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Admission Requirements

Applicants for 2023 Cycle - Important

Candidates should mail a 2 x 2 passport size photo to:

Sherry R, Henson
College of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics
875 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN  38163

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

Notification when your application is complete will be sent through PASS. Please do not send requests to check the status of your application as this slows down our process.

You will be notified if your application is incomplete by email closer to the deadline.

Criteria for Application

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

  • DDS, DMD from a CODA accredited dental school 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 (April 2023) 56 out of 56 Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Endodontics participate in PASS.  An additional 3 Canadian universities participate. 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
June 30.

Program Specific Application

The following must be submitted directly to the program coordinator:

  • 2×2" passport size photo

Can be mailed to or emailed to:

Sherry R. Henson
College of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics
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 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. A small stipend is offered.

In addition to the program costs, post-graduate students are required to purchase 5 sets of scrubs (ceil blue tops and pants with UTHSC's specific embroidery) and a new Windows laptop, purchased no more than 6 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 FY2023-24. 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. Apices, AAE) $500.00 $3,750.00
Student Health Insurance* $3734 $3734
Books & Supplies $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Laptop $1,700.00 $0.00
Scrubs (5 sets with UTHSC logo and name) $300 $0.00
Parking $198.00 $198.00
Institutional Fees $990 $990

*Insurance - 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:

UTHSC Student Health Insurance
UTHSC Resident & Post-Doc Insurance Information
University Health Services

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.

Apr 28, 2023