Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Pediatric Dentistry

The goal of the Boston University Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is to prepare specialists who are competent in providing both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral healthcare for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special healthcare needs, in the context of family, culture, and community. Students are trained to provide services in institutional, private, and/or public health settings.

The curriculum is structured according to the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation’s requirements for Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry. The program is fully accredited by the commission. Students are prepared to become American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certified during the clinical and didactic programs.

The CAGS in Pediatric Dentistry is a 24-month, University-based, postgraduate program. In addition to the University-based component, significant hospital and community-based clinical experience is gained at Boston Medical Center, Franciscan Children’s Hospital, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

CAGS Curriculum

Year 1

  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing
  • SDM OS 831 Head and Neck Anatomy
  • SDM PA 801 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • SDM PD 802 Fundamentals of Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 805 Behavior Guidance for the Dental Pediatric Patient: Non-Pharmacologic, Pharmacologic Minimal and Moderate Sedation, and Hospital Dentistry
  • SDM PD 806 Craniofacial Growth & Development 1
  • SDM PD 808 Craniofacial Growth & Development 2
  • SDM PD 810 Pediatric Dental Special Needs
  • SDM PD 822 Advanced Seminar in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 911 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 918 Clinical Anesthesia
  • SDM PD 981 Research in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PH 763 Bioethics and the Law
  • SDM PH 803 Biostatistics

Year 2

  • SDM PD 823 Advanced Seminar in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 824 Advanced Case Presentations in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 912 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 916 Clinical Orthodontics
  • SDM PD 920 Clinical Pediatric Medicine
  • SDM PD 982 Research in Pediatric Dentistry

Completion is not tracked by credit accumulation but by successful completion of individual courses and duration requirements.