Endodontics — Certificate (post-D.D.S.), M.S.D., M.S.

The mission of the twenty-seven-month Endodontics-Advanced Specialty Program is to train endodontists who are proficient in treating teeth that require root canal therapy (art), who possess an in-depth biological knowledge related to endodontics (science), and who have participated in endodontic research and teaching. The mission of the thirty-six-month Endodontics-Advanced Program is to provide additional care for patients who have failed root canal treatment and require a single tooth implant. The thirty-six-month program consists of the entire twenty-seven-month curriculum; as well as additional courses in periodontics, radiology, and implant dentistry.

The goals of the Endodontics Advanced Specialty Program include training endodontists who have:

  1. the knowledge necessary to diagnose and plan treatment for various pulpal and periapical conditions, and who possess skills at the level of proficiency to treat—alone or in concert with other dental and medical practitioners—various pulpal and periapical conditions.
  2. formally taken biomedical sciences-related endodontics and health sciences courses at an advanced level; as well as implant as a part of the thirty-six-month program.
  3. participated in endodontic research and teaching.
  4. been prepared for careers in clinical practice.
  5. if completing the thirty-six-month program, the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat patients with failed root canals who would benefit from surgical placement and restoration of a single tooth implant, when such care is needed.

The programs begin in July and require twenty-seven or thirty-six months in residence, depending on the specialty training pursued.

Following enrollment into the program, students may apply for acceptance to either the Master of Science (M.S.) or the Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree track, in addition to the specialty certificate. The application should be submitted at the beginning of the second year and must be supported by the program director. Admission into the M.S. or the M.S.D. degree track may extend the length of study; the additional time must be in residence.

Graduates in both the certificate and graduate degree curricula are educationally qualified for certification by the American Board of Endodontics.

Program link: https://llu.edu/dentistry/gradprograms

Application process

The Endodontics, Advanced Program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), which allows applicants to apply to multiple participating institutions.

PASS applicants for the advanced education program in endodontics must also complete and submit a separate online application (<llu.edu/central/apply>) directly to Loma Linda University.

This program also will accept direct applications for individuals who are not applying to other institutions through PASS.

Application deadline

Application for admission should be submitted by August 1 of the year prior to the summer of intended enrollment.

Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year (effective July 1, 2016) is approximately $16,523.00 per quarter.  Tuition is adjusted annually every July 1st. These fees do not include instruments and textbooks that may be required. A separate fee of $800 is charged for GRDN 632 Basic Microsurgery Techniques, taken by students during the first quarter.

27-month Certificate

Major
ENDN 534Endodontic Treatment Conference18
ENDN 601Principles of Endodontics10
ENDN 604Literature Seminar in Endodontics16
ENDN 654Practice Teaching in Endodontics4
ENDN 697AResearch1
ENDN 697BResearch1
Interdisciplinary
GRDN 514Introduction to Biomedical Research4
GRDN 535Clinical Oral Pathology2
GRDN 609Professional Ethics2
GRDN 622Biomedical Science I2
GRDN 632Basic Microsurgery Techniques2
IMPD 611Introduction to Implant Dentistry2
IMPD 612Advanced Implant Dentistry2
ORDN 526Applied Anatomy2
ORPA 533Radiology Topics for Graduate Dental Programs2
PERI 524The Periodontium2
PERI 608Dental Specialty Practice Management2
PERI 611Introduction to Periodontics2
PERI 624Moderate Sedation in Periodontics4
REL 5Gradauate-level Religion3
Total Units83
Clinical 1
ENDN 725Clinical Practice in Endodontics72
Total Units72
1

Units for clinic practice courses do not count toward minimum number of didactic units required for the degree.  

Normal time to complete the program

2.3 years (9 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required

36-month Certificate

Major
ENDN 534Endodontic Treatment Conference21
ENDN 601Principles of Endodontics10
ENDN 604Literature Seminar in Endodontics16
ENDN 654Practice Teaching in Endodontics4
ENDN 697AResearch1
ENDN 697BResearch1
Interdisciplinary
GRDN 514Introduction to Biomedical Research4
GRDN 535Clinical Oral Pathology2
GRDN 609Professional Ethics2
GRDN 622Biomedical Science I2
GRDN 632Basic Microsurgery Techniques2
IMPD 505Patient Presentation Seminar (1.0)7
IMPD 533Applied Radiology for Implant Dentistry1.5
IMPD 601Literature Review in Implant Dentistry16
IMPD 604Current Literature Review in Implant Dentistry16
IMPD 611Introduction to Implant Dentistry2
IMPD 612Advanced Implant Dentistry2
IMPD 634Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry (1.0)7
ORDN 526Applied Anatomy2
ORPA 533Radiology Topics for Graduate Dental Programs2
PERI 524The Periodontium2
PERI 608Dental Specialty Practice Management2
PERI 611Introduction to Periodontics2
PERI 624Moderate Sedation in Periodontics4
REL 5Graduate-level Religion3
Total Units133.5
Clinical 1
ENDN 725Clinical Practice in Endodontics64.5
ENDN 726Clinical Practice of Implant Dentistry in Endodontics8
Total Units72.5
1

Units for clinic practice courses do not count toward minimum number of graduate units required for the degree.  

Normal time to complete the program

3 years (12 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required

Comparison

See the comparison of the 27-month and 36-month Certificates.

M.S.D.

In addition to completing the requirements for the 27 or 36-month certificate as listed above, students must also complete the following courses and fulfill the general requirements for the degree. Students may take up to one year following the completion of the certificate program to complete the M.S.D. degree.

ENDN 697CResearch1

Normal time to complete the program

2.3 years (9 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

M.S.

In addition to completing the requirements for the 27 or 36-month certificate as listed above, students must also complete the following courses and fulfill the general requirements for the degree. Students have 5 years from the start of the certificate program to complete the M.S. degree.

ENDN 698Thesis1

Normal time to complete the program

2.3 years (9 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program

Mahmoud Torabinejad

Faculty

Bonnie J. Retamozo

Mahmoud Torabinejad

Courses

ENDN 534. Endodontic Treatment Conference. 1-2 Units.

Evaluates and discusses diagnosis, treatment planning, prognosis, and outcome of endodontic treatment cases. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

ENDN 601. Principles of Endodontics. 2 Units.

Comprehensive study of various aspects of endodontics. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

ENDN 604. Literature Seminar in Endodontics. 2 Units.

Reviews literature pertaining to the principles and practice of endodontics. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.

ENDN 654. Practice Teaching in Endodontics. 1 Unit.

Supervised teaching in the endodontic preclinical laboratory and predoctoral clinic. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.

ENDN 657. Written/Oral Board Review Course for the American Board of Endodontics. 2 Units.

Weekly lecture series that exposes advanced specialty students to the crucial content and format of the American Board of Endodontics (ABE) examination. Assists students with preparing for and taking the required written portion of the examination prior to completion of the endodontics program, and exposes them to the oral examination that is part of the board certification process for the endodontics profession.

ENDN 697A. Research. 1 Unit.

Student identifies a research project, prepares a protocol, and obtains approval for the protocol. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these research activities.

ENDN 697B. Research. 1 Unit.

Conducting the actual research project, including the data collection. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these research activities.

ENDN 697C. Research. 1 Unit.

Student completes research project, holds a public presentation of research, and submits a publishable paper to his/her research guidance committee (RGC) for approval. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete the publishable paper.

ENDN 698. Thesis. 1 Unit.

ENDN 725. Clinical Practice in Endodontics. 1-8 Units.

Provides practice and experience in all aspects of endodontics. Emphasizes obtaining experience in treating complex endodontic cases. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.

ENDN 726. Clinical Practice of Implant Dentistry in Endodontics. 1,2 Unit.

Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who may benefit from implant dentistry therapy. Repeated registrations required to complete total units.

ENDN 831. Endodontics I. 1 Unit.

Didactic course provides foundational knowledge to prepare the student to manage patients with diseases of pulpal origin.

ENDN 832. Endodontics II. 2 Units.

Preliminary laboratory course that introduces basic skills necessary to perform endodontic treatment on permanent teeth with uncomplicated root canal systems. IDP students complete 2 units over the D3 Spring and Summer quarters before a final grade is given.

ENDN 834. Endodontics III. 1 Unit.

Didactic course that contains essential information on various topics in endodontics and elevates the students' diagnostic and treatment-planning skills.

ENDN 835. Endodontics IV. 1 Unit.

Secondary laboratory course that reinforces prior basic skills taught in ENDN 832, and introduces additional skills necessary to perform endodontic treatment on uncomplicated permanent teeth using advances in technology.

ENDN 875. Endodontics Clinic. 1 Unit.

Endodontic clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to manage patients with endodontic disease through diagnosis, treatment of uncomplicated endodontic conditions, referral of complicated problems, and evaluation of treatment outcomes.