Pediatric Dentistry — Certificate (post-D.D.S.), M.S.D., M.S

The Pediatric Dentistry-Advanced Specialty Program is designed to prepare the resident as a specialist in this area of dentistry. The curriculum leads to a certificate in pediatric dentistry. Clinical pediatric dentistry is emphasized; however, this clinical experience is balanced with a didactic curriculum of multidisciplinary courses and seminars. There is also a research component designed to expose the resident to problem solving using the scientific method. The program requires a minimum of twenty-four months in residence beginning July 1 and fulfills the requirements for initiating the process of certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Following enrollment into the program, residents 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 before the end of the first year and must be endorsed 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.

Pediatric dentistry goals

  1. To prepare the resident to be a specialist who is proficient in providing comprehensive, preventive, and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health-care needs.
  2. To provide an educational structure that complies with the standards set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  3. To prepare the resident for the practice of pediatric dentistry.
  4. To train pediatric dentists who have participated in pediatric dental research.
  5. To train pediatric dentists who have participated in teaching pediatric dentistry.
  6. To prepare the resident for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

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

Application process

The Pediatric Dentistry, 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.  A PASS application (<https://portal.passweb.org/) is required.

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

The Pediatric Dentistry, Advanced Program also participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH). This program identifies and "matches" the preferences of applicants and the advanced education program, using a rank order list submitted by the applicant and the program.  A Match application (<https://portal.passweb.org/) is also required.

For admissions requirements, please refer to the Program's website: <http://www.llu.edu/dentistry/pediatrics/graduateprogram.page?>.

Application deadline

Application for admission should be submitted by October 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.

Certificate

Major
PEDN 503Pediatric Dental Seminar16
PEDN 508Pediatric Hospital Dentistry Seminar2
PEDN 512Oral Sedation Seminar2
PEDN 521Principles of Medicine and Physical Diagnosis2
PEDN 524Introduction to Orthodontics2
PEDN 524LIntroduction to Orthodontics Laboratory1
PEDN 604Pediatric Dental Literature14
PEDN 654Practice Teaching for Pediatric Dentistry5
PEDN 680Elective Study for Advanced Education Students of Pediatric Dentistry5
PEDN 696Scholarly Activity in Pediatric Dentistry1
PEDN 697AResearch1
PEDN 697BResearch1
Interdisciplinary
GRDN 514Introduction to Biomedical Research4
GRDN 535Clinical Oral Pathology2
GRDN 601Practice Management2
GRDN 609Professional Ethics2
GRDN 622Biomedical Science I2
ORDN 526Applied Anatomy2
ORDN 545Growth and Development3
ORDN 606Craniofacial Genetics2
ORDN 608Speech, Language, Breathing, and Orofacial Myofunction1
ORPA 533Radiology Topics for Graduate Dental Programs2
REL 5Graduate-level Religion3
Total Units77
Clinical 1
PEDN 725Pediatric Dental Clinic64
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 years (24 months) — full-time enrollment required

M.S.D.

In addition to completing the requirements for the 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.

PEDN 697CResearch1

Normal time to complete the program

2 years — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

M.S.

In addition to completing the requirements for the 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.

PEDN 698Thesis1-3

Normal time to complete the program

2 years — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program

Jung-Wei Chen

Faculty

Jung-Wei Chen

Afsaneh Matin

Bonnie A. Nelson

Wesley K. Okumura

Samah I. Omar

Melva Wyatt

Ji Min Yochim

Courses

PEDN 503. Pediatric Dental Seminar. 2 Units.

Selected clinical topics in pediatric dentistry. Requires repeated registrations to fulfill total units.

PEDN 508. Pediatric Hospital Dentistry Seminar. 2-4 Units.

Hospital protocol and the care of patients in a hospital environment.

PEDN 512. Oral Sedation Seminar. 2 Units.

Pharmacology, medical considerations, clinical applications, and protocols for oral sedation.

PEDN 521. Principles of Medicine and Physical Diagnosis. 2 Units.

Medical and physical diagnosis for the pediatric dental patient.

PEDN 524. Introduction to Orthodontics. 2 Units.

Diagnosis and treatment planning for clinical orthodontics.

PEDN 524L. Introduction to Orthodontics Laboratory. 1,2 Unit.

Fabrication of various orthodontic appliances.

PEDN 604. Pediatric Dental Literature. 2-12 Units.

Pediatric dental literature study, including literature found on the reading list of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PEDN 654. Practice Teaching for Pediatric Dentistry. 1-5 Units.

Student gains experience teaching pediatric dentistry in clinical and laboratory settings. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PEDN 680. Elective Study for Advanced Education Students of Pediatric Dentistry. 1-10 Units.

Topics selected by students in the advanced education program in pediatric dentistry and by department faculty. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PEDN 696. Scholarly Activity in Pediatric Dentistry. 1 Unit.

Selected didactic, clinical, and/or laboratory activity developed by the program director or a designated program faculty member. Primarily designed for residents to fulfill the certificate requirements for scholarly activity/research in pediatric dentistry. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these activities.

PEDN 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.

PEDN 697B. Research. 1 Unit.

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

PEDN 697C. Research. 1 Unit.

Resident 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.

PEDN 698. Thesis. 1-3 Units.

Required for M.S.-degree track.

PEDN 725. Pediatric Dental Clinic. 8 Units.

Clinical pediatric dental experience in both the outpatient and inpatient settings for patients with a variety of clinical needs and problems. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.

PEDN 753. Pediatric Dentistry I Lecture. 2 Units.

Prevention of dental disease (oral hygiene, diet, fluoride, pit and fissure sealants). Behavior management of the child dental patient. Diagnosis, treatment planning, and operative dentistry for children. Pediatric pulp therapy, oral surgery, dental arch-length management, and local anesthesia and sedation for children. Medical aspects of pediatric dentistry.

PEDN 753L. Pediatric Dentistry I Laboratory. 1 Unit.

Technique course to accompany PEDN 753. Students perform operative procedures for amalgam and composite resin on simulated primary and young permanent teeth. In addition, students perform pulpotomies on primary molar teeth and prepare primary teeth for stainless steel, open-faced stainless steel, and resin crowns. Unilateral and bilateral spece maintainers are fabricated.

PEDN 821. Pediatric Dentistry II. 1 Unit.

Traumatic injuries to the primary and young permanent teeth and oral soft tissues. Developmental and eruption patterns of primary and permanent teeth. Sports dentistry. Pediatric sedation techniques and monitoring. Oral habits of children. Child abuse.

PEDN 825. Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. 3.5 Units.

Dental care of children in their primary, mixed, and young permanent dentition. Etiology of disease, prevention of oral disease, growth and development analysis, treatment planning, restorative procedures, and arch length control.

PEDN 875. Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. 3 Units.

Continuing dental care of children in their primary, mixed, and young permanent dentition. Etiology of disease, prevention of oral disease, growth and development analysis, treatment planning, restorative procedures, and arch length control.