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 EducationAdvanced EducationProsthodontics Certificate     October 25, 2016  

Prosthodontics Certificate

Department of Restorative Dentistry
215 Squire Hall
Buffalo, New York 14214-8006

Dr. Hyeongil Kim
, D.D.S., Program Director

Fall 2017 Applications will be accepted:
May 2 - August 31, 2016.


Prosthodontics Certificate Program

This Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics educates qualified dentists for the specialized practice of prosthodontics, and fulfills the academic and clinical requirements of the American Board of Prosthodontics. The curriculum can be flexible for individual needs but primarily enables students to attain the special knowledge and skills for proficiency in the theoretical and practical aspects of Prosthodontics. The didactic and clinical components provide: advanced education in related and relevant biological and biomaterial sciences; in-depth experiences in fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics; multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment planning; exposure to maxillofacial prosthetics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Erie County Medical Center; understanding and clinical experience in occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain, and geriatrics; the design, methodology, and analysis of research; and training in teaching. The program is 36 months duration with 60 percent of that time devoted to patient and laboratory services. Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses of instruction, a Certificate of Proficiency in Prosthodontics will be awarded to the student.

Applicants who are chosen to interview will be required to do a simple occlusal wax-up at #19, and a facial wax-up at #9.

Prosthodontics/Ph.D. Program

The Prosthodontics/Ph.D. program generally requires 5 to 7 years for completion. Students are required to perform research and complete a thesis at the Ph.D. level for this program. The Oral Biology Ph.D. program is administered by Dr. Chris Li and Dr. Stefan Ruhl. Students on this track are usually supported by a training grant funded by the National Institute for Dental Craniofacial Research. Please note that NIDCR support is available only to U.S. citizens, or to those persons with Permanent Resident status. However, support for non-citizens ineligible for NIDCR fellowships may be available from teaching assistantships, or from individual faculty mentors with research funds.

Prosthodontics/M.S. in Oral Sciences Program

The research component of the Prosthodontics/M.S. Program in Oral Sciences is administered through the office of Dr. Ernesto DeNardin (716-829-3998). This track requires a minimum of 36 months to complete, and involves research in a variety of areas at the Masters Degree level. At the present time there is no funding available for students enrolled in this program. It runs concurrently with the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.

Please note that applicants wishing to pursue both the Prosthodontics Certificate and the Ph.D. or M.S. research programs must apply separately for each program.

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Applications must be completed by August 31st of the previous year (ex. August 31, 2015 for Fall 2016 admission).

To apply for the Prosthodontics Certificate program please submit all documents listed below on-line in GRADMIT. Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.

1. On-line Application - Apply Now

  • Please Note: Non-immigrants must complete the International On-line Application; check the box for "International Applicant" after selecting degree program on the Interactive Graduate Application Site (GRADMIT)
  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.

2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on UBePay

  • Once you have submitted your online application for formal review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card only. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

3. CV / Resume

4. Two letters of recommendation and a Dean's letter (if graduated from a US or Canadian dental school), otherwise three letters of recommendation.Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically:

  • In the recommendation section of this online application, you submit three referees with their email addresses. They will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after you submit your application for formal review.

5. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation.International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

International Applicants (in addition to the requirements listed above):

6. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original TOEFL score reports.

7. UB Financial Form / Financial Scholarship or Bank Documents

  • All International applicants must complete and upload to their application the UB financial form documenting all the sources of your financial support with the sponsor's signature. Official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions must also be uploaded
  • Official financial documents verifying scholarship support from your government (if applicable) - upload in bank documents section
  • No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only-documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it.

8. Photocopy of passport biographical page

9. Photocopy of your current I-20 AND the F-1 visa stamp in your passport if you are currently an F-1 student

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.

If you have questions regarding the application process please contact:
Ms. Kristin Yager, Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator
Telephone: (716) 829-2839


Dental School

Certificate Year

Gyula Forgo, DMD
University of Szeged School of Dentistry
Daniel Pinto, DDS
University at Buffalo
Donna Scott, DDS MS
University at Buffalo
Anthony Alexander, DDS
University at Buffalo
Reem Alghamdi, BDS
King Saud University
Abdul-Rahman Alzahrani, BDS
King Khalid University
 Abdulla Alameeri, BDS
Alexandria University
 Nadia Basha, BDS
 Ibn Sina National College
Rui Li, DDS Phd
 Tianjin Medical University


 Walaa Babeer, BDS

King Abdul Aziz University


Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics
Required Course List

RDN950 Advanced Prosthodontic Clinics This course provides in-depth clinical experience in fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics. The multidisciplinary clinic with periodontal and endodontic Advanced Education Students, allows ready consultation and treatment modalities.

RDN937 Prosthetic Seminar and Literature Review This seminar series is divided into two parts. The seminar series meets one-half-day-per-week and extends over six semesters to complete the didactic program of Prosthodontics and Related Disciplines. These are participation and presentation seminars by students, faculty and guests. The literature reviews are one and one half hour sessions per week iver the six semesters and are designed to conver the pertinent literature related to the disciplines or prosthodontics.

RDN933 Preclinical Technique This course refines psychomotor skills, develops competence in self assessment, and the ability to perform the myriad of removable prosthodontic clinical and laboratory procedures.

RDN932 Advanced Ceramics This course develops skills that expand upon the conventional porcelain fused to metal restorations. The student will also demonstrate esthetic parameters, various facial margins, and the veneer restorations.

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