Dentistry Certificate: Periodontics

KORNBERG SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

Learn more about the certificate in Periodontics.

About the Certificate

The postgraduate certificate in Periodontology provides qualified dentists with specialized clinical training and research-focused education in periodontology and oral implantology, with a particular emphasis on surgical oral implantology. Students earn a certificate in Periodontics and a simultaneous Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences.

The rigorous 36-month, full-time postgraduate program prepares students for practice, teaching and research in periodontology and oral implantology. Students receive advanced education related to the attachment apparatus of the dentition, as well as the diseases and conditions that affect teeth. Students also study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 36 months

Campus Location: Health Sciences Center

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Full-time study is required.

Job Prospects: Students who graduate with the Periodontology certificate program are well prepared to pursue a specialized career in periodontics, whether in academics, administration, clinical and private practice, or research. Graduates have expertise in periodontics and oral biology, as well as the experience and compassion necessary for a patient-centered practice.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may enroll in some courses with permission from the course instructor and approval from the Kornberg School of Dentistry Office of Graduate Education.

Financing Opportunities: Limited financial support is available for dental residents.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Summer: September 15 to start the following year

APPLY ONLINE to this professional certificate program through ADEA PASS.

Also APPLY ONLINE to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.

Applicants for the Periodontics certificate program can utilize the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), which is a centralized application service sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for individuals applying to advanced dental education programs. The ADEA PASS application must be completed via the ADEA's website at https://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/PASS/applicants/.

All Periodontics applicants must submit their application materials to PASS by September 15 to allow PASS sufficient time to process their materials and submit them to Temple by our October 1 deadline. Please check with PASS to ensure that your information has been received as they will only forward completed records to Temple University for assessment.

All Periodontics applicants are also required to apply to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program through National Matching Services Inc. at https://natmatch.com/dentres/.

Four individuals are selected each year for full-time matriculation into the Periodontics certificate program. Preference is given to academically accomplished candidates who have one or more years of clinical practice experience or have completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) or an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. Preference is also given to applicants with prior research experience/training, scientific publications and/or prior advanced degrees in basic science/biomedical fields.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from dental school faculty. At least two of the letters must be written by faculty who can evaluate the applicant’s clinical skills. These must be on appropriate letterhead and sent directly from the dental school faculty to the Program Director at Kornberg School of Dentistry Office of Graduate Education.

Degree Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants must hold the DDS or DMD degree from a U.S. or Canadian dental school accredited according to the standards of the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

International applicants must verify that their training is equivalent to a CODA-accredited institution by using one of these foreign academic credentialing services: World Education Services or Education Credential Evaluators.

Standardized Test Scores:
NBDE: Required. All applicants must have passed the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I and Part II. If the applicant is currently a senior dental student, results from Part II may be forwarded directly to Kornberg School of Dentistry once received.

TOEFL iBT: 100 minimum required.

Transcripts and Credential Evaluation: Official transcripts from all colleges, universities and dental schools attended must be submitted. Transcripts should include GPA and class rank. Submit transcripts through the ADEA PASS application.

Note that PASS does not accept undergraduate college transcripts. Applicants must send official transcripts for their undergraduate study directly to Kornberg School of Dentistry at https://apply.temple.edu/DENTAL_CERT/ as part of the required Temple University application identified below.

Resume: Current resume required. Submit resume through the ADEA PASS application.

Writing Sample: An essay must be submitted.

Supplemental Document: When applying to the Periodontics certificate program, a separate Temple University application and application fee of $50 are required. SUBMIT ONLINE the Temple application and fee.

Acceptance: Applicants who are accepted into the Periodontics certificate program are rank-ordered, and their names are submitted to National Matching Services Inc. Notification of their match with a program occurs on the date chosen by National Matching Services Inc.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required: 123

Required Courses:

OHSC 8011Molecular Oral and Craniofacial Biology1
OHSC 8012Advanced Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics1
OHSC 8013Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry1
OHSC 8014Clinical Anatomy of the Head and Neck1
OHSC 8015Research Methodology and Study Design1
OHSC 8016Cases in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology1
OHSC 8017Oral Microbiology and Immunology1
OHSC 8018Biostatistics1
OHSC 8019Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology1
OHSC 8033Bioethics and Critical Thinking in Dentistry1
OHSC 9991Research in Oral Health Sciences 14
OHSC 9993Master's Research Qualifying Examination1
OHSC 9996Master's Thesis in Oral Biology1
PERG 8300Periodontal Case Presentations 112
PERG 8301Introduction to Postgraduate Periodontology2
PERG 8302Biology and Pathology of the Periodontium2
PERG 8306Introduction to Oral Implantology1
PERG 8309Clinical Oral Implantology 16
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review 112
PERG 8313Conscious Sedation 14
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review 16
PERG 8340Oral Implantology Literature Review 14
PERG 8350Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Dental Treatment Planning Grand Rounds 112
PERG 9385Clinical Periodontal Practice 136
PERG 9387Practice Teaching Periodontology 110
Total Credit Hours123

Proposed Plan of Study Outlined by Year and Term 

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
OHSC 8013Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry1
OHSC 8015Research Methodology and Study Design1
OHSC 8017Oral Microbiology and Immunology1
OHSC 8018Biostatistics1
OHSC 8019Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology1
PERG 8300Periodontal Case Presentations12
PERG 8301Introduction to Postgraduate Periodontology2
PERG 8302Biology and Pathology of the Periodontium2
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review12
PERG 8313Conscious Sedation12
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review11
PERG 8350Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Dental Treatment Planning Grand Rounds12
PERG 9385Clinical Periodontal Practice18
PERG 9387Practice Teaching Periodontology12
 Term Credit Hours28
Spring
OHSC 8011Molecular Oral and Craniofacial Biology1
OHSC 8012Advanced Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics1
OHSC 8014Clinical Anatomy of the Head and Neck1
OHSC 8016Cases in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology1
OHSC 8033Bioethics and Critical Thinking in Dentistry1
PERG 8300Periodontal Case Presentations12
PERG 8306Introduction to Oral Implantology1
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review12
PERG 8313Conscious Sedation12
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review11
PERG 8350Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Dental Treatment Planning Grand Rounds12
PERG 9385Clinical Periodontal Practice110
PERG 9387Practice Teaching Periodontology12
 Term Credit Hours27
Year 2
Fall
OHSC 9991Research in Oral Health Sciences12
OHSC 9993Master's Research Qualifying Examination1
PERG 8300Periodontal Case Presentations12
PERG 8309Clinical Oral Implantology12
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review12
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review11
PERG 8340Oral Implantology Literature Review12
PERG 8350Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Dental Treatment Planning Grand Rounds12
PERG 9385Clinical Periodontal Practice18
PERG 9387Practice Teaching Periodontology12
 Term Credit Hours24
Spring
OHSC 9991Research in Oral Health Sciences11
PERG 8300Periodontal Case Presentations12
PERG 8309Clinical Oral Implantology12
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review12
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review11
PERG 8340Oral Implantology Literature Review12
PERG 8350Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Dental Treatment Planning Grand Rounds12
PERG 9385Clinical Periodontal Practice110
PERG 9387Practice Teaching Periodontology12
 Term Credit Hours24
Year 3
Fall
OHSC 9991Research in Oral Health Sciences11
PERG 8300Periodontal Case Presentations12
PERG 8309Clinical Oral Implantology12
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review12
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review11
PERG 8350Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Dental Treatment Planning Grand Rounds12
 Term Credit Hours10
Spring
OHSC 9996Master's Thesis in Oral Biology1
PERG 8300Periodontal Case Presentations12
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review12
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review11
PERG 8350Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Dental Treatment Planning Grand Rounds12
PERG 9387Practice Teaching Periodontology12
 Term Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours: 123

Contacts

Certificate Program Web Address:

https://www.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/periodontics-certificate-graduate-dn-perg-dent

Department Information:

Dept. of Periodontology and Oral Implantology

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

3223 N. Broad Street, Room 301

Philadelphia, PA 19140

perio@temple.edu

215-707-7667

Fax: 215-707-7107

Submission Address for PASS Application Materials:

https://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/PASS/applicants/Pages/default.aspx

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) Contacts:

passinfo@passweb.org

617-612-2065

Submission Address for Temple University Application Materials:

https://apply.temple.edu/DENTAL_CERT/

Submission Address for Application to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program:

https://natmatch.com/dentres/

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Dept. of Periodontology and Oral Implantology

perio@temple.edu

215-707-7667

Fax: 215-707-7107

Graduate Program Director:

Merriam Seyedain, DMD

Assistant Professor

seyedeh.merriam.seyedain@temple.edu

215-707-2000