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Endodontics, M.S. in Dentistry

The Center for Advanced Dental Education (CADE) at Saint Louis University offers a program in the specialty of endodontics that leads to the Master of Science in Dentistry degree and a certificate in endodontics. This program is offered in close affiliation with the Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health AT Still University. The program requirements are conducted at both Saint Louis University and the Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health AT Still. 

Curriculum Overview

Courses include preclinical endodontic technique, literature review, preclinical teaching practicum, clinical teaching practicum, pulp biology, concepts in biomedical science, principles of endodontic surgery, American Board of Endodontics review, clinical endodontics and thesis research.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

SLU’s graduate endodontic program focuses on a comprehensive clinical experience involving diagnosis and treatment of all categories of nonsurgical and surgical endodontic cases; courses encompassing biomedical and clinical concepts; and research related to the discipline of endodontics. Fifty one credits are required for graduation.

Students also receive training in research design and statistics and must conduct an original research project. This effort leads to the preparation and defense of a thesis and, subsequently, the production of a manuscript suitable for publication in a journal relating to the specialty of endodontics. The experience of discovery provided by such research is an integral part of the graduate program, and students are expected to produce a meaningful contribution to the field of endodontics.

Careers

Our goal is to prepare the graduate to pursue a career of many possibilities: as a clinician with a practice limited to endodontics, as a researcher or as a teacher of endodontics.

Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for matriculation in any CADE dental training program is the possession of a D.D.S., D.M.D., or equivalent general dental degree.

Students must have successfully passed a regional dental board examination and established eligibility for dental licensure in Missouri.

Application Criteria

  • Online application through ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • DAT scores
  • National board score test results (not required for international applicants)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Biographical goals statement
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Application Deadline

The deadline for completing the online application and submitting all supporting documents is July 1 for admission into the program the following July.

Review Process

A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly. Promising applicants are invited for on-site interviews in July.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.  

Accreditation

The endodontic program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Following completion of the program, graduates are educationally qualified for certification by the American Board of Endodontics.

  1. Graduates will be able to use the knowledge and concepts of endodontics, apply major practices, theories, or evidence-based literature in clinical endodontics.
  2. Graduates will be able to assess relevant literature or scholarly contributions in endodontics.
  3. Graduates will be able to articulate arguments or explanations to both a disciplinary or professional audience and to a general audience, in both oral and written forms.
  4. Graduates will be able to evidence scholarly and professional integrity in endodontics.
BBS 5100Ethics for Research Scientists0
CAD 5010Pain: Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Treatment1
CAD 5030Advanced Oral Microbiology2
CAD 5060Ethics and Dentistry0
CAD 5050Introduction to Statistical Inference3
CAD 5070Bone and Periodontal Physiology (offered even years)1
CAD 5250Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (taken over multiple semesters)0
CAD 5220Clinical Immunology1
CAD 5100Dental Therapeutics1
CAD 5110Small Business Basics1
CAD 5190Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy2
ENDG 5000Preclinical Endodontic Techniques1
ENDG 5120Management of the Medically Compromised Patient (offered even years)1
ENDG 5200Literature Review I1
ENDG 5210Literature Review II1
ENDG 5220Literature Review III1
ENDG 5230Literature Review IV1
ENDG 5240Literature Review V1
ENDG 5410Pulp Biology1
ENDG 5450Review of Inflammation for Endodontics (offered even years)1
ENDG 5470Concepts in Biomedical Science (offered odd years)1
ENDG 5510Principals of Endodontic Surgery1
ENDG 5520American Board of Endodontics Review1
ENDG 5600Clinical Endodontics I1
ENDG 5610Clinical Endodontics II2
ENDG 5620Clinical Endodontics III2
ENDG 5630Clinical Endodontics IV1
ENDG 5640Clinical Endodontics V2
ENDG 5650Clinical Endodontics VI2
ENDG 5660Clinical Endodontics VII1
ENDG 5910Endodontic Journal Club (taken over multiple semesters)4
ENDG 5950Special Study for Exams0
ENDG 5990Thesis Research (taken over multiple semesters)6
ORES 5100Research Methods in Health & Medicine3
CAD 5170Advanced Oral Pathology (and Medicine)2
ENDG 5700Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar1
Total Credits51

Non-Course Requirements

Supervised clinical endodontic treatment of patients; comprehensive endodontic specialty examinations utilizing written, oral, and practical clinical formats; teaching practicum.

The minimum clinical requirements are 300 cases and 15 surgical experiences. The program director is fully responsible for ensuring adequate experience in all phases of clinical endodontics.

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SummerCredits
CAD 5250 Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 0
ENDG 5000 Preclinical Endodontic Techniques 1
ENDG 5410 Pulp Biology 1
ENDG 5600 Clinical Endodontics I 1
ENDG 5910 Endodontic Journal Club 0
ENDG 5700 Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar 0
 Credits3
Fall
CAD 5050 Introduction to Statistical Inference 3
CAD 5250 Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 0
ENDG 5200 Literature Review I 1
ENDG 5450 Review of Inflammation for Endodontics 1
ENDG 5610 Clinical Endodontics II 2
ENDG 5910 Endodontic Journal Club 1
ENDG 5120 Management of the Medically Compromised Patient 1
ENDG 5700 Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar 0
 Credits9
Spring
BBS 5100 Ethics for Research Scientists 0
CAD 5030 Advanced Oral Microbiology 2
CAD 5060 Ethics and Dentistry 0
CAD 5100 Dental Therapeutics 1
CAD 5190 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 2
CAD 5250 Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 0
ENDG 5510 Principals of Endodontic Surgery 1
ENDG 5210 Literature Review II 1
ENDG 5470 Concepts in Biomedical Science (odd years only) 1
ENDG 5620 Clinical Endodontics III 2
ENDG 5910 Endodontic Journal Club 1
ENDG 5700 Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar 0
CAD 5070 Bone and Periodontal Physiology 1
 Credits12
Year Two
Summer
CAD 5010 Pain: Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Treatment 1
ORES 5100 Research Methods in Health & Medicine (online) 3
CAD 5110 Small Business Basics 1
CAD 5250 Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 0
ENDG 5220 Literature Review III 1
ENDG 5630 Clinical Endodontics IV 1
ENDG 5910 Endodontic Journal Club 1
ENDG 5990 Thesis Research 1
ENDG 5700 Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar 0
 Credits9
Fall
CAD 5220 Clinical Immunology 1
CAD 5250 Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 0
ENDG 5230 Literature Review IV 1
ENDG 5520 American Board of Endodontics Review 1
ENDG 5640 Clinical Endodontics V 2
ENDG 5910 Endodontic Journal Club 1
ENDG 5990 Thesis Research 2
ENDG 5700 Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar 0
 Credits8
Spring
CAD 5170 Advanced Oral Pathology (and Medicine) 2
CAD 5250 Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 0
ENDG 5240 Literature Review V 1
ENDG 5650 Clinical Endodontics VI 2
ENDG 5910 Endodontic Journal Club 0
ENDG 5990 Thesis Research 2
ENDG 5700 Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar 0
 Credits7
Year Three
Summer
CAD 5250 Multidisciplinary & Evidence Based Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 0
ENDG 5660 Clinical Endodontics VII 1
ENDG 5910 Endodontic Journal Club 0
ENDG 5950 Special Study for Exams (Oral Thesis Exam) 0
ENDG 5990 Thesis Research 1
ENDG 5700 Endodontic Case Presentation Seminar 1
 Credits3
 Total Credits51