Postgraduate Program Policies & Procedures

Academic Performance

If a student does not receive a passing grade in a program component, the student will be placed on academic probation until the component is completed, or until the end of the next academic session in which that component is offered, or as determined by the Postgraduate Education Committee, whichever occurs first. A student on academic probation will have a Hold placed on his or her future registration, and will need to meet with the Assistant Dean for Research and Postgraduate and Graduate Dental Education before registering for any subsequent semesters/sessions. Probationary status may affect student's eligibility for certain student activities and for financial aid. A failed subject must be absolved by satisfactorily retaking the component at a time approved by the program director and the course director. If, by the end of academic probation, the student does not pass the component the next time it is offered or remove the deficiency, the student is not eligible for registration and will be dismissed from the College.

A student who has failed the same subject twice, here or elsewhere, is not eligible for registration in the College. Any student who fails more than two components in any academic semester or session will be dismissed from the College of Dentistry. Any student dismissed for academic reasons may petition for readmission. The Postgraduate Education Committee will act on the petition and, if in the affirmative, will prescribe the academic readmission level. The committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the Dean for final approval.

The Postgraduate Education Committee reserves the right to dismiss a student from the College of Dentistry whenever he or she does not, in its judgment, show sufficient promise to justify allowing him or her to continue studies regardless of grades. Students, at all times, are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Misconduct, either in or out of the College, will not be tolerated and may serve as grounds for dismissal.

The faculty of the College of Dentistry has determined that violation of the Academic Integrity and Professional Guidelines such as cheating, academic misconduct, fabrication and plagiarism will automatically result in failure of the course.

Admissions Process

  1. All applications will be forwarded to the correct department when the application deadline has passed. The Program Director will establish a Review Committee including at least two representatives from the department to review applications.
  2. The Review Committee will determine acceptable candidates and forward the files to the Assistant Dean for Research and Postgraduate and Graduate Dental Education. The Assistant Dean will make the files available to the Postgraduate Education Committee for evaluation. A majority of this committee must approve acceptance.
  3. If the candidate is approved, the Assistant Dean for Research and Postgraduate and Graduate Dental Education will inform the Program Director and formally notify the candidate of acceptance and request an admission deposit.

Evaluation & Grades

Students are registered each academic session with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the postgraduate program of their declared specialty area. Component lectures, seminars, clinics and rotations of each program are graded on a Pass/Fail basis by the course director and recorded at the College of Dentistry. Unless different arrangements are made by a program director before the initiation of a component course, it is expected that a Pass grade will designate that all criteria have been met.

Credit will not be given for completion of an academic session until students achieve a Pass grade in all components of the postgraduate program. If one or more components (e.g., seminars, didactic courses, clinic) of the program is not satisfactorily completed, an Incomplete will be recorded for that academic session on University records. Satisfactory completion of the component must be achieved in a manner designated by the course director. Reexamination, remediation and reexamination, or repeating the component are the customary methods to resolve the issue. The Incomplete on University records will be changed to a Pass when the director of each component notifies the Assistant Dean for Research and Postgraduate and Graduate Dental Education that the student has satisfactorily completed the component(s). This notification must take place no later than the end of the next academic session in which the component is offered. An incomplete that remains at the end of that academic session will be changed to a Fail (F) on University records.

A Certificate of Specialization will not be awarded until a Pass grade is recorded on University records for every component of a program.

Postgraduate Committee

Each student will have an Advisory Committee consisting of at least two faculty members. One member will be the program director and one additional advisor may be chosen from the faculty. Members of the Committee must have an academic appointment of 0.5 F.T.E. or greater. This committee should be selected by October 15 of the first year in training and submitted to the PEC.

The Advisory Committee has the responsibility for guiding the postgraduate program of the student, informing the PEC of student progress and recommending to the PEC whether or not the student has fulfilled all the departmental requirements and is ready to receive a Certificate of Specialization. Students should check with specific clinical departments for a listing of their requirements for the Certificate of Specialization.

A report from the Advisory Committee must be filed at the completion of each academic session with the PEC. Grades will not be recorded for a student until the Advisory Committee report is received.

Program Requirements

Each student will successfully complete a program of study and additional requirements outlined by the individual program director and approved by the College of Dentistry Postgraduate Education Committee. Upon successful completion of all phases of the program and the recommendation of the program director, the Postgraduate Education Committee will certify the awarding of a Certificate of Specialization.

The program of study for each postgraduate program is determined by the respective departments in accordance with the Commission on Dental Accreditation standards and in accordance with the College of Dentistry Postgraduate Education Committee (PEC) and recommendation of the individual Program Director.

Each program requires successful completion of all phases of the outlined program within a time designated by the PEC.

Students within the postgraduate program may be simultaneously pursuing an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) within the Graduate College. The criteria for completion of the programs are independent. Successful completion of one set of criteria does not ensure the attainment of the other.

Rights & Responsibilities

The Bylaws of the Board of Regents protect the rights of each member of the University Community. Each individual has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and each has the right to learn. With these rights comes the responsibility of each individual to maintain an atmosphere in which others may exercise their human rights and their right to learn. Chapter V of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents fully delineates the rights and responsibilities of students.

1. Access to student records

The University of Nebraska College of Dentistry policy regarding student file information is in compliance with provisions of the Buckley Amendment. A full statement of policy is on file in the Registrar's Office and may be examined anytime during business hours.

2. Grade Appeals

As provided by the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, postgraduate students enrolled in the College of Dentistry have the right to challenge any evaluation of their academic progress that they feel has been "prejudiced or capricious." The College of Dentistry follows the appeal process as described in the University of Nebraska Medical Center document entitled "Procedural Guidelines for Handling Student Appeals of Academic Evaluations." A copy of the "Guidelines" is on file in the Office of the Dean.

A student may initiate the appeal process by first discussing the matter with the instructor involved. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be met, the instructor will inform the student of the appropriate appeal procedures, as defined in the UNMC Procedural Guidelines for Handling Student Appeals of Academic Evaluations.

A student who wishes to appeal a grade assigned by a faculty member of the UNMC (Omaha) campus may appeal to the chair of the department granting admission to the course. If the grade is assigned by a faculty member of the UNMC (Omaha) campus as a disciplinary action, the student may appeal to the College of Dentistry Student-Faculty Hearing Board.
Student grade appeals within the College of Dentistry will fall under the jurisdiction of the Grade Appeals Committee of the College of Dentistry.

3. Student Discipline

In accordance with Section 5.4 of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents and to ensure the protection of students' rights, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has established general procedures that must be followed if any disciplinary action is proposed against students. Students will be informed in writing by the Dean's Office of the specific charges, the supporting evidence, and the proposed disciplinary action. The Dean's Office will also inform students of their right to appeal. The UNMC "Procedural Rules Relating to Student Discipline" may be found in the UNMC Student Handbook. The code of Student Discipline is published in the College of Dentistry Operations Manual.

4. Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the UNMC and the College of Dentistry that sexual harassment will not be condoned, and that prompt and appropriate corrective action will be taken against any employee or student found violating this policy. Prompt and appropriate corrective action also will be taken in instances of irresponsible, false accusations of sexual harassment. A complete statement of Policies and Procedures Regarding Sexual Harassment is on file in the offices of the Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and is available on request. 

Disclosure of Gainful Employment

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Tuition & Fees: $25,260
Supplies & Equipment: $2,500
Time Completion Rate: 30 months

Endodontist
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Tuition & Fees: $15,040
Supplies & Equipment: $15,100
Time Completion Rate: 24 months

Pediatric Dentistry
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Tuition & Fees: $15,040
Supplies & Equipment: $2,500
Time Completion Rate: 24 months

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Tuition & Fees: $22,980
Supplies & Equipment: $4,000
Time Completion Rate: 36 months

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