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Application and Admission

Criteria for Application

To be considered eligible, a candidate should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • DDS, DMD from a CODA accredited dental school, or foreign equivalent, prior to entering the program
  • 3.00 course work average on a 4.00 dental school grading system
  • Rank in the upper 50% of their dental school graduating class

Applicants with 4 or more years private practice experience are given stronger consideration than recent dental graduates or senior dental students.

The following factors, in no particular order, are considered when selecting interviewees for acceptance into the program:

  • Morals, personal character, and integrity
  • Motivations and goals
  • Interview
  • Academic performance in college and dental school, including GPA and class rank
  • Performance on standardized tests
  • State Dental Licensure
  • Clinical experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Research experience
  • Letters of reference
  • Participation in organized dentistry/endodontics

Application Process

The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics participates in the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA) Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The program does not participate in the MATCH or ADAT program.

The ADEA/PASS program is a centralized application service for applicants applying to advanced dental education programs in the United States. Currently (May 2016) 37 out of 56 Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Endodontics participate in PASS. Further program details and application can be found using the PASS search engine.

PASS Specific Application

Application materials should be completed and received by PASS before August 1 in the year prior to anticipated admission. A total of 3 PEFs are required for the PASS application to be considered complete, in addition to all other requirements, such as CV, biographical data, etc. Completed PASS applications will be reviewed as the additional requested documentation is received by the Program Coordinator (see below). Invitations for formal on-site interviews will occur the first and second week of July, with other dates as needed until the class is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the PASS application process prior to August 1.

Program Specific Application

The following must be submitted directly to the program coordinator:

  • 2×2" passport size photo
  • A narrative stating your reasons for interest in pursuing advanced training in the specialty of endodontics. The narrative should include a specific statement of why you are interested in the program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Mail to:

Ms. Robin Thompson 
Department of Endodontics, Room C502 
875 Union Ave 
Memphis TN 38163

Do not send any certified transcripts directly to the program unless you have conditional acceptance.

Fees and Expenses

Tuition for both in-state and out-of-state post-graduate students is waived by the Board of Trustees of the University as endodontic post-graduate students are enrolled in the College of Graduate Health Sciences (CGHS). Enrollment in CGHS permits eligibility for Federal Student Aid.

The post-graduate clinical facility and conference room were built with the express purpose to attract outstanding applicants without the burden of purchasing capital expense items. As such, post-graduate students are assessed an annual clinic utilization fee of $12,750.00 ($6,375 due each of four semesters) which enables applicants to practice with state-of-the-art equipment and technology and allow continuous updating and maintenance of the clinic facility. Total yearly direct expenses related to the program are estimated at $22,000. This cost does not include any housing and cost-of-living expenses. No stipend is offered.

In addition to the program costs, post-graduate students are required to purchase 5 sets of scrubs (tops and pants) and a new Apple Macintosh laptop, purchased no more than 2 months prior to the start of the program. Student membership in the American Association of Endodontists is a mandatory requirement.

Post-graduate students are provided with all disposables and a complete set of hand and rotary instruments in order to perform contemporary endodontic treatment. The cost of variations from the initially provided instrument sets are borne personally by post-graduate students and will require approval as they progress through the program.

Attendance at national meetings (APICES, AAE annual session, College of Diplomates BRC) is mandatory. Expense for these activities are not reimbursed by the University, e.g. payment of meeting registrations, travel and lodging are the responsibility of the post-graduate student.

The table below outlines the maintenance fee (tuition plus other fees) for FY2016-18. Amounts shown for instruments, supplies, and textbooks are estimates only and are subject to change without notice.

Expense Description PGY1 PGY2
Clinic Utilization Fee (CECU) $12,750.00 $12,750.00
Professional meetings (e.g. AAE, Apices) $500.00 $3,750.00
Books & Supplies $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Laptop $1,700.00 $0.00
Scrubs $229.86 $0.00
Parking (if not living in dorm) $198.00 $198.00
SGA Fee $60.00 $60.00
Disability Insurance $1,400.00 $1,400.00
Hepatitis immunization $253.00 $0.00
Campus Technology Fee (CTEC) $480.00 $480.00
Other Dedicated Fees (CODF) $100.00 $100.00
Program & Service Fee—Health (CHHS) $400.00 $400.00
Program & Service Fee (CPSF) $800.00 $800.00
Student Health Insurance (CSHI)* $2,420.00 $2,420.00

*An affordable health insurance plan is available through the University. If the post-graduate student elects a different health insurance plan, proof of comparable coverage must be provided.

The University Student Financial Aid Department 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.

Last Published: Aug 16, 2018