2015-2016 Augusta University Graduate and Professional Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Certificate in Prosthodontics
About the Program
In support of the mission of the Dental College of Georgia, the Prosthodontics Program’s mission is to inspire our residents and faculty to professional and personal achievement through commitment to excellence in education, patient care, service and research at the local, state and national levels.
The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is a 35-month program leading to a certificate in prosthodontics. It consists of didactic work in the basic sciences and related clinical disciplines, and covers all aspects of prosthodontics, including fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthetics. Graduates are qualified to take the examination of the American Board of Prosthodontics.
The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is fortunate that the program director is committed full-time to the program. The program draws upon the talents of board-certified prosthodontists who teach our residents through lectures, laboratory exercises, and daily clinical assignments. We also have an excellent working relationship with the U.S. Army’s Prosthodontic Residency Program, located at Fort Gordon, Georgia, only seven miles from the Dental College of Georgia.
The related basic sciences and clinical disciplines, such as restorative dentistry, periodontics, and endodontics are taught to our residents by equally qualified faculty. Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:
- Diagnose, treatment plan and execute complex prosthodontic patient care
- Coordinate patient treatment with other dental specialties in interdisciplinary care
- Provide community health care, service and dental education
- Challenge the American Board of Prosthodontics Certification Examination
- Develop, implement, interpret and report on prosthodontics research
- Correlate pathophysiologic processes with clinical problems in prosthodontics
Please see the Dental College of Georgia website for specific admissions information:
Admission Requirements: Dentists graduated from accredited United States and Canadian or other international dental schools that possess equivalent educational background and standing are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.
We only accept candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.
Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for an interview based on the following criteria: dental and pre-professional education transcripts, class standing, National Dental Board Examination results (American and Canadian-trained only), personal and career goals, experiences beyond predoctoral education, evidence of scholarly activity, and letters of recommendation. Applicants born outside the United States and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL).
Program Fee, Stipends, and Benefits
Program Fee: There is no program fee associated with the certificate program in prosthodontics for dentists who have graduated from accredited United States or Canadian dental schools. The program fee for international candidates with degrees from non-accredited ADA/CODA dental schools/colleges is $18,500 per year. Internationally trained candidates must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. . The foreign trained resident will complete all requirements of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, thus meeting all ADA accreditation requirements. If the candidate wishes to enroll in the Master of Science in Oral Biology program, the candidate must pay tuition for courses taken through the College of Graduate Studies. References should be made to the current catalog for specific information regarding College of Graduate Studies tuition and fees.
Stipends: Stipends are determined annually depending upon availability of funds (if available, only graduates of U.S. and Canadian dental schools qualify).
Equipment: All supplies and equipment associated with clinical treatment are provided by the institution. The resident must supply certain laboratory equipment (i.e. semi-adjustable articulator with facebow, laboratory handpiece, hand waxing and porcelain addition and metal working instruments), and will provide his or her own digital clinical camera, mirrors and retractors suitable for intra-oral and portrait photography.
Other Expenses: Total Tuition and fees (for entire program completed in normal time): There is no tuition and program fee associated with the certificate program in prosthodontics for Dentists who have graduated from accredited United States or Canadian dental schools. The program fee for international candidates with degrees from non-accredited ADA/CODA dental schools/colleges is $18,500 per year. Total Estimated Cost for books and supplies for the entire program: Not Applicable. Room and board: Not Applicable. Median Debt: $28,907.00
Benefits: The Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Prosthodontic residents are eligible to participate in the Student Health Insurance program. Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.
Leave: Residents are entitled to employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave and 5 days of professional leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the Dental College of Georgia Leave Policy for Dental Residents.
The Prosthodontic Program is housed in the Dental College of Georgia, in a separate clinic devoted exclusively to our program. In this environment, each resident has his/her own operatory, laboratory space and shares a private office with fellow residents. Full time dental assistants are assigned to assist the residents in the clinic. We use both in-house laboratory support and selected commercial laboratory support.
Program Director: Brian Bergeron, DMD
Department Phone: 706-721-8210
Accreditation: The Advanced Education program in Prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been granted the accreditation status of approved. 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 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
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Prosthodontics Residency Program
ONET Code: 29-1024.00 Prosthodontics
CIP Code: 60.0108
CIP Program Description: A residency training program that prepares dentists in the principles and techniques of constructing oral prostheses, and the restoration and maintenance of oral function by the replacement of missing teeth and other oral structures with such artificial devices.