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Advanced Education Program in Operative Dentistry

Individuals who are admitted to this program will first complete a 12-month Certificate of Completion Program in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

This program will provide a Certificate of Completion in Advanced Dental Education in Operative & Esthetic Dentistry.

Master’s in Operative Dentistry

After successful completion of the 12-month Certificate of Completion Program, individuals apply to the graduate school at the University of Florida for the 24-month degree program leading to a Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry.

This program is designed to meet the growing need for future educators in operative dentistry. The first year of the program is focused on the theory and practice of dental education and preparation for clinical patient care. The focus of the following two years expands upon the student’s knowledge of cariology, prevention, esthetics, digital dentistry, materials science, research and patient care. In addition, each student will complete a master’s level research project. Eligible applicants must hold a DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental college in the US or its equivalent from foreign institutions.

Upon successful completion of both programs, students will receive a Certificate of Completion in Operative Dentistry and a Master of Science in Dental Science with a concentration in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry.

Tuition is required. A stipend is available.

All international students must secure an F1 visa prior to matriculation on July 1.

Contact Information

Dr. Pamela Sandow
University of Florida College of Dentistry/Operative Dentistry
P.O. Box 100402
1395 Center Drive, D3-5
Gainesville, FL 32610-0402

Application Process

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 is the deadline to apply to this program.

We strongly encourage all applicants to have complete applications on file with UFCD prior to the deadline.

1. Apply to PASS

All program applicants must apply through PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service), which is sponsored by the American Association of Dental Schools (www.adea.org⤷). PASS is an application clearinghouse that provides uniform information to participating programs while relieving applicants of the burden of completing multiple individual applications. The PASS website opens for application in late spring/early summer. Participation in the PASS program is mandatory. We advise applicants to apply as early as possible.

For an application and instructions, please contact:

Email passinfo@passweb.org
Phone (617)612-2065

Additional documentation to include on PASS application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF)
    Please note: an Institution Evaluation Form (IEF) does not equal a PEF

2. Submit the following materials to UF College of Dentistry

All supplemental application materials (such as NBDE, transcripts from all institutions attended) should be included with the PASS application when possible.  Application materials that are not included with your PASS application should be emailed to GradAdmissions@dental.ufl.eduAt this time, no materials should be mailed to our office.

  • Undergraduate school transcripts (from all undergraduate institutions attended)
    • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts are sufficient at time of application.
      Original official undergraduate transcripts in an envelope sealed by the institution are required for matriculation.
  • Digital photo
    • Email your photograph to the admissions office. Send the file in JPEG format and make sure your photo is not smaller than 400 x 400 pixels and not larger than 1200 x 1200 pixels. Photos should show you from the shoulders up, directly facing the camera. See examples of correct and incorrect photos.⤷
  • Additional Requirement for applicants from Puerto Rico: Official TOEFL Scores
    • Applicants who attended dental school in Puerto Rico are required to submit Official TOEFL scores.
      A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-Based version) or 550 (paper-based) is required.
      The UF College of Dentistry code is 8612.
      Please note that TOEFL scores expire after 2 years. For the 2022 Application Cycle, TOEFL scores must be dated February 8, 2020 or later.
      For the TOEFL, scores must be from the same test date (the “MyBest Scores” are not accepted or considered).
      The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.
  • No ADAT required

Recommended Documents

  • National Boards Part I and II (NBDE) or Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) score report

3. Additional Requirements for Internationally-Educated Dentists

In addition to completing the application requirements listed above, Internationally-Educated Dentists are required to submit additional documentation in order to be eligible for admission. Click here to review the list of additional requirements.

All international students must secure an F1 visa prior to matriculation on July 1.

Application Status Updates

  • The Office of Admissions will work hard to process your application in a timely manner. Please be aware that it can take up to four weeks.
  • Within two weeks of receiving your complete UF Online Graduate Application and University of Florida College of Dentistry Application, the Office of Admissions will send you a confirmation via email.
  • After processing your application, which can take an additional two weeks, the Office of Admissions will send you an email outlining your current application status and any remaining actions you need to take in order to complete your application.
  • Complete applications will be forwarded to the program director on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants with incomplete applications will not be eligible for admission.

Interview Procedure

  • Selected candidates are required to participate in an interview at the College of Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida.
  • The interview includes an Admissions Workshop.
  • The Admissions Workshop fee is $250 and is due in full on the day of the interview.
  • Interviews for the Operative Dentistry Program will be held during September and October.

For matriculation, the following documents must be on file with the University of Florida College of Dentistry Office of Admissions:

  • Original official undergraduate transcripts in an envelope sealed by the institution.
  • Original official graduate school transcripts (if applicable) in an envelope sealed by the institution.
  • Original official dental school transcripts in an envelope sealed by the institution.


Advanced and Graduate Programs
UF College of Dentistry Office of Admissions

P.O. Box 100402
Gainesville FL 32610-0402
Phone: 352-273-5956 | Fax: 352-846-0311
Email: GradAdmissions@dental.ufl.edu