Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
110 Bergen Street
Room C 723
Newark, New Jersey 07101 
Phone: (973) 972-4621
Fax: (973) 972-7179

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Six new positions are offered each year. Graduates of US, Canadian, and foreign dental schools are eligible to apply. Only graduates of ADA-approved schools are eligible for resident salaries and tuition waivers.

Program Type

This is a combined university- and hospital-based certificate program with the option for a master's degree.


The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Tonka Barrett, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, 110 Bergen Street, Room C-723, Newark, NJ 07101

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine participates in the American Association of Dental Schools PASS centralized application program and the matching program of the National Matching Services.


The program in Pediatric Dentistry is balanced with significant hospital extramural affiliations. The course of study includes seminars, clinically oriented basic sciences, instruction in advanced clinical procedures and training in hospital protocol. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


This program is designed according to the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program has been granted Approval without Reporting Requirements by CODA and includes the courses listed below.The core curriculum is designed to provide a broad foundation in the biomedical sciences upon which various dental subjects and training in specialized dental disciplines are based. The biomedical science core curriculum meets the requirements set forth by the ADA for all advanced dental specialty education. Didactic instruction occurs in five one-hour seminars weekly during both academic years of the program. Courses and training include: basic pediatric dentistry techniques, advanced clinical pediatric dentistry, advanced pediatric dentistry seminar, clinical seminars, textbook review, current periodicals review, management of special needs patients, orthodontic treatment planning seminar, clinical orthodontics, pediatrics, anesthesiology, statistics/scientific writing, research methods and biostatistics, pediatric dentistry research and pediatric dentistry teaching.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year tuition is $67,069. Second-year tuition is $67,069 (Waived for graduates of CODA approved dental schools).

First-year stipend is $61,749. Second-year stipend is $66,734.For US and Canadian GraduatesChoice of health insurance plans.


  • Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine 
  • University Hospital 
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission: 

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree or the equivalent international degree
  • Dental and preprofessional education transcripts
  • Three ADEA PASS PEF evaluation forms
  • Personal interview
  • Must pass NBDE Part II or INBDE before the start of the program (US and Canadian trained only)
  • TOEFL (Foreign trained only)

Program Strengths

  • Excellent resident stipend for graduates of ADA-approved schools 
  • Waiver of tuition for graduates of ADA-approved schools 
  • Strong didactic program 
  • Opportunity to perform research 
  • Opportunity to register for Master of Science degree program

Program Faculty

Tomas J. Ballesteros, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor, Special Care Treatment CenterJorge Caceda, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.S., Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry * Gerald Guzy, D.D.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric DentistryMadhu Mohan, D.M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Mark Robinson, D.D.S., Associate Professor, Special Care Treatment CenterR. Glenn Rosivack, D.M.D., M.S., Chair, Professor, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry *Ryan Scally, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Mary Beth Giacona, D.D.S.Pediatric Dentistry*Sharon Freudenberger, D.D.S.Pediatric Dentistry*Evan Spivack, D.D.S., Professor, Director Special Care Treatment CenterAlexander Anastasiou, D.M.D.Pediatric Dentistry*


School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
4 Part-Time
6 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 67,069 First Year
67,069 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 67,069 First Year
67,069 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 61,749 First Year
61,749 Second Year
Application: 50 Fee
October 1 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: 1:31
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
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 12 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants