Certificate and Masters' Degree: Dental Diagnostic Science

State-of-the-art training in: Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Forensic Odontology, Geriatric Dentistry is available through the Advanced Education Program in Dental Diagnostic Science. The Department Faculty work with each student to develop an individualized plan of study.

This 30 month program prepares dentists for careers in specialized diagnostic clinical practice. Core training in Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging, clinicoradiologic correlation, and Forensic Odontology is followed by intensive training in one or more areas of the student's choice. Certificate Program students will acquire:

Advanced clinical skills in Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging and in clinicoradiologic correlation:
- General dental radiology, including technique and interpretation of intraoral and panoramic images
- Advanced imaging including intraoral photography, skull radiology, plain film tomography, sialography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear imaging
- Rotations in hospital radiology, dental radiology clinic, and tertiary care oral and maxillofacial radiology clinic
- Clinicopathologic conference, radiology grand rounds and radiology case conferences
- Digital imaging, image processing, and image analysis
- Courses in imaging physics, radiation biology, pathology, statistics, and biomedical sciences
- Rotations in various clinical services including geriatric extended care settings, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and oral diagnosis clinic with emphasis on clinicoradiologic correlation
- Selection from a wide range of clinical and basic science electives

Advanced skills in Forensic Odontology:
- Lectures and lab experiences in forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, forensic pathology, and forensic dental photography
- Participation in an active forensic odontology practice including autopsies, dental identification cases, and bitemark cases
- Collaboration with local and regional, civilian and military, forensic and legal services

Students also learn to practice evidence-based oral health care through participation in a journal club focused on clinical problems. Students learn to exploit information technology to improve oral health through the use of personal computers, electronic databases, local networks, diagnostic support software, the Internet, and computer-based instruction. Depending upon the student's plan of study, successful completion of the Certificate Program can fulfill the formal education requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the American Board of Forensic Odontology.

This 36 month program includes both the Certificate Program and training for a career in academic dentistry. Students participate in the ongoing teaching and research programs of the Department in addition to didactic and participation courses in teaching methods, research methods, and biostatistics. Fulfillment of the MasterÕs Degree program includes satisfactory completion of a thesis project. Students may choose from a wide variety of biological, physical, educational, and/or clinical research inside or outside the Department. Students who desire a more extensive research training may apply for a PhD program to pursue expertise in either physical or biological aspects of Radiological Sciences through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

These one-to-twelve month programs are custom-designed to enhance the diagnostic skills of the private generalist, the dental specialist in any field, or the academic dentist. These focus on selected clinical, laboratory, and classroom experiences listed above (see "Certificate Program") that meet the particular needs of the individual dentist.

This two-year program is a collaborative effort of the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science, the Department of Medicine, and the Audie Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. This program is clinically focused, preparing graduates for all aspects of clinical care of well to functionally dependent elderly patients. Participants may pursue a Master's Degree in Public Health or in Dental Diagnostic Science.