. Literature Review Seminar 3. 1 Credit Hour.

This fall course for third year advanced prosthodontics students is the fifth of six courses given in a three-year continuum of classical literature review seminars.

PROS 6076. Literature Review Seminar 3. 1 Credit Hour.

This fall course for third year advanced prosthodontics students is the sixth of six courses given in a three-year continuum of classical literature review seminars.

PROS 6121. Advanced Prosthodontics 3. 1 Credit Hour.

This fall continuum course provides an open forum for a wide variety of faculty and guest consultants on topics of special interest to the specialty of prosthodontics.

PROS 6122. Advanced Prosthodontics 3. 1 Credit Hour.

This spring continuum course provides an open forum for a wide variety of faculty and guest consultants on topics of special interest to the specialty of prosthodontics.

RESD 6021. Advanced Dental Materials. 3.5 Credit Hours.

Students have an opportunity to become acquainted with sophisticated research equipment through hands-on exposures. Measurements of mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of commonly used dental materials give the student the opportunity to envision and formulate research projects in dental materials.