The professional Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is a two-year residency program that prepares students for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Certificate students are trained in all phases of pediatric dentistry and have career choices in private practice, public health, education, or research. Special emphasis is placed on development of leadership skills and strategies for serving vulnerable populations.

The department's certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Approximately 60 percent of the certificate program is devoted to advanced clinical activity, 30 percent to didactic courses and practice teaching, and 10 percent to original research. The program includes a core of didactic, clinical, and research-oriented courses supplemented by electives determined by students' individual interests.

Close associations with the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the Center for Disabilities and Development, and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics permit emphasis on oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia, treatment of children with conscious sedation, instruction in physical diagnosis, and management of children with developmental disabilities.

Prospective students apply through the American Dental Education Association PASS program. Openings in the program are filled through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College.

Stipends for the two-year program are provided by federal agencies and other sources.