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Pediatric Dentistry

UNLV, School of Dental Medicine Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, is 24-months in length. This program integrates biomedical and clinical sciences to provide the six highly qualified dentists, who are selected each year, a unique opportunity to earn a certificate in pediatric dentistry.


Leading the specialty of pediatric dentistry, by integrating innovation, tradition, and community service.


The UNLV, School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, strives to develop outstanding pediatric dental specialists, through the utilization of advanced technology, an integrated curriculum of biomedical and clinical sciences, as well as, professional studies. The program provides opportunities for scholarly research, community service, as well as advanced clinical experiences in out-patient pediatric oral health care and comprehensive oral rehabilitation in the hospital/surgery center, setting.


  • Admit a diverse resident class of high academic achievers and who are highly, clinically, qualified
  • Provide an evidence-based integrated curriculum comprised of biomedical and clinical sciences, as well as, other professional studies.
  • Develop residents with outstanding diagnostic and clinical skills to allow quality pediatric oral health care and community service
  • Prepare graduates for American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification, scholarly activities, educational endeavors, research and leadership roles
  • Cultivate excellence among pediatric dental faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarly activities, research and community service
  • Promote the importance of medical and dental, interdisciplinary cooperation, in order to provide the best pediatric oral health care, achievable
  • Provide care to the many underserved children, in the State of Nevada
  • Provide the environment and background to develop and maintain the highest ethics and professional behavior, as a representative of the dental profession and more specifically, pediatric dentistry

Program Overview

The Pediatric Dentistry Post-Graduate Program is a continuous, 24-month program, based upon the fiscal year, July 1st through June 30th. The program provides a full range of clinical experiences in pediatric oral health care, which is supported by an in-depth, critical and scholarly appraisal of the pediatric dental specialty knowledge base.

The residents are exposed to extensive clinical opportunities in all phases of behavior management, conscious sedation, hospital/surgery center pediatric oral rehabilitation dentistry, management of patients with special needs, management of dentoalveolar and circumoral trauma, as well as, orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and provision of age appropriate, orthodontic therapy. Residents participate in scholarly research, pediatric and emergency medicine rotations, community service, and rotations to multi-disciplinary, off-site clinics. The resident’s total program time equates to:

  • 65% Clinical
  • 25% Didactics
  • 5% Research
  • 5% Teaching

Our affiliated hospital, The University Medical Center (UMC), provides the Level I, Children's Trauma Center at The Children's Hospital of Nevada, and associated pediatric rotational clinics.

UNLV Special Needs Clinic

The UNLV Special Needs Clinic provides oral healthcare needs for children with special needs. Children, and occasionally adults, with a range of developmental, medical and behavioral needs receive both preventative and restorative treatment in a child-friendly environment.

Program Strengths

  • Exceptional state-of-the-art clinical facilities.
  • Strong didactic, evidence-based curriculum supporting clinical experiences.
  • Outstanding medical rotations in anesthesia, emergency medicine, pediatric medicine, and hematology/oncology.
  • Excellent pediatric dental faculty with many years of private practice experience in all phases of pediatric dentistry.


All applicants must have graduated or will graduate from a U.S. or Canada dental school and must apply through PASS at the ADEA website. When the application is submitted through PASS, no additional application fee is required. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. PASS application
  2. Three PEF's, which may include letters of recommendation, consisting of at least one from a Pediatric Dentistry Faculty Member and one from a Dean or Associate Dean of your dental school.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. As stated above, these may be included as part of the 3 required PEFs. Additional letters may be submitted directly to the program.
  4. Taking the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is strongly encouraged for the 2016 application cycle. Starting in 2017, it will be required.

Unless submitted with the PASS application, applicants must submit the following items to the program:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. 2" x 2" color photograph with your first and last name on the back

Send all supplemental materials to:

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine
1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7423
Las Vegas, NV 89106-4124

An application will not be considered complete until ALL of the above items have been received.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Patricia Williams.