TMD & Orofacial Pain Program

This program provides an opportunity to acquire clinical assessment and treatment skills for Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and Orofacial Pain, within the context of graduate education that focuses on the acquisition of research skills and a scientific knowledge base.

Fall 2024 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted July 1 - December 1, 2023.

Interviews for fall admission will take place January - March.

Admissions decisions will be released March - April.

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Domestic and internationally-trained dentists are eligible to apply to this program.

General Admissions Requirements

The University sets general admissions requirements for graduate study.  These include letters of recommendation; a minimum undergraduate GPA; and demonstration of English Language proficiency for international applicants. Please refer to the General Admissions Requirements page for full details.

Program-specific requirements are described on this page.

About the Program

This program leads to a certificate in Temporomandibular Disorders & Orofacial Pain. 

The opportunity exists for dual-enrollment in the Oral Sciences, MS program.  Candidates must make a separate application to the master's program.

The focus of our clinical program is to provide each resident with experience in managing a variety of orofacial pain conditions, focusing on diagnosis and interdisciplinary management.

Orofacial Pain is recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental specialty area.  Our advanced certificate program in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain is also recognized by the New York State Education Department.  Details on CODA accreditation are provided below.

Program Goals

The principle goals of the Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and Orofacial Pain Program are to prepare a graduate to:

  1. Care for patients with TMD and other orofacial pain disorders. 
  2. Understand the structural, biological and behavioral factors underlying pain in general and orofacial pain specifically.
  3. Interact with other health care professionals in order to facilitate the patients' health care.
  4. Utilize critical thinking analysis and evidence based care in treatment decisions and continuous quality improvement.
  5. Conduct research in TMD, orofacial pain, or in a closely related field.
  6. Teach clinical care of TMD & orofacial pain patients.

Fall 2024 Applicants | Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted July 1 - December 1, 2023
Interviews January - March
Acceptance Notices Sent March - April


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