Geriatric Dentistry

Overview – Masters of Science in Geriatric Dentistry

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • Students can continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • The program includes 17 courses (30.5 units) and is designed for both US and international students
  • The program is 37 months in length, beginning in May and ending in June
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans and financial aid to those who qualify
  • Students typically can work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, 1 live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • The program includes a capstone project, in which students–with faculty guidance–prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic in orofacial pain, oral medicine or dental sleep medicine.
  • The program is primarily online but also includes practical training conducted during sessions at the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic
  • The program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Year 1

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

This two trimester course involves lectures on mucosal, cutaneous, gingival, salivary diseases and local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures in the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Lectures on the osseous and odontogenic pathologies in the oral and maxillofacial region, plus information about the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

GDEN 713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues (including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH), and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

Fall Semester: Total of 6 ½ Units

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

See OFPM 702a.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain, and discussion about medication interactions.

GDEN 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of common systemic diseases and how they may affect the oral health of the patient; and conversely, how medications and other treatments for oral conditions may have adverse effects on systemic disease. Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular system and the possible conditions related. An understanding of the physiology, histology, pathology and pathophysiology of the relevant systems will be covered.

GDEN 711a Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

Residents attend a weekly patient case presentation conference and start to prepare an e-portfolio of their learning activities. Residents continue to document their learning activities in the portfolio and write up case presentations in detail. During the last trimester, the residents orally present and defend their cases to the faculty. There are a total of five courses in this series.

Spring Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic-based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

GDEN 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN 711b Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 771a.

Summer Semester: Total of 3 Units

GDEN 710a Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

This course focuses on 5 days of practical training and 3 days of competency testing of the Masters degree students with multiple methods, including: (1) written theoretical papers based on a set of case problems; (2) multiple choice/short answer comprehensive exam based on all content covered in the prior year; (3) practical examinations and (4) oral examinations.

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

Year 2

Fall Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on immunology and immunosuppression for oral and maxillofacial disease.

ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry (2 units)

This course focuses on the basic elements of clinical research design and teaches how to critically assess the literature.

GDEN 711c Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 771a.

Spring Semester: Total of 3 Units

GDEN 715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

GDEN 711d Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 771a.

GDEN 712a Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

GDEN 710b Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

See GDEN 710a.

Year 3

Fall Semester: Total of 2 ½ Units

GDEN 714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate the student about common gerontology topics. Lectures will include clinical assessment tools for geriatric patients, policy issues, myths and theories of aging, social supports, housing arrangements, consent and other legal issues, successful aging principles, communication in the clinical setting, self-help tools to successful aging, sociology, kinesiology, behavior management, balance, falls and physical and occupational therapy.

GDEN 712b Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 712a.

Spring Semester Total of ½ Unit

GDEN 712c Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 712a.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

GDEN 712d Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 712a.

GDEN 711e Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 711a.

Overview – Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • Students can continue to work in their practices while in the Program
  • The Program includes 8 courses (12 units)
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans
  • The Program is 12.5 months in length, beginning May and ending in June of the following year
  • The Program is designed for both US and international dentists
  • Students typically can work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The Program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, 1 live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • The Program is primarily online but also includes practical training conducted during the one summer session at the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

GDEN-713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH, and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

GDEN-715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

Fall Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

GDEN-725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging For Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN-722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and the potential interactions with oral disease and treatment.

GDEN-711a Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

Examination of clinical cases of geriatric patients through on-line conferences. Development and defense of portfolio of multiple cases. Open only to Master and Professional Dental students.

Spring Semester: Total of 2½ Units

GDEN-714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

Gerontology topics for dentists, including clinical assessment tools for aging patients, policy issues, myths, social supports, and consent and communication issues in the clinical setting.

GDEN-711b Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN-711a.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

GDEN-716 Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Certificate Residents (1 unit)

Knowledge based Assessment Course.

Online – Masters of Science in Geriatric Dentistry

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • Students can continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • The program includes 17 courses (30.5 units) and is designed for both US and international students
  • The program is 37 months in length, beginning in May and ending in June
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans and financial aid to those to qualify
  • Students typically can work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, 1 live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • The program includes a capstone project, in which students–with faculty guidance–prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic in orofacial pain, oral medicine or dental sleep medicine.
  • The program is primarily online but also includes practical training conducted during two summer sessions at the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic
  • The program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Year 1

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

This two trimester course involves lectures on mucosal, cutaneous, gingival, salivary diseases and local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures in the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Lectures on the osseous and odontogenic pathologies in the oral and maxillofacial region, plus information about the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

GDEN 713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues (including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH), and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

Fall Semester: Total of 6 ½ Units

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

See OFPM 702a.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain, and discussion about medication interactions.

GDEN 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of common systemic diseases and how they may affect the oral health of the patient; and conversely, how medications and other treatments for oral conditions may have adverse effects on systemic disease. Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular system and the possible conditions related. An understanding of the physiology, histology, pathology and pathophysiology of the relevant systems will be covered.

GDEN 711a Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

Residents attend a weekly patient case presentation conference and start to prepare an e-portfolio of their learning activities. Residents continue to document their learning activities in the portfolio and write up case presentations in detail. During the last trimester, the residents orally present and defend their cases to the faculty. There are a total of five courses in this series.

Spring Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic-based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

GDEN 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN 711b Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 771a.

Summer Semester: Total of 3 Units

GDEN 710a Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

This course focuses on 5 days of practical training and 3 days of competency testing of the Masters degree students with multiple methods, including: (1) written theoretical papers based on a set of case problems; (2) multiple choice/short answer comprehensive exam based on all content covered in the prior year; (3) practical examinations and (4) oral examinations.

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

Year 2

Fall Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on immunology and immunosuppression for oral and maxillofacial disease.

ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry (2 units)

This course focuses on the basic elements of clinical research design and teaches how to critically assess the literature.

GDEN 711c Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 771a.

Spring Semester: Total of 3 Units

GDEN 715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

GDEN 711d Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 771a.

GDEN 712a Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

GDEN 710b Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

See GDEN 710a.

Year 3

Fall Semester: Total of 2 ½ Units

GDEN 714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate the student about common gerontology topics. Lectures will include clinical assessment tools for geriatric patients, policy issues, myths and theories of aging, social supports, housing arrangements, consent and other legal issues, successful aging principles, communication in the clinical setting, self-help tools to successful aging, sociology, kinesiology, behavior management, balance, falls and physical and occupational therapy.

GDEN 712b Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 712a.

Spring Semester Total of ½ Unit

GDEN 712c Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 712a.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

GDEN 712d Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 712a.

GDEN 711e Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN 711a.

Overview – Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • Students can continue to work in their practices while in the Program
  • The Program includes 8 courses (12 units)
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans
  • The Program is 12.5 months in length, beginning May and ending in June of the following year
  • The Program is designed for both US and international dentists
  • Students typically can work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The Program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, 1 live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • The Program is primarily online but also includes practical training conducted during the one summer session at the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

GDEN-713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH, and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

GDEN-715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

Fall Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

GDEN-725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging For Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN-722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and the potential interactions with oral disease and treatment.

GDEN-711a Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

Examination of clinical cases of geriatric patients through on-line conferences. Development and defense of portfolio of multiple cases. Open only to Master and Professional Dental students.

Spring Semester: Total of 2½ Units

GDEN-714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

Gerontology topics for dentists, including clinical assessment tools for aging patients, policy issues, myths, social supports, and consent and communication issues in the clinical setting.

GDEN-711b Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

See GDEN-711a.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

GDEN-716 Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Certificate Residents (1 unit)

Knowledge based Assessment Course.

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