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Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine
--- Graduate Programs

Program Description

The postdoctoral programs are diverse and flexible. Four educational tracks, emphasizing oral and maxillofacial pathology or oral and maxillofacial radiology, allow postdoctoral students to obtain advanced clinical, didactic, and research-related education while pursuing a Master of Oral Science degree.

Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Students in this program pursue a comprehensive study of basic biologic and health sciences in preparation for teaching and research. A minimum of 30 semester hours of satisfactory graduate credit is required and the program is usually completed in 36 months. The certificate program requires satisfactory completion of all required courses specified by the Department for Specialty Certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology as well as satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination covering the specialty of oral and maxillofacial pathology. The educational requirements of the certificate program in oral and maxillofacial pathology meet the requirements for the preparation of dental specialists as set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Students in this program pursue a comprehensive study of basic biologic and health sciences in preparation for teaching and research. A minimum of 30 semester hours of satisfactory graduate credit is required and the program is usually completed in 36 months. The certificate program requires satisfactory completion of all required courses specified by the Department for Specialty Certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology as well as satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination covering the specialty of oral and maxillofacial radiology. The educational requirements of the certificate program in oral and maxillofacial radiology meet the requirements for preparation of dental specialists as set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
Advanced Degree Programs:
The Masters of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is also available and can be completed concurrently in combination with the certificate program. The program is designed to comply with the regulations of The University of Iowa Graduate College for programs of higher education.
The M.S. curriculum adds courses in the biomedical sciences and research methodology to those required for the certificate program. The coursework is completed under the direction of Graduate Faculty within the College of Dentistry. Students must prepare and defend a thesis based upon an original research project. Research facilities and support personnel are available through the Dows Institute for Dental Research, located within the College, or University basic science departments. The M.S. degree in Oral Science is awarded by the Graduate College. Individuals may require more than the 36 month minimum for the certificate program to complete the additional requirements for the M.S. degree.
Courses of study leading to a Ph.D. degree are offered through interdisciplinary affiliations with University basic science departments. The Ph.D. degree is awarded by the Graduate College in the chosen basic science field. A minimum of five to six years are normally required to complete the certificate and Ph.D. programs.