Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics


Program Director: Darshanjit Pannu, DDS
Associate Professor and Program Director
Program administrative contact:  Sonya Napier
Department phone: (706) 721-8232
Department fax: (706) 723-0207
Program length: 36 months
No. of residents accepted: 2-3/yr
PASS participant: Yes
MATCH participant No
Accreditation status: “Approval” status from CODA of ADA
Beginning date: July 1 each year


Admission Requirements: Dentists graduated from accredited United States and Canadian or other international dental schools that possess equivalent educational background and standing are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.

We only accept candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for an interview based on the following criteria: dental and pre-professional education transcripts, class standing, National Dental Board Examination results (American and Canadian-trained only), personal and career goals, experiences beyond predoctoral education, evidence of scholarly activity, and letters of recommendation. Applicants born outside the United States and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL). Minimum scores are 100, and 26 in the speaking component.


See the  Augusta University Catalog  for more information.

The Certificate Program
The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at the Augusta University is a 35-month program leading to a certificate in prosthodontics.  It consists of didactic work in the basic sciences, related clinical disciplines and all aspects of prosthodontics, to include fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthetics.  Graduates are qualified to take the examination of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at the Augusta University is fortunate that the program director is committed full time to the program.  The program draws upon the talents of both board-certified and trained prosthodontists, as well as other specialist who actively teach our residents through lectures, laboratories and daily clinical assignments.  We also have an excellent working relationship with the U.S. Army’s Prosthodontics Residency Program, housed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, only seven miles from the Dental College of Georgia.  The related basic sciences and clinical disciplines, such as restorative dentistry, periodontics and endodontics are taught to our residents by equally qualified faculty.

Program Fee, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits

Program Fee: There is no program fee associated with the certificate program in prosthodontics for dentists who have graduated from accredited United States or Canadian dental schools. The program fee for international candidates with degrees from non-accredited ADA/CODA dental schools/colleges is $18,500 per year. Internationally trained candidates must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. If the candidate wishes to enroll in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, the candidate must pay tuition for courses taken through the Graduate School. References should be made to the current Augusta University Catalog for specific information regarding College of Graduate Studies tuition and fees.

The foreign trained resident will complete all requirements of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, thus meeting all ADA accreditation requirements.

In addition, the foreign trained dentist's experience as a resident will include:

  1. Participation in the Augusta University Maxi-Course in IV sedation.
  2. Clinical IV sedation training and surgical experience in placing implants. These are valuable adjuncts to the certificate program, and will enable the graduate to address advanced prosthodontics in either academics or private practice from both a restorative and surgical perspective.
  3. Enhanced exposure to Esthetic Prosthodontic procedures through off site visitations, or rotations, involving both observation and active participation treating patients.

Stipends: Stipends are determined annually depending upon availability of funds (if available, only graduates of U.S. and Canadian dental schools qualify).

Equipment:  All supplies and equipment associated with clinical treatment are provided by the institution.  The resident must supply certain laboratory equipment (i.e. semi-adjustable articulator with facebow, laboratory handpiece, hand waxing and porcelain addition and metal working instruments.).

Benefits:  The Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at  Augusta University.  This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Prosthodontic residents are eligible to participate in the Student Health Insurance program at Augusta University. Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.

Leave: Residents are entitled to Augusta University employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave and 5 days of professional leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the Dental College of Georgia Leave Policy for Dental Residents.

The Facilities
The Prosthodontic Program is housed at Georgia Regents University, Dental College of Georgia, in a separate clinic devoted exclusively to our program.  In this environment, each resident has his/her own operatory, laboratory space and shares a private office with fellow residents.  Full time dental assistants are assigned to assist the residents in the clinic.  We use both in-house laboratory support and selected commercial laboratory support. 

The Masters Degree Program
The Graduate School offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree which may be taken in conjunction with the certificate curriculum.  This joint program gives the student more extensive experience in research and basic science education and requires an in-depth original research project leading to a defended thesis.  If the applicant desires to concurrently pursue a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree in addition to the specialty program, the program length could be approximately 6-12 months longer. Tuition is charged on a per hour basis for the graduate courses taken. The applicant must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Department of Oral Biology. Application to the graduate program is made after acceptance to the certificate program. 

A PhD. in Oral Biology may also be pursued concurrently with specialty training.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Georgia Regents 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.