Expenses and Stipends

Expenses and Stipends

Tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students is waived by the Board of Trustees of the University because prosthodontic residents are enrolled in the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences. There is no tuition.

Upon arrival at the UTHSC College of Dentistry, residents are required to purchase a number of items to facilitate the prosthodontic educational experience in both the laboratory and clinic. Additionally, residents are strongly encouraged to acquire the following items early in their residency experience: digital clinical camera, surgical telescopes/loupes, subscriptions to several professional Prosthodontic journals, and a notebook computer. Residents are also strongly encouraged to become student members of the American College of Prosthodontists (http://www.gotoapro.org/). For a list of required and suggested resident acquisitions, as well as estimated costs, go to Required Prosthodontic Resident Acquisitions.

The University has established a Student Financial Aid Department which is committed to removing the financial barriers to education for students with limited resources. Several forms of financial aid assistance for students may be secured through University and other sources. Information is available by contacting the UTHSC Financial Aid Office (http://www.uthsc.edu/finaid).


All enrolled students and residents at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center must have health insurance. An affordable health insurance plan is available through the University. If the student or resident elects a different health insurance plan, proof of comparable coverage must be provided. For descriptive information on the health insurance plan available through the University, visit the following websites:


All prosthodontic residents serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Prosthodontics. As teaching assistants, residents are involved in the organized instruction of predoctoral dental students. Experience is gained in both pre-clinical prosthodontic laboratory courses and pre-doctoral prosthodontic clinics. Residents are subjectively monitored for content and quality of teaching.

Teaching predoctoral dental students is an important aspect of the postdoctoral training experience. Inclusion of this experience in the Advanced Prosthodontics Program curriculum complies with accreditation standards for advanced specialty education programs in prosthodontics, as set forth by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.

As teaching assistants, Prosthodontic residents are provided an annual stipend of approximately $17,000. This stipend is intended to help defray the cost of an education in Prosthodontics and to allow the student to concentrate on studies. This stipend has been available to Prosthodontic residents for several years and is expected to continue. Residents are paid monthly on the last working day of the month.

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Contact Us

UTHSC College of Dentistry
Department of Prosthodontics
Advanced Prosthodontics Program
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163

Clinic: (901) 448-7180
Fax: (901) 448-1294

Program Director

David R. Cagna, DMD, MS

Program Coordinator

Nancy Wilson