Endodontics

http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/

Degree Offered

  • Master of Science

General Information

The School of Dentistry and the Department of Endodontics offer a program of advanced study and clinical training leading to the degree of Master of Science. The program requires a minimum of thirty-four months (three academic years and two summer sessions) of full-time residency in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in endodontic clinical practice, teaching, and research.

A stipend plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Endodontics at the end of the second year for the Summer Session and Fall/Spring Semesters.  Special fees are not covered by the tuition waiver. You must pay these each term/semester.

Inquiries concerning this program should be directed to the Office of Dental Admissions and Recruitment. Applications will be processed by the School of Dentistry. Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified soon after interviews are completed.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  For details about the faculty, publications, and alumni information, please visit the Department website at http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/graduate-programs/endodontics/.

Program Goals 

  • Provide the education and training necessary for graduate dentists to practice in the specialty of Endodontics.
  • Provide the basis for a specialist in Endodontics to achieve Board Certification in Endodontics. 

Graduate Courses

Advanced Oral Surgery:  Advanced study of therapeutics, hospital protocol, and surgical aspects of oral surgery involving lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and clinical applications.

Advanced Topics:  Biomedical Sciences Module Series: The Biomedical Sciences Module series has been designed as an online course for students enrolled in the advanced education programs in the WVU School of Dentistry.  Three modules currently exist.  They include pharmacology, anatomy/histology/embryology, and microbiology/immunology/genetics.

The content of these modules focuses on the clinical application of each of the biomedical sciences to dentistry.  Cases will be used to integrate theory and practice.  Students will attend a virtual classroom by viewing online lectures, reading prescribed materials, and interacting with faculty and classmates through an online discussion forum.

Advanced Topics:  Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Applied Biostatistics for Health:  Statistical models, distributions, probability, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confident intervals, regression, correlation, transformations, F and Chi-square distributions, analysis of variance and multiple comparisons.

Clinical Endodontics:  Graduate of an accredited dental school and admission to the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics or consent.  Clinical endodontic practice in the areas of:  ordinary endodontic cases, complex endodontic cases, hemisection, root amputation, replantation, transplantation, endodontic implantation, vital pulp therapy, apexification, and bleaching.

Endodontic Theory:  Provides seminar discussions in the topics of:  basic endodontic techniques, advanced endodontic techniques, endodontic literature review, case presentation, and advanced endodontic theory.

Research:  Research activities leading to a thesis, problem report, research paper, or equivalent scholarly project.

Special Studies in Oral Pathology:  Advanced study of local or systemic disease processes affecting oral structures through seminars.

Teaching Practicum:  Supervised practice in college teaching of dentistry.

Admission Requirements

The program's requirements are as follows:

  • Must have passed the National Dental Board Examination—Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Must have earned a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree, or equivalent.
  • Must be a graduate of an accredited US or Canadian Dental School.
  • Complete and submit a WVU Graduate Application.
  • Must be proficient in the English language and report most recent TOEFL score (if foreign applicant).
  • Must display evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement that would indicate the applicant’s ability to progress in a program of this nature. Generally, a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.
  • Must apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)  http://www.adea.org/ and have all application materials submitted by August 1.  For more detailed information, go to the School of Dentistry website (http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/graduate-programs/endodontics/).
  • Will consider ADAT scores submitted with the ADEA PASS application.
  • Must consent to and pass a criminal background investigation prior to final acceptance.
  • Must submit documentation of all required immunizations. A complete list is available on the School of Dentistry website.
  • Must meet certain Federal and University standards regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  To comply with these standards, all individuals admitted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and dental graduate programs must successfully complete the Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research (BRCR) online course offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  The BRCR course must be completed no later than 30 days after beginning your first semester in the education program.  Failure to satisfy this requirement within the specified period of time will impact your enrollment.
  • Must become familiar with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry's policy and procedure for Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases.
  • Must be eligible for a West Virginia dental license or permit.

Degree Requirements

  • Fulfill University requirements for graduate study.
  • Complete 34 months (three academic years and two summer sessions) of consecutive full-time advanced study and clinical training at the School of Dentistry.
  • Complete an approved master’s thesis based on original research completed during the course of study in an area related to endodontics.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a final oral examination.
  • Must successfully complete all didactic and clinical work in the required curriculum.
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory clinical competency in endodontics.
  • Complete a minimum of 87 credit hours, including 49 hours of endodontic courses, a minimum of 14 hours of selected basic sciences subjects, 12 hours teaching practicum, and a thesis (12 hours).
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA or an overall competence in the student’s field. A minimum grade of B must be earned in all work attempted in the master’s program. A grade of C or below in two courses will require a faculty review of the student’s progress. A third C or below will result in suspension from the program.

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Minimum grade of B is required in all courses. *
BIOS 601Applied Biostatistics 13
BIOS 602Applied Biostatistics Lab1
DENT 600Advanced Oral Surgery3
DENT 601Advanced Oral Microbiology3
DENT 687Research Methods1
Teaching Practicum12
Teaching Practicum (Repeated)
DENT Biomedical Sciences - PCOL1
DENTBiomedical Sciences-ANAT1
Clinical Endodontics 35
Clinical Endodontics (Repeated)
Endodontic Theory12
Endodontic Theory Yr-Sm (Repeated)
ENDO 697Research12
ORTH 625Orthodontic Seminar1
PATH 601Special Studies in Oral Pathology2
Master's Thesis
Oral Examination
Demonstrate clinical competency in endodontics
Total Hours87

Suggested Plan of Study

First SemesterHours
DENT 6001
ORTH 6251
ENDO 6882
ENDO 6893
 7
Second SemesterHours
DENT 6002
BIOS 6013
PATH 6012
BIOS 6021
ENDO 6883
ENDO 6893
Biomedical Sciences-PCOL1
 15
Third SemesterHours
DENT 6871
ENDO 6883
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6902
DENT 6013
 12
Fourth SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6902
Biomedical Sciences-ANAT1
ENDO 6972
 9
Fifth SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6892
ENDO 6902
ENDO 6971
 9
Sixth SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6892
ENDO 6902
ENDO 6973
 11
Seventh SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6891
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6973
 9
Eighth SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6891
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6972
 8
Ninth SemesterHours
ENDO 6885
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
 7
Total credit hours: 87

Major Learning Goals

Endodontics

  • Provide the educational and training necessary for graduate dentists to practice in their specialty.
  • Provide the education and training necessary for a specialist to achieve Board Certification.

Courses

ENDO 688. Clinical Endodontics. 1-5 Hours.

(May be repeated for credit.) PR: Graduate of an accredited dental school and admission to the advanced education program in endodontics or consent. Clinical endodontic practice in the areas of: ordinary endodontic cases, complex endodontic cases, hemisection, root amputation, replantation, transplantation, endodontic implantation, vital pulp therapy, apexification, and bleaching.

ENDO 689. Endodontic Theory Yr-Sm. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit hours.) Provides seminar discussions in the topics of basic endodontic techniques, advanced endodontic techniques, endodontic literature review case presentation, and advanced endodontic theory.

ENDO 690. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of dentistry. Note: this course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given collges teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience.

ENDO 691. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ENDO 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis (697), problem report (697), research paper or equivalent scholarly project (697), or a dissertation (797). (Grading may be S/U.).


Faculty

Assistant professors

  • Marvin L. Speer - DDS, MS, FACD
    Graduate Program Director
  • Keith L. Hildebrand - DDS, MS
    Department Chair