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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Periodontics Program

Introduction to the Program

The Postgraduate Periodontics Program begins the 1st week in July of each year and runs for 36 months. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Certificate in Periodontics and are eligible to take the American Board of Periodontology examinations. If a Master's degree is pursued, students are prepared to defend a Master's Thesis.

The program is multifaceted and utilizes the extensive facilities and outstanding personnel of the University of Colorado Denver to provide:

  • A strong foundation in the basic sciences, including surgical anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, research methodology, and others.
  • Clinical science courses that include occlusion, oral medicine, oral pathology, minor tooth movement, and multi-disciplinary courses such as periodontics-prosthetics, periodontics-endodontics, dental implantology, etc.
  • An extensive review of the periodontal literature to provide the basis for understanding current philosophies of therapy and to establish a scientific basis for formulating comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Exposure to a wide range of periodontal problems requiring a variety of therapeutic procedures. Students are encouraged to work with several different full-time and part-time faculty to gain experience in and to be able to evaluate firsthand the different techniques available.
  • Research opportunities in either basic science or clinical areas to enable the student to accomplish a meaningful original research project.
  • Some experience in a hospital environment at various hospital facilities on the Anschutz Medical Campus (University Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado), involving both outpatient and operating room surgery.
  • Teaching experience in both the classroom and clinic to communicate those principals and skills acquired during training.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Maintain a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Successful completion of all required courses or their appropriate substitutes
  • Attendance at all classes and clinics assigned
  • Successful completion of exams
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency in Periodontics
  • Be a Student Member of the American Academy of Periodontology
  • Be a Student Member of the American Dental Association

New periodontal patients are welcome.

We are accepting new patients and we welcome you to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Postdoctoral Periodontics Program. Please call us at (303) 724-7009.

Mission and Goals 

Mission and Goals

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Admission Procedures 

Admission Procedures

Learn about the admission procedures for the CU School of Dental Medicine’s Graduate Program in Periodontics

Contact Information 

Contact Information

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