Prosthodontics, Certificate

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at Penn Dental Medicine is designed to provide postdoctoral students with advanced training in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics. Successful completion of the 3-year program will satisfy the formal training requirement for eligibility for the American Board of Prosthodontics certification examination. This program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The program begins on July 1, and continues through 36 calendar months. Postgraduate students spend approximately 60% of their time in clinic and are exposed to all facets of clinical prosthodontics. In addition to the core basic science courses required for all postgraduate students, the prosthodontic specialty curriculum provides progressive clinical, laboratory and didactic training, closely supervised, at the postgraduate level in fixed, removable, implant and digital prosthodontics. Dental microscopy, maxillofacial prosthodontics, surgical implant planning, placement, and restoration, full digital dentistry workflow, aesthetics, and the interrelation of other medical/dental clinical specialties are integrated aspects of the training, culminating in the award of the Certificate in Prosthodontics.

The rotation at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania enhances the educational experience by providing a wider range of patients with maxillofacial prosthetics needs, deeper understanding of medical conditions, and close collaboration with medical colleagues and other members of the health care team.

Additional Program Options

Penn Dental Medicine also offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) and a Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) that can be earned concurrent with a specialty certificate, preparing students to successfully enter the field of academic dentistry while also becoming skilled clinicians in specialty care. Through the MSOB and DScD programs, students are encouraged to pursue their individual research interests with projects that can span the diverse disciplines and research labs within Penn Dental Medicine’s basic and clinical sciences and across the University.

This degree requires a minimum of 200 Credit Hours.


Introduction to Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics
Introduction to Advanced Removable Prosthodontics
Introduction to Implant & Digital Prosthodontics
Current Prosthodontics Lit Review I
Literature Review Seminar I
Treatment Plan Seminar I
Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics I
Advanced Surgical Seminar I
Current Prosthodontics Lit Review II
Literature Review Seminar II
Treatment Plan Seminar II
Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics II
Advanced Surgical Seminar II
Current Prosthodontics Lit Review III
Literature Review Seminar III
Treatment Plan Seminar III
Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics III
Advanced Surgical Seminar III
Hospital Rotation I
Predoctoral Teaching Rotation I
Current Prosthodontics Lit Review IV
Literature Review Seminar IV
Treatment Plan Seminar IV
Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics IV
Advanced Surgical Seminar IV
Hospital Rotation II
Predoctoral Teaching Rotation II
Current Prosthodontics Lit Review V
Literature Review Seminar V
Treatment Plan Seminar V
Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics V
Advanced Surgical Seminar V
Hospital Rotation III
Prosthodontics Research I
Current Prosthodontics Lit Review VI
Literature Review Seminar VI
Treatment Plan Seminar VI
Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics VI
Advanced Surgical Seminar VI
Hospital Rotation IV
Prosthodontics Research II

Core Graduate Dental Education Courses

Year 1
DADE 9330Ethics, Professionalism and Jurisprudence1-3
DADE 9340Evidence-based clinical practice1.75-3
DADE 9350Oral and systemic diseases3.75-5
DADE 9360Oral infection and immunity4-6
DADE 9370Conservative and regenerative clinical practice2-5
DADE 9380Vulnerable populations across the lifespan1.5-3.5

Master of Science in Oral Biology

The School of Dental Medicine also offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB). Enrollment in the MSOB program is limited to individuals concurrently registered in one of the postgraduate specialty training (certificate) programs. Candidates receive the MSOB degree after completion of both their specialty training and the Master’s curriculum, which consists of didactic, seminar, and research practicum courses. The MSOB program is comprised of two tracks designed for outstanding students who are interested in either integrating research or structured evidence-based learning into their post-graduate education.

Depending on the track selected, research activities or a systematic literature review form the core of the MSOB program. Students are expected to participate in a clinical or basic science research project of sufficient scope and intensity or a formally structured and critically evaluated literature review focused on an important oral health-related research or clinical question. A thesis composed of an in-depth review of the relevant literature along with a manuscript reporting the results of the research or a systematic review is required for graduation for the research and evidence-based learning tracks respectively.

Additional MSOB Course Requirements
Intro To Statistics
Systematic Reviews

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.