Advanced Education Program in Endodontics

Program Deadline: July 1
Director: Dr. Fabricio Teixeira, D.D.S., PhD
Tel: (319) 335-7471
Fax: (319) 335-9663
E-Mail: maria-hennes@uiowa.edu
E-Mail: fabricio-teixeira@uiowa.edu

The University of Iowa
College of Dentistry
Dept. of Endodontics
343 Dental Science Building West
801 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1001


Required Number of Evaluations: 3
Sources: Candidate's choice
Attributes: Evaluator's choice

The Department of Endodontics at the University of Iowa provides advanced education to graduate students with an emphasis on didactic instruction, research and patient care. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to teach in the predoctoral program. Endodontic instruction in the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics is provided in the clinics of the Dental Science Building, the University Hospitals and Clinics, and the Department of Dentistry, Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Program Goals

  1. To provide training in endodontics consistent with the Advanced Education Standards provided by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  2. To train individuals for careers in private practice and/or academic dentistry.
  3. To provide quality patient care.
  4. To prepare students to design, conduct, and evaluate scientific investigations.
  5. To prepare students for the board certification process of the American Board of Endodontics.

Advanced Training Program

The advanced training program in endodontics balances clinical experience with didactic instruction in the relevant clinical and basic sciences. Students can expect to spend about half their time in direct patient contact with the remainder divided between formal course, teaching, and research. Protocol driven research is an integral component of the program and all advanced students are required to design and conduct an original research project. Preparation of a manuscript suitable for publication is also a requirement.

The advanced education programs offered by the Department of Endodontics are designed to provide qualified dentists with the scientific knowledge and clinical skills needed to competently practice endodontics and/or pursue a career in dental education and research. The Department of Endodontics in conjunction with the College of Dentistry and Graduate College offers different types of post-doctoral programs. Each will have similar clinical but different didactic experiences.

The Different Programs Offered

  • The Certificate Program requires a minimum of two calendar years (24 months) of full-time formal training. This program is designed to produce a practicing endodontist. No formal thesis is required; however, the student is required to design a research protocol, complete the research project, and prepare a scientific paper suitable for publication in a refereed journal. The Certificate Program is recommended for individuals wishing to pursue careers in private practice. Below please find a sample curriculum for the certificate program.

Certificate Year 1

Summer Session

Advanced Anatomy Head and Neck Surgery  - 1*

Dental Science Research Methodology - 2*

Update to Endodontics - 0

Fall Semester

Endodontic Literature Review I - 2*

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Research in Endodontics - 1

Seminar in Endodontics I - 2

Pain & Anxiety Control - 1

Statistical Methods for Dental Research - 3

Bone & Tooth Support Structure / Implant - 2

  • Offered odd years only

Advanced Dental Therapeutics - 1

Oral Pathology for Graduate Students - 1

  • Offered even years only

Spring Semester

Endodontic Literature Review II - 2*

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Researching in Endodontics - 1

Seminar in Endodontics II - 2

Patho-Physio Pulp Dentin - 2

  • Offered even years only

Oral Microbiology & Immunology - 2

  • Offered odd years only

Certificate Year 2

Summer Session

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3*
(mid May through mid August)

Research in Endodontics - 1

Fall Semester

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Research in Endodontics - 1

Endodontic Literature Review III - 2

Seminar in Endodontics III - 2

Dental Management for Patients with Complex Medical History - 2

Bone Tooth Support Structure / Implant - 2

  • Offered Odd Years Only

Oral Pathology for Graduate Students - 1

  • Offered Even Years Only

Spring Semester

Endodontic Literature Review IV - 2

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Research in Endodontics - 1

Seminar in Endodontics IV - 2

Patho-Physio Pulp Dentin - 2

  • Offered Even Years Only

Oral Microbiology & Immunology - 2

  • Offered Odd Years Only

Certificate Final Session & Electives

Summer Session

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3
(mid May through June 30)    

Electives

Mechanisms of Cellular Organization - 3

Survey of Immunology - 4

Microscopy for Biomedical Research - 3

Practice Management I - 1

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I - 4

Research Design in Dentistry - 2

Patho-Physiology of Skin and Oral Mucosa - 2

Current Concepts of Cariology - 2

  • The Master of Science Degree Program combined with the Certificate in Endodontics is a three-year program (36 months) requiring a minimum of 30 graduate level semester credit hours. In addition, students must conduct an original research project resulting in a formal thesis. The student will follow a plan of study outlined by the Department of Endodontics and comply with Graduate College regulations. Under most circumstances, the degree granted will be a master of science in oral sciences, although there are alternative M.S. degrees in other disciplines. Following successful completion of requirements, both an M.S. degree and a certificate in endodontics will be granted. The M.S. degree is recommended for individuals wishing to pursue academic careers. Below please find a sample curriculum for the master of science degree program.

Masters Year 1

Summer Session

Advanced Anatomy Head and Neck Surgery - 1

Dental Science Research Methodology - 2

Update in Endodontics - 0

Fall Semester

Endodontic Literature Review I -2

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Seminar in Endodontics I - 2

Pain & Anxiety Control - 1

Statistical Methods for Dental Research - 3

Bone & Tooth Support Structure & Implant - 2

  • Offered odd years only

Advanced Dental Therapeutics - 1

Oral Pathology for Graduate Students - 1

  • Offered even years only

Research in Oral Science - arr

Spring Semester

Endodontic Literature Review II - 2

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Seminar in Endodontics II - 2

Research Design in Dentistry - 2

Patho-Physio Pulp Dentin - 2

Oral Microbiology & Immunology 2

  • Offered odd years only

Research in Oral Science - arr

Course Name Course Hours
Mechanisms of Cellular Organization ABC:6220 3
Survey of Immunology MICR:3147 4
Microscopy for Biomedical Research MICR:5218 3
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 4
Current Concepts of Cariology ORSC:5250 2

Masters Year 2

Summer Session

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3
(mid May through mid August)

Research in Oral Science - arr

Course Name Course Hours
Mechanisms of Cellular Organization ABC:6220 3
Survey of Immunology MICR:3147 4
Microscopy for Biomedical Research MICR:5218 3
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 4
Current Concepts of Cariology ORSC:5250 2

Fall Semester

Endodontic Literature Review III - 2

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Seminar in Endodontics III - 2

Oral Pathology for Graduate Students - 1

  • Offered even years only

Bone Tooth Support Structure - 2

  • Offered odd years only

Research in Oral Science - arr

Spring Semester

Endodontic Literature Review IV - 2

Current Literature -1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Seminar in Endodontics IV - 2

Oral Microbiology & Immunology - 2

  • Offered odd years only

Research in Oral Science - arr

Course Name Course Hours
Mechanisms of Cellular Organization ABC:6220 3
Survey of Immunology MICR:3147 4
Microscopy for Biomedical Research MICR:5218 3
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 4
Current Concepts of Cariology ORSC:5250 2

Masters Year 3

Summer Session

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Research in Oral Science - arr

 

Course Name Course Hours
Mechanisms of Cellular Organization ABC:6220 3
Survey of Immunology MICR:3147 4
Microscopy for Biomedical Research MICR:5218 3
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 4
Current Concepts of Cariology ORSC:5250 2

Fall Semester

Current Literature - 1

Endodontic Surgery Conference - 2

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Research in Oral Science - arr

Course Name Course Hours
Mechanisms of Cellular Organization ABC:6220 3
Survey of Immunology MICR:3147 4
Microscopy for Biomedical Research MICR:5218 3
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 4
Current Concepts of Cariology ORSC:5250 2

Spring Semester

Thesis Preparation - 0

Advanced Clinical Endodontics - 3

Research in Oral Science - arr

Course Name Course Hours
Mechanisms of Cellular Organization ABC:6220 3
Survey of Immunology MICR:3147 4
Microscopy for Biomedical Research MICR:5218 3
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 4
Current Concepts of Cariology ORSC:5250 2
  • Alternative programs are available, such as a certificate in combination with a Ph.D. The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of five years (60 months). Upon completing original research and successfully defending a dissertation, students are granted a Ph.D. in a basic science area. Such programs are available by special arrangement and depend upon the experience and goals of the candidate. The Ph.D. degree is recommended for individuals seeking an academic career involving primarily research and clinical teaching.

Each advanced program satisfies training requirements outlined by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Endodontics. Individuals completing the program are encouraged to see board certification. Various activities throughout the course of study will prepare the students for the Board examination process. 

Submitting Applications Location

Applications to the University of Iowa Department of Endodontics Graduate Programs should be completed and sent to the PASS program. If there is extra material or items that they do not accept, please mail them directly to the Department of Endodontics, 343 Dental Science Building West, 801 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA 52242. Do not send any material or money to the University of Iowa Graduate College as PASS will handle the applications.

Goals of the Programs

The goal of these programs is to develop competent diagnosticians and clinicians. Specifically, advanced education students will:

  1. learn the scientific and clinical basis of endodontics
  2. develop clinical skills
  3. gain knowledge and experience of the educational process in order to function confidently as dental educators
  4. recognize the value of academic research by developing skills in designing, conducting, reporting, and publishing the results of original research
  5. establish a foundation of life-long learning

Program Strengths

A major strength of advanced endodontic training at The University of Iowa is the strong didactic curriculum. This problem-solving approach is used to develop skills in diagnosis and treatment-planning. An intensive study of the scientific literature provides the biological basis for understanding the etiology of pathosis as well as the rationale for treatment. Such an approach, combined with clinical experiences encompassing a variety of challenging diagnostic and treatment problems, establishes a strong foundation for a career as an endodontist.

Tuition & Expenses

Occupation:

Dentist, and other specialist. SOC code: 29-1029.00

This program is designed to be completed in 24 months

Upon completion of the program and receipt of the certificate, students would be educationally qualified to practice as a Endodontist, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).

Licensure Requirements:

This program meets licensure requirements in all 50 states.

Program Completion Rate:

Over the past 10 years the on time completion rate for the Certificate in Endodontics is 98%

Placement Rate for Students Completing the Certificate Program:

Placement rate for students completing the Certificate in Endodontics is 100%.

Costs:

This program will cost $96,963.50 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.

Tuition Projection - 1 Year
Endodontics Certificate only - 1st year summer fall spring
Tuition 0.00 0.00 0.00
Endodontic Certificate Fee 0.00 10782.50 10782.50
Technology Fee 0.00 80.75 80.75
Student Services Fee 0.00 19.75 19.75
Student Union Fee 0.00 31.00 31.00
Building Fee 0.00 30.75 30.75
Recreation Fee 75.00 75.00 75.00
Arts & Cultural Events Fee 0.00 8.50 8.50
Professional Enhancement 0.00 20.00 20.00
Student Health Service Fee 59.25 0.00 0.00
Mental Health Fee 0.00 0.00 0.00
Books 2500.00 0.00 0.00
Course Fees 3100.00 0.00 0.00
Endodontic Graduate Program Inst./Image/Device Fee 0.00 2500.00 2500.00
Endodontic Lab & Building Fee 0.00 1500.00 1500.00
Microscope Rental 0.00 1000.00 1000.00
SIMs Fee 0.00 1700.00 1700.00
International Student Fee 35.00 70.00 70.00
Health Insurance - July 1 to June 30
basic coverage for student only waived with proof of coverage.
500.00 1000.00 1500.00
Background Check 100.00 0.00 0.00
Hold Resident Spot for 10 months 1600.00 0.00 0.00
Iowa State License/Resident Permit 250.00 0.00 0.00
DEA Registration 90.00 0.00 0.00
Written Board Candidate 0.00 0.00 0.00
Travel to/From Meetings/Lectures 2000.00 0.00 0.00
Fellowship/Stipend Received 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total Expenses $10,309.25 $18,836.25 $19,336.25
       
International Student Non-US DDS* 0.00 27615.50 27615.50
Total Expenses for international Student without a US DDS $10,309.25 $46,451.75 $46,951.75

*International Students without a US recognized DDS will pay $55,231.00 for tuition and all of the fees listed above.

Endodontic students registered in the Graduate College under the Oral Science department who are participating in the certificate program, will also be charged the $21,565 per year academic fee

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES / YEAR
  SUMMER FALL SPRING
Room & Board 1963.34 3926.68 5890.02
Personal Expense 424.34 848.66 1273.00
Transportation 197.20 392.64 588.96
Total Living Expenses $2,584.88 $5,167.98 $7,751.98


For More information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please visit the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

Program Requirements

Maintenance of Academic Status

Students in all programs must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to receive the certificate and/or degree. If a student falls below this average, he/she will be allowed one semester to raise the average to the minimum level. The circumstances creating the deficiency will receive careful consideration.

Dental Practice Privileges

Students in all programs maintain a license and practice privileges in the College of Dentistry, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. Students accepted and enrolled in any of the programs WILL NOT involve themselves in private dental practice enterprises outside these areas. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in dismissal from the program.

Admissions Requirements

Application for the M.S. and certificate programs are accepted from both U.S. and foreign graduates (or those about to graduate). Applicants must be graduates of (or graduating from) an American Dental Association Council on Dental Education accredited program leading to the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree.

Persons with equivalent degrees from schools outside the United States are also eligible to apply if sponsored by their institution and agreeing to return to teach full-time. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a scale of 4.0) or equivalent is necessary for consideration for any of the programs.

Application Instructions

The Application Cycle for residents starting July 1, 2022 is closed and will open again mid May 2022. Thank you.


Please keep in mind the July 1 deadline for all applications to the University of Iowa Endodontic Graduate Program.

Application must be through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) website.  All items needed should be submitted with your PASS application, unless noted below.  The necessary information to include for the Certificate Program and Combined Oral Science MS/Certificate Program is:

  1. D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent dental training degree prior to your start the following year.

  2.  You may apply to our Endodontic Program without having either National Board Dental Examination - Part 1 and Part 2 passed at this time if you are taking the INBDE.  National Board Dental Examination - Part 1 and Part 2 OR INBDE must be successfully passed and official results sent prior to your start in our program next year, but no longer need to apply for our program no results need to be provided to apply for our program.

    • If your NBDE score(s) are not part of your IEF, Institute Evaluation Form, please upload the official NBDE results to your PASS application if you have successfully passed them.

    • You will not be able to start in our program it you have not passed both NBDE or the INBDE.

  3. PASS application.  The application can be requested from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) PASS Application Services Website: (https://portal.passweb.org/).  PASS Application Services has two phone lines for applicant inquiries: (202) 667-1886 and (202) 667-1887, or you may write to: PASS, 1625 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20036-2212.

    • The PASS website has an August 1st deadline, but the University of Iowa Endodontic Graduate Program is July 1st.  Please be mindful of this discrepancy when you apply through PASS.  Thank you.

  4. Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended must be upload to your PASS application. 

  5. Official transcripts from all graduate institutions attended.  To do this, when you enter your dental school attended on your application,  you will have the option to print a transcript request form. You must send this print out to the dental school you attended for them to send the official transcript directly to PASS. 

  6. Updated Curriculum Vitae.

  7. Personal Statement.

  8. Three letters of recommendation.

  9. Photograph - a 2 x 2 head shot.

    • This must be mailed or emailed directly to dentistry-endo@uiowa.edu and is the only item not uploaded to PASS by you.

    • Department of Endodontics
      ​801 Newton Road
      Iowa City, Iowa  52242

  10. Dental Diploma is not needed to apply for our program but must be obtain and provided at least six months prior to your start in the program, if accepted.  If you have a Dental Diploma, please upload it to your PASS Application or supply it if requested to interview.  If you cannot upload it and are invited to interview, we may ask for an electronic copy to be provided prior to the interview.

International Students from non-English-speaking Countries

***International students from non-English-speaking countries must also submit an acceptable TOEFL score of 81 or higher.  Any student who falls under 100, must complete English is the spoken language class.  If accepted into the Endodontic Program, the resident may have to be here the day before the meeting for this.  If not completed, they cannot register for classes.

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Endodontics: Certificate Program

  1. Each student follows a specific course of study and clinical practice for 24 months. Approximately half the program hours are spend in direct patient care.
  2. At least one original research project will be completed, presented and prepared for publication. The certificate will not be granted until a manuscript has been completed and submitted for publication. A library research project does not fulfill the research requirement.
  3. The mentor for the research may be from within or outside the Department of Endodontics.
  4. Presentation of the research material is to be made at the local IADR meeting and possibly at one or more national meetings. 
  5. A table clinic is to be prepared and presented at a local, state or national meeting.
  6. Clinical and didactic requirements are specific upon entrance to the program.
  7. Transcripts will be generated and maintained, with grades given in all courses.
  8. All completed cases will be reviewed and evaluated by a member of the Department of Endodontics faculty. Students will minimally complete 250 nonsurgical cases in the 2 years.
  9. Students will rotate through the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as the Veterans Administration Medical Center clinic. The nature and number of cases completed in the hospital setting are credited toward the total required cases and are reviewed.
  10. The student will prepare 15 cases in the format consistent with the criteria established by the American Board of Endodontics. These cases will be reviewed by external examiners.
  11. The student is required to take an oral exit examination during the second semester of the final year. This examination will follow the format of the oral examination given by the American Board of Endodontics and in most circumstances, will be administered by individuals from outside the college.  

Endodontics: Master of Science/Certificate Degree Program

  1. Information stated under the description of the Certificate program (items 2-5 on previous page) also applies to the MS/Certificate program, with the exception of research.

  2. A thesis, based upon scholarly research, will constitute a partial requirement for a Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences. The graduate student, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director in Endodontics, will be primarily responsible for selecting a thesis advisor and thesis committee.

  3. The MS thesis advisor may be a member of the Department of Endodontics or of another department of the College of Dentistry or the University. At least one member of the thesis committee must be a faculty member from the Department of Endodontics.

  4. All graduate students will write a research planning document or a protocol. The protocol will be presented before the thesis committee and invited faculty.

  5. Other faculty and graduate students may attend the final thesis examination.

  6. Minimum number of graduate credit semester hours required for the Master of Science degree with a major in Endodontics will normally be thirty (30) semester hours.

  7. The program will have a "vertical" curriculum. That, early in the program the majority of time is devoted to clinical courses and patient care, with more time for research toward the conclusion.

  8. Stipends will be allocated to graduate students according to funding availability. This will be determined on a yearly basis.

  9. All graduate students are subject to the rules of the Graduate College as set forth in the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College. Failure to fulfill or comply with requirements and guidelines as stated in the Graduate Program Information documents of the department shall constitute grounds for altering or extending the student's program, including probation or dismissal.

Endodontics: Ph.D. Program

  1. The research faculty of the College of Dentistry and the Department of Endodontics work closely with the Ph.D. Program Director to coordinate and manage each individual student's course of study and research.
  2. Each student's program, as well as the nature and progress of research, has considerable flexibility and reflects individual interests and background.
  3. Specific information on this program is available from the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, College of Dentistry.

  4. The Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College apply to the conduct of those students enrolled in the Ph.D. program.

Graduate Program Contacts

Information is available from the following sources:

Fabricio Teixeira, D.D.S., PhD
Graduate Program Director
Department of Endodontics
DSB W343
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry
801 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1001

(319) 335-7471 Work
(319) 335-9663 Fax

fabricio-teixeira@uiowa.edu

 

Graduate College Website

The University of Iowa Graduate College maintains a Web site for graduate and professional students at the following address:

https://grad.admissions.uiowa.edu/ 

Endodontic: Financial Support

Persons applying to the program must be able to support themselves financially until they complete the program. Besides living expenses, the student should plan on expenses for tuition, books, specialized equipment, instrument usage, and thesis cost. All stipends are determined on a yearly basis and are dependent on available funding. 

Approximate Cost

The approximate cost for a fiscal year, July 1 through June 30, in the Endodontic Certificate Program is depended on your year in the Endodontic Certificate Program and whether you are working towards a Masters or PhD in the Graduate College. For your detailed estimation please visit Endodontics on the program integrity website at https://grad.admissions.uiowa.edu/, which does include estimations for health insurance, living expenses and international fees.

Working towards Masters

**If looking at working towards receiving a Masters, please consult https://www.maui.uiowa.edu/maui/pub/tuition/rates.page for details how semester hours can fluctuate your expenses on the table called "Dental Certificate (Endodontics, All Other Students, Primary) Resident with Grad Appointment". You must select the semester you are looking at and College of Dentistry. If you are an international student, please consult the table called "Dental Certificate (Endodontics, Primary, Int'l Student with no US DDS) Resident".