Philip Hanes, D.D.S., M.S. 
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Advanced Education

Advanced Education Program Information

The advanced education program is designed to provide a superior level of clinical skill with an in-depth knowledge of the biological and clinical sciences applicable to the discipline.  Upon successful completion of an advanced education program the candidate receives a certificate and is eligible for examination by the appropriate specialty Board. Program fees may be charged for graduates of foreign dental schools if an individual program accepts applicants with foreign dental degrees. In general, there is no tuition for students with U. S. and Canadian dental degrees but there may be associated program fees. Stipends may be available for some programs and are determined annually depending upon availability of funds.  All advanced education programs begin July 1. Review the application deadlines for each program.  All programs participate in the PASS application process. Some programs participate in the Match candidate selection process.

Positions in the advanced education programs are limited and selection is competitive.

*We only accept candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Most Augusta University advanced education programs require that applicants be graduates of dental schools accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Prosthodontic, Periodontic, and Endodontic programs currently consider applicants with foreign dental degrees. 

Masters and PhD. programs in oral biology are available and are designed for individuals who desire to pursue a career in dental research or education.  These programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with an advanced education program.  Graduate students must enroll in The Graduate School and pay graduate school tuition. 

Accreditation Information

The program in dental education and the advanced dental education programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and the advanced education in general dentistry program, are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission web address is

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University does not offer a two-year Advanced Standing program for dentists with a dental degree from outside the United States.

Augusta University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam War Era veteran.