Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Dentistry
6655 Travis Street
Suite 460
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 500-8220
Fax: 713 500 8210

Program Length and Number of Positions

Ceritificate Program: This is a 24-month 1-week program commencing the last week of June each year. Eight (8) new positions are available each year. 

M.S.D. Program: Simultaneous enrollment in the certificate program and a Master of Science in Dentistry program is available. In addition to the requirements for the certificate program, M.S.D. candidates must submit an original research project and thesis and complete additional course work. M.S.D. degree requirements may be accomplished in less than 36 months. 

Program Type

University-based, hospital-affiliated certificate program with option for a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.


The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Application is made through the PASS program of the ADEA. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to: 

The Office of Student Affairs, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry, 7500 Cambridge Street, Suite 4120, Houston, TX 77054


The program in pediatric dentistry is designed to offer the advanced student a mixture of didactic and clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on hospital and clinical dentistry, and includes experiences in general anesthesia, deep (IV) and mild-moderate sedation, special patient care, and interceptive and preventive orthodontics. Rotations through Hermann Children's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Medical Center (a pediatric ambulatory care clinic which is designed to simulate a private practice setting) provide each resident with the opportunity to learn in many different environments. Month-long pediatric medicine and anesthesiology rotations are completed during the second half of the first training year. The program is approved and accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, the student satisfies the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. An optional master of science in dentistry degree may be earned within the two-year period


Program curriculum includes clinical and didactic instruction in Pediatric Dentistry including core Biomedical and Clinical sciences. The program offers a wide range of clinical experiences in Pediatric Dentistry and Special needs. 

Master of Science in Dentistry Degree: Residents interested in a Master of Science in Dentistry degree in addition to their certificate, may pursue this program. Specific detailed information regarding a Master of Science in Dentistry degree may be obtained from the program director.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $26,000 plus fringe benefits. Second-year stipend is $34,000 plus fringe benefits. In-State Tuition is $9,800 for the first year and $7,500 for the second year. Out-of-State Tuition is $13,100 for the first year and $13,200 for the second year.


  • Hermann Children's Hospital
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - School of Dentistry
  • Houston Medical Center Building
  • UT Professional Building
  • Texas Childrens' Hospital, Pediatric Dentistry

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have available the following credentials to be considered for admission:

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. or equivalent
  • Dental and pre-professional education transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English
  • National Board Dental Examination results

Must have passed both Part I and Part II, National Dental Board Examination

Program Strengths

  • Didactic and clinical education in contemporary preventive oriented pediatric dentistry 
  • Resources of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the United States.
  • Hospital-based activities including general anesthesia, pediatric medicine, emergency room coverage, participation in cleft lip/palate and hematology/oncology teams, inpatient and outpatient comprehensive dental care 
  • Clinical experiences under deep (IV) and minimal-moderate sedation and special needs dentistry
  • Extramural clinical rotations (Cleft lip and palate & Oral Pathology Clinics)
  • Research opportunities

Program Faculty

Gregory W. Olson, DDS, MS - Professor, Department Chair*+
Bhavini S. Acharya, BDS, MPH - Associate Professor, Program Director*
Nathanael O. Salako, DDS, MS - Associate Professor, Vice Chair
Gisela V. Bona, DDS, MS - Associate Professor*
Antonio Darios Cardenas, DDS, MS - Associate Professor*
Brett T. Chiquet, DDS, PhD - Assistant Professor*
Lubna Fawad, BDS - Associate Professor*
Priyanshi Ritwik, BDS, MS - Professor*
Di Wu, DDS, MS, PhD - Assistant Professor*
Amber Callis, DDS, MS - Clinical Assistant Professor* (PT)
Ivette M. Diaz, DDS - Clinical Assistant Professor* (PT)
Elsa Echeverri, DDS - Clinical Associate Professor* (PT)
Casey R. Frazier, DDS - Clinical Assistant Professor * (PT)
Alan F. Gaw, DDS - Clinical Assistant Professor (PT)
Brett Ibarra, DDS, MS - Clinical Assistant Professor* (PT)
Lisa McGriff-Metz, DDS - Clinical Assistant Professor* (PT)
A. Katherine Pazmino, DDS, MS - Clinical Assistant Professor *(PT)

*Board certified (Pediatric Dentistry)
+Board certified (Orthodontics)

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 9 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
15 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
7/1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 8
Tuition In-State: $9,800 First Year
$7,500 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: $13,100 First Year
$13,200 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: $26,000 First Year
$34,000 Second Year
Application: 0 Fee
September 30 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:
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 Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 2 Clinic Half-Days
0 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 12 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists