Advanced Specialty Education in Endodontics

Next application deadline: July 1, 2021

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry has offered a fully accredited advanced education program in endodontics since 1970. The program leads to a certificate of specialization in endodontics which satisfies the requirements mandated by the American Board of Endodontics for examination and board certification.

The goals of the certificate program are to:


Length: 24 consecutive months - Starts the first of July each year.

Summer Term I
Project Planning & Design 1st year Resident
Advanced Pre-Clinical Endodontics 1st year Resident
Literature Review 2nd year Resident
Current Literature 2nd year Resident
Clinical Endodontics 2nd year Resident

Fall Term (Aug through Dec): (*: the course is offered every other year)
Oral Pathology 1st year Resident
*Advanced Microbiology & Immunology 1st & 2nd year Resident
Oral Anatomy 1st year Resident
*Advanced Oral Biology 1st & 2nd year Resident
Literature Review 1st & 2nd year Resident
Medical Management/Emergencies 1st year Resident
Current Literature 1st & 2nd year Resident
Clinical Endodontics 1st & 2nd year Resident
Case Presentation 1st & 2nd year Resident
Supervision, Clinical Teaching 2nd year Resident

Spring Term (Jan through May): (*: the course is offered every other year)
* Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 1st & 2nd year Resident
*Advanced Biostatics 1st & 2nd year Resident
Conscious Sedation 1st year Resident
Physical & Laboratory Diagnosis 1st & 2nd year Resident
Literature Review 1st & 2nd year Resident
Current Literature 1st & 2nd year Resident
Clinical Endodontics 1st & 2nd year Resident
Case Presentation 1st & 2nd year Resident
Supervised, Pre-Clinical Teaching 1st year Resident

Summer Term II
Endodontic Topics 1st & 2nd year Resident
Literature Review 1st & 2nd year Resident
Current Literature 1st & 2nd year Resident
Clinical Endodontics 1st & 2nd year Resident
Case Presentation 1st & 2nd year Resident 


Application and Admission:

  • Please keep in mind the July 1 deadline for all applications to the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Endodontic Graduate Program.
  • All College of Dentistry postgraduate programs admissions are handled by the college's postgraduate admissions office. Please direct any questions regarding application including, how, when, forms, requirements to Deb Dalton, (402) 472-6205, ddalton@unmc.edu
  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Endodontic Graduate Program requires all applicants to submit a PASS application, supplemental application and $50 application fee. 
    • The Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) application is online. Visit www.ADEA.org for step-by-step instructions. The PASS website has an August 1 deadline, but UNMC's deadline is July 1. Please be mindful of this discrepancy when you apply through PASS.
    • The supplemental UNMC Postgraduate Program application and fee payment are online. Instructions will be sent to you by email after you have submitted the PASS application. 
    • The application needs to be complete for an applicant to be considered during the review process. 

Who can apply:

  • Must have a professional dental degree from an A.D.A.-accredited dental college or school with the degree designation of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
  • Provisional acceptance exists for students in the final stages of dental education.
  • In addition, the applicants must have a valid license to practice within the United States of America or be licensed as such by the time they are to begin the postgraduate program in endodontics. Once accepted, a Nebraska dental license is required to participate in the program.
  • At the present time foreign trained dentists (non-U.S. or non-Canadian dental degrees) are not being accepted for the postgraduate endodontic training program. This is because of licensing restrictions.

Applications for the program are evaluated on the basis of the following factors (listed in order):

  1. G.P.A. / ADAT
  2. Completed/currently in Advanced General Dentistry Programs/General Practice Residency Programs.
  3. Research activities and publication
  4. Recommendations and interest in Endodontics
  5. Academic/teaching interest.
  6. Private Practice experience

Individuals selected from the applicant pool for consideration for admission are invited for a personal interview which is an additional basis for selection of candidates.

Requirements upon acceptance in the program:

  1. Deposit: To reserve your position in the program, it will be necessary for you to forward a deposit of $400 along with a letter of acceptance of the position. This deposit will be applied to your postgraduate program fees when you matriculate. It will be forfeited if you fail to enroll in July.

  2. Immunizations: Each entering resident must verify at the time of matriculation that he or she has completed the accepted routine of vaccinations. An immunization record is required in order for the resident to be registered.

  3. Nebraska Licensure: All postgraduate residents are required to get a Nebraska Dental License (temporary or regular) and federal and state DEA licenses before September 1 of the year of their admission.

    Failure to obtain Nebraska Dental License and federal and state DEA licenses by September 1 will result in a reduction of duties, reduction or elimination of stipend, an extension of time necessary to complete program requirements, or dismissal from the program.

    It is possible for a resident who has graduated from an A.D.A. accredited American or Canadian dental school to obtain a temporary Nebraska Dental License during the time he or she is enrolled as a full time postgraduate resident. The temporary license is only for practice related activities within the College of Dentistry.

    After acceptance into the postgraduate program licensure information may be obtained from the State of Nebraska Department of Health, Bureau of Examining Boards, P.0. Box 95007, Lincoln, NE 68509 5007.

  4. For a regular license, the State Board accepts the results of the clinical examination given by the Central Regional Dental Testing Service. The State Board also has provisions for licensure by credentials and interview for individuals licensed in other states.

  5. Equipment Purchase: All residents accepted into the program are required to purchase an endodontic microscope.

  6. Scholarly Activity: During their tenure at the University of Nebraska, each resident is required to engage in some type of scholarly activity presented or published outside of the College of Dentistry. Common examples would be submission of a paper to a refereed journal, or presentation of an abstract or poster at a regional or national meeting. The subject matter of this scholarly activity may be results of their research, a case report, or a literature review. This program requirement will be verified, prior to graduation, by the program director.

  7. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Each resident is required to be certified and maintain certification in basic CPR. A copy of the valid certification in basic CPR must be maintained at the College of Dentistry. Re-certification is available at the College of Dentistry.

  8. Emergencies and After-Hour Patient Care: The College of Dentistry has determined that a course in Emergencies and Pain Control and participation on the CODE BLUE team and the After Hours Emergency Care Program are part of the academic program for all residents located in programs housed in the College of Dentistry in Lincoln. The course will be scheduled during the first year as a required course for all new postgraduate residents.

  9. Organizations: Each resident is strongly urged to participate in professional organizations, particularly the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontist (AAE). Attendance at the annual meeting of the AAE is encouraged as well as attendance at local dental and endodontic meetings.

  10. Patient Treatment: Each resident is required to adhere to departmental and college policies and procedures regarding patient care. These policies and procedures include those outlined in the Operations Manual and Clinical Policies Manual. In addition, each resident is required to review with the departmental faculty all cases assigned for patient care. This process will include a pretreatment evaluation (to establish a diagnosis and treatment plan), treatment procedures, postoperative results, and recall evaluations.

    During this process the resident will also be required to consult with faculty from other departments within the college to insure both quality and continuity in patient care. Following completion of each case, the resident will refer the patient for appropriate restorative therapy, and recall the patient at prescribed intervals to evaluate the patient's response to treatment. Upon completion of the program the resident will review and transfer each case he has treated and is currently treating to a first year postgraduate resident. As a minimum each resident will complete the number of cases required by the American Board of Endodontics.

    Clinical treatment will be provided at the dental school in Lincoln for patients of record there. Additionally, residents may provide clinical treatment while on rotations at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lincoln and the Munroe Meyer Institute in Omaha, GPR program in Omaha, and surgery rotation at Creighton University in Omaha.


2020-21 Program Costs

For postgraduate students with a U.S. or Canadian dental degree, and Nebraska residents.

Clinical Fees
$2,806 Fall Term (July 1-December 31)
$2,806 Spring Term (January 1-June 30)
$5,612 Per Year

Equipment Assessment
$2,050 Per Year

$7,662 Per Year

One time $30 fee for background check.


Currently, GME-eligible (U.S. or Canadian dental degree) Endodontics residents will be appointed as 1.0 FTE employees and will receive a salary. GME-eligible postgraduate residents are eligible for a flexible benefit package which includes choices among health, life, and disability insurance. Future income is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds and, therefore, is subject to change at any time.

Resident Loans and Loan Deferment

Currently, postgraduate residents are considered students of the College of Dentistry for financial aid purposes. Postgraduate residents may get financial aid information from the UNMC Financial Aid Office and resident loan payments for postgraduate residents can be deferred. 

Vacation/Sick Leave

Postgraduate residents shall have ten (10) scheduled working days of paid leave per year. Leave includes vacation and sick leave. All leave requests must be submitted and approved by the program director. Residents have additional vacation days that do not count toward the 10-day limit when the University is closed (e.g., the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day).

Private Practice

The Dental Resident shall not be permitted or engage in any private dental practice. Violation of this clause may result in dismissal from the program.


The University of Nebraska has in force professional liability insurance covering all residents within the College of Dentistry.

Current coverage is $1,000,000 per person per occurrence, with $100,000 deductible. The University provides self insurance for the $100,000 deductible through the University's general and professional liability insurance program.


As employees of the University, GME eligible postgraduate residents are considered to be residents of the State of Nebraska. Ordinarily residents who are not GME eligible are considered not to be residents of the State of Nebraska.


In conjunction with a resident’s education leading to a Certificate of Specialization in Endodontics, a program is available to complete the requirements for a M.S/Ph.D degree.

A program is available and awarded by the Graduate College through the College of Dentistry in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA).

The program consists of expanded course-work, the conduct of an approved research project, and the submission of a formal thesis. This program is administrated by the graduate college and is not related to the certificate program; there is no clinical component, and extra course work may be required depending on the resident’s area of study. If interested in being admitted to the Graduate College, it is important to make a formal application as soon as possible after acceptance into the postgraduate program.
Extra time will be needed to meet the requirements of the M.S./Ph.D. degree.


In accordance with University policy, UNMC prohibits the denial of admission or of Medical Center privileges to residents or applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or religious or political beliefs. These privileges include but are not limited to admission, class assignments, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid, as well as housing and recreational facilities. Furthermore, resident organizations must base their selection of residents for membership on criteria which will not include race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Admittance to UNMC programs will not be denied to otherwise qualified disabled individuals solely by reason of their disability. Qualified disabled persons are those who meet the academic and technical standards for each program. These nonacademic skills are essential to successful program completion.

In summary, UNMC policies are in accord with:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Sections 799A and 854 of the Public Health Services Act
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The objective of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to recruit and retain persons of high moral and ethical character. In accordance with this objective, the University of Nebraska Medical Center reserves the right to review a candidate’s suitability for admission.

This is a general information publication. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to residents or complete descriptions of postdoctoral programs. The provisions of this view book do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, resident or faculty member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the College of Dentistry, or the University of Nebraska system.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry reserves the right to add, change, or withdraw courses at any time, to change tuition or fees, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduate procedures, and any other requirement affecting residents. Stipend support is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine.

Further information may be obtained from:

Postgraduate Dental Programs
Contact: Julie Buss
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740