Students working toward the Certificate in Prosthodontics must pursue the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy in oral science in conjunction with the certificate; see "Graduate Study" below.

The Certificate in Prosthodontics requires a minimum of 36 months of study. It prepares individuals for specialty clinical practice in the discipline. The curriculum includes didactic courses and clinical training in all of the disciplines that make up the broad specialty of prosthodontics, including implant prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthetics, and treatment of temporomandibular disorders. Patient care is completed in close collaboration with the other dental specialties. Clinically related basic science instruction complements the clinical curriculum.

The certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Successful completion of the program satisfies the formal training requirement for eligibility to take the American Board of Prosthodontics certification examination.


Applicants to the prosthodontics certificate program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They must hold a D.D.S. or a D.M.D. degree from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association or an equivalent degree.

The certificate program begins around July 1 each year. Applications are accepted year-round; those received by August 15 are considered for admission the following July. A personal interview is required for qualified applicants.

Graduate Study

Students earning the Certificate in Prosthodontics must pursue a Master of Science or a Doctor of Philosophy in oral science while they work toward the certificate. The graduate programs prepare individuals for careers in dental education and research and for independent study and professional growth.

Both graduate programs require more courses in the biomedical sciences and research methodology than the certificate program requires. Students must prepare and defend a thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.) based on original research. Facilities and support personnel for research are available through the college's Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research. See Oral Science in the Catalog.