Graduate Certificate in Periodontics

The Graduate Program in Periodontology at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry provides qualified dentists with specialized clinical training and research-focused education in periodontology and oral implantology, with a particular emphasis on surgical oral implantology. Students will earn a graduate certificate in Periodontics and a simultaneous Master of Science in Oral Biology, which is a requirement of the program. 

The rigorous 36-month, full-time postgraduate program prepares students for practice, teaching and research in periodontology and oral implantology. You will receive advanced education related to the attachment apparatus of the dentition, and the diseases and conditions that affect them. You’ll also study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of those diseases.

Fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, the Periodontology and Oral Implantology program’s curriculum comprises didactic coursework, which takes place primarily within the first year and integrates scientific periodontal and oral implantology literature with oral biology coursework. You will perform individual research and receive clinical instruction in Temple Dental’s Graduate Clinic of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, gaining real-world experience with treating a diverse patient population. 

The program’s emphasis on clinical patient care ensures competency in all areas of periodontal therapy including

  • contemporary approaches to anti-infective periodontal chemotherapy;
  • resective, regenerative and periodontal plastic surgical techniques;
  • surgical oral implantology including guided surgery;
  • advanced site preparation techniques;
  • sinus lift augmentation surgery; and
  • interpretation and use of cone beam computed tomography.

The Kornberg School of Dentistry is a highly sought, accredited institution located in the heart of Philadelphia. In addition to the unique opportunities that come with attending school in a large city, including visiting lecture series and an abundant and diverse patient pool, the postgraduate Periodontology program offers

  • collaboration with a large DMD student population;
  • extensive research opportunities;
  • internationally recognized faculty;
  • modern, spacious clinics; and
  • the Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory—one of only three state-licensed clinical periodontal microbiology reference labs in the U.S.

The Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology faculty participate in research at the forefront of the field. Recent research studies include the evaluation of a chairside diagnostic strip for periodontal diagnosis and the association and management of oral osteonecrosis in patients taking systemic bisphosphonate medications. Learn more about current research at Temple Dental.

A patient in the Kornberg School of Dentistry receiving periodontics work.

Adding the Oral Biology MS

Residents in the Graduate Program in Orthodontics will engage in original research activities and complete a thesis-based Master of Science in Oral Biology. The MS requirements are completed in conjunction with the certificate requirements. The Oral Biology MS degree program is available to students in both the graduate programs for Orthodontics and Periodontics. Additionally, residents in the Endodontics graduate program can pursue the Oral Biology MS as an extra year of study at the conclusion of their program.

The interdisciplinary MS program provides a comprehensive academic and clinical education in oral and craniofacial biology, in addition to biomedical sciences such as anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology. Students study the structure, development and function of oral tissue, its relationship to other organ systems in the body, and how it relates to overall health and disease pathology.

By completing the Oral Biology MS with the Orthodontics, Periodontics or Endodontics programs, residents may pursue avenues beyond traditional clinical dental practice, and they are qualified for careers in academia or in industry-related institutions.

Learn more about the Oral Biology MS option.

Classes & Curriculum

The comprehensive program combines core required courses in periodontology and oral implantology with an array of elective courses in the biomedical sciences. Clinical work and research are intended to give you advanced experience in a hospital setting and an understanding and compassion for patients. 

Students are required to take the following courses.

  • Classical Periodontal Literature Review
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Current Periodontal Literature Review
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Periodontology
  • Oral Implantology Literature Review
  • Periodontology Case Presentations
  • Practice Teaching in Periodontology

Learn more about the requirements for the Periodontics and Oral Biology MS programs.

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Careers

Students who graduate from the Periodontology program are well prepared to pursue a specialized career in periodontics—in academics, administration, clinical and private practice, and research. Graduates have expertise in periodontics and oral biology, and they have the experience and compassion necessary for a patient-centered practice.

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 Periodontics Certificate (Graduate) 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.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Certificate in Dentistry offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,400.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,400.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.

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