Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine
Tufts University
One Kneeland Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Phone: (617) 636-6971
Fax: (617) 636-3473

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24 month program beginning July 1 of each year. Nine new positions are offered each year. An additional third year for a Master’s degree is available.

Program Type

University-based, hospital-affiliated certificate program


Applicants should apply using the PASS application. Application deadline is September 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Individuals applying to the Pediatric Dentistry program must participate in the National Matching Service. Applicants can register for MATCH through ADEA PASS. 


The Advanced two year Certificate of Achievement Program in Pediatric Dentistry trains dentists in the specialty in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In order to fulfill the mission, the student is educated in the biomedical sciences and the supporting clinical sciences to the extent that the student is proficient 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 didactic experiences include course work in the basic and clinical sciences, seminar and laboratory sessions, an independent, written research project presented to the faculty, and preparing for the written examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The clinical sciences include: outreach community services, operating room services, anesthesia, adolescent dentistry, pediatrics, medically compromised patients, conscious sedation, hospital dentistry, and presenting clinical cases to the standards of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Overall, we wish to produce clinically proficient and scientifically adept graduates capable of diagnosing and treating all types of pediatric patients encountered in specialty practice. A Master of Science Program is offered for an additional year and includes some of the courses offered in the Certificate Program.

Program Stipend and Tuition

No stipend is provided. First year tuition in and out of state is $94,957 and the second year tuition in and out of state is $94,931. 


  • Tufts Univeristy School of Dental Medicine 
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Franciscan Hospital for Children
  • Cotting School
  • Nashoba Learning Group

Admission Requirements

  • D.D.S, D.M.D., or non-U.S. equivalent
  • Official dental and post-secondary education transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • NBD examination results (not required for foreign-trained applicants)
  • Satisfactory TOEFL/IELTS scores for foreign-trained applicants
  • Interview (if requested)

Program Strengths

  • Large number of well and medically compromised patients.
  • High volume of dental emergency patients seen for infection and trauma.
  • Extensive use of treatment modalities for pain and behavior control including sedation and general anesthesia.
  • Comprehensive orthodontic care. 

Program Faculty

Cheen Loo*, B.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., D.M.D. Professor, Department ChairMeletia Laskou*, D.M.D., D.D.S. Associate Professor, Postdoctoral Program DirectorRocio Saavedra, D.D.S. Assistant Professor, Predoctoral Program DirectorAmanda Alon, D.M.D., M.S. Assistant ProfessorAzita Khanbodaghi*, D.M.D. Assistant ProfessorRobert Zee*, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., D.M.D. Associate ProfessorMarjan Askari*, D.M.D., MS. Assistant Clinical Professor.Gerald Swee*, D.M.D., M.S. Assistant Clinical ProfessorMarcelo Suzuki, D.D.S. Assistant Clinical ProfessorBenjamin Chan*, D.M.D. Senior Clinical InstructorLeonard Carapezza, D.M.D. Clinical AssociateWilliam Chan, D.M.D., Clinical AssociateArifa Bakerywala, D.M.D. Clinical InstructorKhaled Assad, B.D.S. Clinical instructorYiju Tsai, B.D.S. Clinical InstructorStuart Gould*, D.M.D. Clinical AssociateNooruddin Pradhan*, B.D.S., M.S., D.M.D. Clinical AssociateDavid Tesini, D.M.D. Clinical AssociateArnold Weiss, D.M.D. Clinical Associate

School Profile


Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
14 Part-Time
9 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 9
Tuition In-State: 94,957 First Year
94,931 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 94,957 First Year
94,931 Second Year
Application: 80 Fee
September 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: 1:10
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
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 18 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists