Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Professional certificate: geriatric and special needs dentistry



The certificate program in geriatric and special needs dentistry prepares dentists to be leaders and teachers in this critical area of practice. The multidisciplinary program incorporates medicine and psychiatry and blends clinical and didactic experiences in varied settings, such as acute, palliative, rehabilitative, and long-term care. Its goal is to provide dental professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to provide patient-centered, sound, and realistic treatment plans for their geriatric and special needs patients.

Dental student working on a disabled patient in a wheel chair lift.

The Certificate in Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry is administered by the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.