The 24-month pediatric dentistry program integrates biomedical and clinical sciences, and advanced technology to develop outstanding pediatric dental specialists. Six dentists are selected each year for this advanced education program, who earn a certificate in pediatric dentistry upon completion.

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Program Overview

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

Residents will treat children in University Medical Center’s Level I, Children's Trauma Center, within the school’s Special Needs Clinic, 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.


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 not required. It will be considered as part of the application for those who do take it. Students applying from dental schools with no class rank or GPA are encouraged to take the exam.

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.


Phone: 702-774-2666

State Dental Boards

The American Dental Association provided a link to Dental Boards that contains specific information about licensure in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.