Graduate Certificate in Endodontics

Prepare for specialized practice, teaching and research with an Endodontics Specialty Certificate from Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry—one of the first programs of its kind at a U.S. dental school. The rigorous 24-month program admits five exceptional applicants each September, who must remain in residency for the duration of the program.

Residents work with cutting-edge technology in modern operatories. Each space is equipped with an operating microscope and a digital X-ray unit. The endodontic clinic is also equipped with a surgical suite fitted with digital equipment that can both record and broadcast live surgery. Additional facilities include one small field cone beam computed tomography, a well-equipped seminar room, study and office space, and access to research laboratories.

You will acquire advanced didactic and clinical experience in various types of endodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical techniques including nonsurgical endodontic treatment, retreatment and endodontic surgery. The highly diverse patient pool in Philadelphia provides an expansive range of treatment opportunities for residents. Special emphasis is given to emergency care, endodontic retreatment, endodontic surgery, and contemporary management of complex and/or refractory endodontic lesions.

The Endodontics program strives for graduating endodontic specialists to be

  • clinically proficient,
  • ethically sensitive,
  • lifelong learners,
  • professionally and socially responsible, and
  • scientifically knowledgeable.

Culminating events of the program include evaluation of clinical performance, completion of a publishable research project, and passing the oral and written examinations. The program places a strong focus on board certification and has one of the highest pass rates in the country. 

An Endodontics graduate certificate student working in a clinic.

Adding the Oral Health Sciences MS

Students in the Endodontics Specialty Certificate can apply for the Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences in consultation with their program director. In this 30-credit postgraduate master’s program, students apply modern biological principles and research techniques that aid in diagnosing, treating and preventing oral and craniofacial diseases and anomalies.

Through the interdisciplinary curriculum, students study the structure, development and function of oral tissues; their interrelationships; and their connections to other organ systems. Research areas include advanced general dentistry, clinical fields, and periodontal and craniofacial regeneration.

The program’s Clinical Specialty Track is specifically tailored for postgraduate students currently enrolled in an advanced training certificate in the Kornberg School of Dentistry. Coursework in students' postgraduate certificate programs count toward the required 30 credits for the Oral Health Sciences MS degree.

Learn more about the Oral Health Sciences MS.

Teaching Opportunities

Residents in the Endodontics Specialty Certificate program acquire valuable teaching experience through supervising predoctoral dental students in the endodontic preclinical lab and in the endodontic predoctoral clinic.  

One of the five residents has an opportunity to be offered a teaching position within Temple’s Kornberg School of Dentistry after completion of the Endodontics Specialty Certificate program. The resident chosen for this prominent position supervises the emergency endodontic clinic and will be awarded a salary as well as an additional certificate.

Classes & Curriculum

The Specialty Certificate in Endodontics includes clinical and didactic instruction over a 24-month period. Courses include

  • Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology,
  • Biological Basis of Disease,
  • Biostatistics,
  • Current Clinical Concepts,
  • Oral Microbiology & Immunology,
  • Periapical Biology, and
  • Pulp Biology.

Learn more about the coursework for the Endodontics Specialty Certificate Program.

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Graduates of the Endodontics Specialty Certificate program are prepared to enter the field of dentistry as

  • endodontists,
  • 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.

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. 

Learn more about the tuition rates for the 2020–2021 academic year.


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