Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Indiana University School of Dentistry and James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Suite 4205
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Phone: (317) 944-9604
Fax: (317) 948-0760

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. A maximum of seven positions are available each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based postgraduate program with an MSD degree.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to The Office of Graduate Education, Indiana University School of Dentistry, 1121 W. Michigan Street DS280B, Indianapolis, IN 46202


The majority of the clinical program occurs at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children although some clinical training occurs at other University Hospitals and at the School of Dentistry. Each trainee who successfully completes the two-year program receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science in Dentistry degree, and meets all educational requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


Didactic courses are offered in both the dental school and the hospital settings. The training program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Successful candidates will complete both the MSD and Certificate requirements during the two-year training program.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Annual stipends for 2023-24 are $60,144 PGY1 and $62,338 PGY2.

Graduate school tuition is approximately $40,548.00 for PGY1 and PGY2. Instruments, books and clinic expenses are approximately $730.00 for PGY1 and $364.00 for PGY2.


  1.  Indiana University School of Dentistry 
  2. James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children

Admission Requirements

Applicant must hold a DDS or DMD degree (or in the process of earning either of these degrees) from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association or the Canadian Dental Association.

  1. Dental education transcripts
  2. Three letters of recommendation (includes one from dental school dean) 
  3. Personal interview.

Program Strengths

  1.  Extensive clinical opportunities encompassing all areas of pediatric dentistry. 
  2.  Strong didactic program with Master of Science in Dentistry degree within a two-year period.
  3. Established and reputable resources for research |in all related sciences.

Program Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey A. Dean, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Dr. James E. Jones, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Brian J. Sanders, Department Chair, Professor & Director of Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. LaQuia A. Vinson, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Juan F. Yepes, Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
10 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 7
Tuition In-State: 40,548 First Year
40,548 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 60,144 First Year
62,338 Second Year
Application: September 15 deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
US citizens from foreign dental 
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
Non-US citizens from foreign 
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:10
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: 24 Clinic Half-Days
2 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 12 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
12 Dental Assistants
3 Dental Hygienists