EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Certificate and Masters' Degree: Endodontics

The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is a 24-month certificate program of intensive study, research, and clinical activity designed to meet the formal requirements for eligibility to take the certifying examination of the American Board of Endodontics. Prior to the student's graduation, research results are expected to be formally written in publishable format and submitted for publication in a refereed scientific journal and a variety of 15 clinical cases must be submitted in the American Board of Endodontics format.

Students interested in obtaining a Master of Science degree have the opportunity of applying for the optional 30-month program. The master's degree is granted by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences after completion of all requirements for the certificate program, completion of an original research project, and the successful defense of a thesis based on the student's research.

The goal of the program is to develop well-trained clinicians capable of providing biologically based endodontic care and potential faculty members with a comprehensive background of clinical experience, current basic science knowledge relevant to endodontics, and an understanding of research methodology. Clinical experiences include the opportunity to provide diagnostic services, nonsurgical endodontic treatment and retreatment, and surgical endodontic treatment.

Upon completion of an introductory course in advanced endodontics utilizing various clinical techniques at the beginning of the first year, students begin to concentrate on perfecting chosen techniques to perform endodontic therapy in clinical practice. In the second year, students spend one half-day each week at the Audie Murphy Division, South Texas Veterans Health Care System treating medically compromised patients with endodontic problems. These experiences provide the opportunity to participate in physical evaluation of patients and to learn hospital protocol and operating room techniques. The postgraduate clinic is a modern facility designed to expose the student to state-of-the-art equipment including digital radiography. Each student has his/her own treatment room with individual radiographic capability and a Global surgical operating microscope.

CURRICULUM (*denotes Multidisciplinary Course)

First Year

Summer Term Credit
Case Presentations I 0.5
Dental Photography 0.5
Introduction to Advanced Endodontics 2.5
Literature Review 1.0
Pain Control and Sedation* 3.5
Research Methodology I* 1.5
Summer Total 9.5

Fall Term Credit
Biostatistics* 1.0
Case Presentations I 4.0
Clinical Endodontics I 2.5
Clinical Seminar I 1.0
Dental Biomedical Core 4.0
Endosseous Dental Implant* 1.5
Fundamentals of Dental Radiography* 1.0
Literature Review I 4.0
Oral Pathology* 2.0
Research* 1.0
Fall Total 22.0

Spring Term Credit
Case Presentations I 4.0
Clinical Endodontics I 3.0
Clinical Seminar I 1.0
Dental Biomedical Core* 1.0
Endodontic Surgical Anatomy 1.5
Literature Review I 4.0
Research* 1.0
Supervised Teaching* 1.0
Spring Total 16.5


Second Year

Summer Term Credit
Case Presentations II 1.0
Clinical Endodontics II 3.0
Literature Review II 3.0
Research 1.0
Summer Total 8.0

Fall Term Credit
Case Presentations II 4.0
Clinical Endodontics II 3.0
Clinical Seminar 1.0
Dental Pharmacology* 1.5
Hospital Endodontic Rotation 4.0
Literature Review II 4.0
Research* 2.0
Fall Total 16.5

Spring Term Credit
Case Presentations II 4.0
Clinical Endodontics II 5.0
Clinical Seminar II 1.0
Hospital Endodontic Rotation 1.0
Interdisciplinary Seminar 1.0
Literature Review II 4.0
Research* 2.0
Supervised Teaching* 1.0
Spring Total 18.0

Total credit hours for the Certificate Program: 90.5

Third year

Summer Term Credit
Clinical Endodontics III 2.5
Current Literature Review 0.5
Research 4.0
Summer Total 7.0

Fall Term Credit
Clinical Endodontics III 2.0
Clinical Seminar III 1.0
Current Literature Review 1.0
Research 3.0
Thesis 4.0
Fall Total 10.0

Total credit hours for the Master's Degree Program: 107.5