The professional Certificate in Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry requires a minimum of one year of full-time study. The program prepares dentists to evaluate and manage the oral health problems of older adults across the spectrum of geriatric health care services as well as adults with special needs. It also prepares professionals for scholastic positions in geriatric education. Successful graduates meet the educational requirements for eligibility to take the fellowship examination of the Special Care Dentistry Association.

Certificate students have opportunities to collaborate with medical residents and other allied health care professionals in providing a holistic approach to care of patients whose dental and medical needs are complex. They gain experience in the College of Dentistry's patient care clinics and Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit, at St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), and at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Highlights of the curriculum include advanced clinical geriatric and special needs dentistry, interdisciplinary geriatric patient assessment, geriatric dentistry case studies, outreach, and teaching practicum.


Applicants must hold a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from an accredited dental school. International students should have at least three years of experience and/or postgraduate prosthodontics training and be licensed dentists. All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. Contact the Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry Certificate Program to learn more.