Graduate Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Expand your knowledge and refine your clinical competency and judgment with an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Graduate Certificate from Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry. This 12-month program is designed to accommodate six recent dental school graduates who function in the program as residents. Accepted applicants receive a stipend of $38,500. Residents train to operate effectively and collaborate efficiently within cross-functional healthcare teams while honing their ability to provide emergency, multidisciplinary and patient-centered oral healthcare to a diverse community of patients with a broad spectrum of conditions and needs. 

The field of dentistry is rapidly evolving, with new restorative technologies being pioneered and patients who live longer and have more complex medication and healthcare needs. The program takes you beyond the four-year DMD curriculum and strengthens your knowledge base and clinical judgement, helping you keep pace with advances in the field. While primary patient care provides the majority of students’ learning experience, you’ll also further enhance your diagnostic skills and ability to develop patient-appropriate treatment plans through the didactic curriculum and weekly seminars covering treatment planning, literature reviews, and topics in general dentistry.

Certificate students acquire robust clinical experience by working in the AEGD Clinic, which operates as a stand-alone clinic with a staff of dental assistants and hygienists. Rotations in oral surgery and physical diagnosis supplement the comprehensive patient care assignment in the AEGD clinical facility. Dedicated faculty instruct and support residents throughout their clinical development.

A Temple Dental faculty member describing X-ray images in a clinic.

Classes & Curriculum

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry Grad Certificate includes clinical and didactic instruction over a 12-month period. Core courses include

  • Advanced Oral Pathology,
  • Advanced Dental Pharmacology,
  • Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and
  • Oral Microbiology and Immunology.

Learn more about coursework for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Graduate Certificate.

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Recipients of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificate are prepared to become

  • dentists,
  • educators, and
  • researchers.

Career Development

Through the Office of Student Affairs, students pursuing careers in dentistry can get counseling and support during their tenure at Kornberg and after they graduate. The office regularly hosts career events and guest speakers covering a wide range of topics including

  • corporate and private practice careers,
  • debt management,
  • general practice residencies,
  • military service, and
  • specialty education.

Once enrolled in the program, you will receive regular notifications about career opportunities. Additionally, the Career & Business bulletin board is updated regularly with the latest opportunities for dental professionals across the U.S.


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