Prosthodontics Certificate

This program is designed to help students achieve clinical excellence in prosthodontics, especially in the field of digital dental technology. Here, students will receive excellent faculty and staff support, with access to state-of-the-art technology including digital scanners, design software and an in-house milling center.

Fall 2021 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted May 14 - August 15, 2020.

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The university has updated its policy on English language proficiency requirements for students affected by the closure of testing sites for TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.  The University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

About the Program

Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses of instruction, a Certificate of Proficiency in Prosthodontics will be awarded to the student.

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 the Erie County Medical Center
  • Understanding and clinical experience in occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain and geriatrics
  • The design, methodology and analysis of research
  • Training in teaching

Approximately 60 percent of the time is devoted to patient and laboratory services.

Accreditation

The program in prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Length of Program

This program takes a minimum of three years to complete, depending on which program is chosen.

Prosthodontics/PhD Program

The Prosthodontics/PhD program generally requires five to seven years for completion. Students are required to perform research and complete a thesis at the PhD level for this program. The Oral Biology PhD program is administered by the Department of Oral Biology. Students on this track are usually supported by a training grant funded by the National Institute for Dental Craniofacial Research.

Applicants wishing to pursue both the Prosthodontics Certificate and the PhD or MS research programs must apply separately for each program.

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/MS in Oral Sciences Program

The research component of the Prosthodontics/MS Program in Oral Sciences is administered through the office of Dr. Ernesto DeNardin in the Department of Oral Biology. 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.

Applicants wishing to pursue both the Prosthodontics Certificate and the PhD or MS research programs must apply separately for each program.

Prosthodontics/MS in Biomaterials Program

The research component of the Prosthodontics/MS Program in Biomaterials is administered through the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences.  This track requires a minimum of 36 months to complete, and involves research in a variety of areas at the master's 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.

Faculty & Staff

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Gary Alexander

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: gja3@buffalo.edu

Latifa Bairam

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

235K Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: lrbairam@buffalo.edu

Marshall Fagin

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: fagi@buffalo.edu

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Tawfiq Hazboun

Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: thazboun@buffalo.edu

Dana Keblawi

Asst. Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

225E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6367

Email: dqeblawi@buffalo.edu

Hyeongil Kim

Associate Professor/Director PG Pros Program

Department of Restorative Dentistry

222C Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6342

Email: hik@buffalo.edu

Jennifer Kuracina

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6363

Email: kuracin@buffalo.edu

Edward Monaco

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

222C Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: edwardjr@buffalo.edu

Christopher Pusateri

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

235 P Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6356

Email: pusateri@buffalo.edu

Ramtin Sadid-Zadeh

Assistant Dean For Digital Technology; Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

222E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6361

Email: rsadidza@buffalo.edu

Gary Swistak

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862; Fax: (716) 829-3942

Email: garyswis@buffalo.edu

Courses

Cost of Attendance

Advanced Education General Expenses, 2020/2021 School Year *

  NY State Resident Out-of-State US Resident International Non-US Resident
University Tuition $11,310 $23,100 $23,100
   UB Fees & Other Costs      
   Broad-Based UB fees $2822 $2822 $2822
   Medical Insurance $2,298 $2,298 $1,792
   Books & Supplies $1,422 $1,422 $1,422
   Direct Loan Origination Fee $109 $109  
   International Student Fee     $200
 Fees & Costs Sub Total $6,651 $6,651 $6,236

 

University Tuition plus Fees & Costs 

 

 

$17,961

 

 

$29,751

 

 

$29,336

 

Estimated Living Expenses (9.5 Months)

Living Alllowances, Transportation and Personal Expenses

                                                                 $19,674
TOTAL: Tuition, Fees & Living for students in Biomaterials, Oral Biology, Oral Sciences and AEGD International Scholars Program
  $37,635 $49,425 $49,010
     

 

 

School Clinical Fees      
Clinic Management System (CMS) Fee* $10,000
Post-Graduate Fee** $7,000
TOTAL: Tuition, Fees & Living for students in Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. Additional expenses may be required for program completion (e.g. special supplies); contact program for information.
  **All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees
Total Cost (incudes Living Expenses plus 
Tuition and Fees)
$54,635 $66,425 $66,010
  NYS resident Out-of-State Resident International Non-US Resident

Explanation of Fees

  • Broad-based UB Fees: Charged to all UB Students.  Includes Student Activity Fee, Comprehensive Fee, and Academic Excellence and Success Fee.  More information available: www.buffalo.edu/studentaccounts/tuition-and-fees/broad-based-fees.html
  • Medical Insurance Premium: Waived for students who document appropriate, alternative coverage.
  • Books & Supplies: Estimate; based on course requirements.      
  • *CMS Fee: To cover dental instrument sterilization, maintenance & replacement and to support clinic computing costs; does not apply to Orofacial Pain.
  • **Post-Graduate Fee: For expenditures, equipment, computers, instruments, and supplies needed for higher level course instruction; does not apply to Oral Pathology.
  • International Student Fee: ($100/Semester) Applicable to all matriculated international students.
  • For more information: www.buffalo.edu/international-student-and-scholar-services.htm

NOTE: The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Additional Expenses

Our Current Residents

Resident

Dental School

Certificate Year

Heba Mandourah, BDS        
King Abdulaziz University               
2022
Ariana Mendel, DDS
University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2022
Mohammed Al Gady, BDS                         
University of Dammam 2021
Hanan Ali, BDS, MS
University of Benghazi & University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2021
Yu Chun Lin, BDS                         
Taipei Medical University
2021
Minh Van, DDS                 
University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City
2021
Jeffrey Willis, DDS                
University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2020
Jinghua Zhang, DDS
University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine
2020

How to Apply

Fall 2021 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted May 14 - August 15, 2020
Interviews September/October

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Now Participating in MATCH

The University at Buffalo Prosthodontics Certificate participates in the MATCH.  Applicants must register online to participate in the Match. Applications to our Prosthodontic's Certificate program should be submitted via the UB application independent of the Match.

To apply, please submit all documents listed below.  Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.

Required (All candidates applying via the UB Application)

1. The On-line UB Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must select your desired entry term (i.e. Fall 2020) and intended program of study as you begin the application.
  • The personal information section of the application provides special instructions for international applicants; be certain to following instructions on how to accurately enter your name.

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

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

3. CV/Resume (upload with your application)

4. Personal Statement (upload with your application or type statement directly into the application)

5. Letters of Recommendation

  • 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 by your recommenders.
  • You will submit names, titles and email addresses for three recommenders. They will receive an email request to electronically submit a letter on your behalf.  The notification is traditionally sent to recommenders after the application is submitted for review However, you can opt to have the email requests sent immediately as you enter recommender names; this option is suggested for candidates who are applying close to the application deadline to ensure sufficient time for upload.

6. 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; ECE course-by-course report is preferred.  International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

7. Unofficial NBDE Scores (optional)

  • Unofficial scores from the National Board of Dental Examination Part I and/or Part II; optional for all programs not using the PASS application.

Additional Requirements — International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:

1. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report that meets University Requirements

TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline. An official score report must be provided upon acceptance.  UB’s School Code is: 2925.

2. UB Financial Form

  • All International applicants must complete and upload the UB financial form documenting all sources of anticipated educational support.  The upload option will appear in the applicant portal after application is submitted for review.

Note: Financial documentation is required for visa issuance - documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it. 

3. Photocopy of Passport Biographical Page

4. Photocopy of Your Current I-20 AND the F-1 Visa Stamp in Your Passport (if 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.

The Interview Process

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.

Questions?

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Lindsey Pumm

Office Assistant I

Department of Restorative Dentistry

222 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2863; Fax: (716) 829-2440

Email: leludtka@buffalo.edu

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