School for Aspiring Prosthodontists: How to Choose

Postgraduate residency programs, commonly resulting in a certificate and qualifying students for the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) certification examination, are available across the U.S. through dental schools.

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After earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, students can enroll in prosthodontics residency programs. There are also school that offer prosthodontic studies at the graduate level, which students may earn while also working toward a DDS.

10 Prosthodontics Programs

It is possible to find training in prosthodontics at these schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered* Tuition (2015-2016)**
University of California at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public Residency N/A
University of California at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Residency N/A
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Master's $20,638 in-state, $41,688 out-of-state
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Master's $9,143 in-state, $26,354 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Residency N/A
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Residency N/A
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private Master's $42,280
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public Postgraduate certificate $80,925*
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $47,422
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Master's $41,832

Sources: *School website, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

These are some important considerations for students considering prosthodontics programs:

  • You may want to consider completing a Master of Science in Dentistry in simultaneity with a residency.
  • If you are interested in a particular subfield, such a dental photography, you should look for a school that offers coursework and practical training in that area.
  • Students who are interested in academic research careers should look for a school that offers an educational track to support this goal.
  • You may want to check whether a school whether students have the opportunity to use cutting-edge, up-to-date equipment, such as the Cardiax, Procera, and T-Scan machines.

Post-Doctoral Prosthodontics Residency Overview

A post-doctoral prosthodontics program is most commonly offered as a 3-year residency program that results in a certificate, though completion times may vary. These programs are designed to satisfy ABP requirements for certification as well as American Dental Association standards. Coursework and clinical experiences are both part of the program.

A residency in prosthodontics, which may be pursued at the same time as a master's degree, can provide students with the practical training they need for clinical work or research careers in the future.

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