Department of Pediatric Dentistry 
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
11092 Anderson St., Prince Hall 3301
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-4690
Fax: 909-558-0322
Program Contact: Candice Jenkins, Administrative Assistant

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1st. Four new positions will be offered each year.

Program Type

University-based postgraduate program leading to a Professional Certificate with an optional Master’s Degree (MS) or Master’s of Science in Dentistry (MSD).


Completion of a Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), Registration in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program, and a Loma Linda Supplemental Application are mandatory.


The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to prepare residents for a practice limited to the care of children and adolescents. Completion of the curriculum leads to the award of a certificate in pediatric dentistry.Clinical pediatric dentistry is emphasized; however, this clinical experience is balanced with a didactic curriculum of multidisciplinary courses and seminars. There is also a research component to the program designed to expose residents to problem solving using the scientific method. The program requires a minimum of 24 months in residence and begins on July 1st each year to fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


The program is designed to build upon the knowledge gained in dental school. Evidence-based principles and techniques for the prevention of oral disease are incorporated to tailor individual treatment plans to meet each patient’s realistic needs. Residents receive instruction and training on pediatric dentistry at the in depth level, both didactically and clinically. They are trained in providing both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. The program encourages the development of a critical and inquiring attitude that is necessary for the advancement of practice, research, and teaching in pediatric dentistry. Courses are taught in seminar format throughout their program, and all curricula is formulated in accordance with current American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Guidelines.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Tuition and fees for the 2021-22 academic year (effective July 1, 2021) are $19,839.00 per quarter. Tuition is adjusted annually every July 1st. These fees do not include instruments and textbooks that may be required. The stipent is $2,700 the first yeat and $2,700 the second year. Please see LLUSD website for more information.


The following are a list of the facilities/equipment that are readily accessible to the pediatric dentistry residents during the training: Intraoral radiographic facilities, extraoral radiographic facilities, dental laboratory facilities, operatories, staff offices, study areas, conference rooms, dental recovery areas, sterilization capabilities (autoclave), emergency drugs, emergency equipment (oxygen under pressure, suction, resuscitative equipment, distance education resources).

Admission Requirements

The following information and documentation are required for all applications to the Pediatric Dentistry Program:

  • Transcript(s) - from all post-secondary institutions from which the applicant received credit whether or not the work pertains to their LLU degree.
  • Applicants who have transcripts from non-US dental schools must submit a translated course-by-course transcript report from one of the following agencies: World Education Services (WES), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE), American Education Research Corporation (AERC).
  • Official Degree Certificate (for all international applicants) - Any foreign transcript (or mark sheet) that does not list on it the graduation information, including the actual degree earned, must be supported by an official degree certificate or school-verified copy of the degree certificate mailed directly from the issuing institution to Admissions Processing, Loma Linda University.
  • GPA and Class Rank - A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. GPA and class rank can be submitted through the Institutional Evaluation on PASS.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - Satisfactory completion of the GRE is required for all applicants who have completed their dental school training outside the United States or Canada.
  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) - Successful completion of the National Board Dental Examination Part I and Part II (when available) is required for all U.S.-trained applicants.
  • English Proficiency Exam - Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been given outside the U.S. is required to pass one of the following English proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB.
  • Letters of recommendation - Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have known and worked closely with the candidate are required in support of an application. Letters of recommendation are valid for no more than two consecutive years for the same program. Letters of recommendation also must be program specific (ie, support an applicant for the actual program to which he/she is applying).

Program Strengths

The program's strengths are based on planning, evaluation, and improvements to the program, as well as the residents' effectiveness in passing the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry's Qualifying Exam and becoming certified. The program director continuously evaluates student outcomes (procedures, productivity, grades), staff surveys, and program outcomes (adequacy of clinical time, faculty feedback, student feedback, etc). Any adjustments are made according to the reports, so that the program is always improving. From 2015 until the present, the number of graduates that have passed the ABPD qualifying exam and been certified is 100%.

Program Faculty

Full-Time:Jung-Wei Chen*Samah Omar*Laurita Siu*Part-Time:Adolfo Barrera*Eddie Chang*Jennifer Hoffer*Cecelia Kao*Joanne Leung*Wesley Morikawa*N. Jared Nation*Wesley Okumura*Yawen Peng*Isabella Piedra*Steve Yun (Anesthesiologist)**Board certified

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
11 Part-Time
14 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
State Licensure Required to Begin Program: No
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: 19,839 Per Quarter 
Tuition Out-Of-State: 19,839 Per Quarter 
Salary/Stipend: 2,700 First Year
2,700 Second Year
Application: 60 Fee
October 1st – Deadline 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: 1:20
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
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special HealthCare Needs
Behavior Guidance
Other (see below)
Other Clinical Experience Description Cleft Lip and Palate
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Other Research Requirement Description, if Applicable: A thesis is only required for the MS/MSD degree.
Teaching Experience: 1/week Clinic Half-Days
1/week Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 5 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists