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Pediatric Dentistry, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s advanced education program in pediatric dentistry offers a comprehensive 24-month course of study preparing you to provide comprehensive oral health care for children, including those who are medically compromised or have special health care needs.

About the Program

Saint Louis University’s advanced education program in pediatric dentistry is designed to meet the educational requirements for limitation of practice to pediatric dentistry and examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Emphasis is placed on all phases of pediatric dentistry.

The pediatric dentistry program is offered by Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, which strives to balance progressive excellence with the highest standards and the compassionate service of our Catholic, Jesuit heritage.

The program is university-based with an affiliation with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science in Dentistry with a concentration in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded at the conclusion of the program.

Program Highlights

The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry offers the student a comprehensive 24-month course of study in clinical and didactic pediatric dentistry and is designed to meet the educational requirements for limitation of practice to pediatric dentistry and examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Emphasis is placed on all phases of pediatric dentistry, and at the end of the program the student will be able to provide comprehensive oral health care for the well child, the medically compromised child and the child with special health care needs.

Extensive experience is provided in the areas of sedation, analgesia and the use of general anesthesia to deliver dental treatment. Research experience is gained through completion of a master’s thesis research project.

The pediatric dental postgraduate program is a newly remodeled 6-chair clinic. Each operatory is equipped with digital radiographic capabilities and nitrous oxide. A small office area, as well as break room, library and classrooms are provided for the residents.

Curriculum and Program Details

Seminars are held that cover topics relevant to pediatric dentistry, and a literature review course will discuss current and classic articles from pediatric dental literature. Multi-disciplinary seminars are held in conjunction with the graduate programs in orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics.

Formal courses are presented in biostatistics, oral medicine, oral pathology, early and mixed dentition, therapeutics, practice management and some basic sciences. Off-service rotations occur in general anesthesia, pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency room and craniofacial clinic.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Students will gain operating room experience, as well as necessary clinical rotations at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Residents will provide 24 hour/7 day per week dental consultation to the Cardinal Glennon emergency room, a Level I Pediatric Emergency Room.

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 orthodontics. The experience of discovery provided by such research is an integral part of the graduate program, students are expected to produce a meaningful contribution to the field of pediatric dentistry.

  • Daniel C. Stoeckel, D.D.S., Program Director
  • Craig S. Hollander, D.D.S
  • Richard L. O’Brien, D.D.S
  • Adam M. Snyder, D.M.D.
  • Larry W. Thomas, D.D.S
  • Stephanie L. Whitley, D.M.D.
Our goal is to prepare you to pursue a career of many possibilities. Graduates are prepared to be clinicians with a practice limited to pediatric dentistry, researchers or teachers of dentistry.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Applicant Criteria

Applicants should possess a D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA-accredited or Canadian accredited dental school, or an equivalent degree from an accredited foreign dental school.  Applicants from foreign dental schools must be able to obtain a Missouri dental license.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Online application and fee
Three letters of recommendation
Successful completion of part one of the National Dental Board at the time of application and successful completion of part two by the time of matriculation. National board score test results should be sent to; not required for international applicants. Foreign applicants are exempt from this requirement.
Biographical goals statement
CV or Resume with photo (2x2 or 3x5)
National Match number

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Applications must be completed by October 1 to be considered for the pediatric dentistry program that will begin in the summer semester of the following year. This is a 24-month program commencing on or about July 1 of each year.

Review Process

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