Periodontology and Oral Implantology -- Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Keisuke Wada, DDS, DMD, DMSc, Ph.D, Program Director

The Graduate Periodontology Specialty Program prepares qualified dentists for specialty practice, teaching, and research in periodontology and oral implantology through an advanced education program leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Periodontology and a M.S. (Master of Science) degree in Oral Biology. Under program director Keisuke Wada, DDS, DMD, DMSc, Ph.D, the 36-month program starting in July of each year provides advanced education in periodontology and oral implantology leading to clinical specialty certification. Fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education that can be contacted at 312-440-2719 or at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611) with an accreditation commendation for its research training, the Graduate Periodontology Specialty Program at The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry offers a comprehensive, evidence-based, approach to periodontology and oral implantology, with a particular emphasis on surgical oral implantology.

Program strengths include a new visiting lecture series featuring distinguished periodontists, modern and spacious clinic facilities, an unusually abundant and diverse patient pool in North Philadelphia with extensive periodontal and oral implant treatment needs, and internationally recognized faculty with special expertise in periodontal immunology and early-onset forms of periodontitis, periodontal epidemiology (Dr. Jasim M. Albandar), and clinical diagnostic periodontal microbiology/antimicrobial periodontal chemotherapy (Dr. Thomas E. Rams). The school’s Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory, one of only three such state-licensed clinical periodontal microbiology reference laboratories in the United States, provides periodontal microbiology culture and antibiotic susceptibility analysis for the graduate periodontology program.

The rigorous, full-time, 36-month clinical specialty program encompasses clinical and didactic instruction presented over 3 years (6 semesters), 2 four-month summer sessions, and 2 two-month summer sessions at the beginning and the end of the program. Graduate periodontology students matriculate at the beginning of July of each year and must remain in continuous residence for the entire program period. Part-time options are not available.

Graduate students receive the major part of their didactic education during the first year of the program and are tutored in clinical periodontics and surgical oral implantology. The didactic part of the program consists of seminar/lecture courses that require extensive reading, study and analysis of the primary scientific periodontal and oral implantology literature, and a series of basic science CORE oral biology courses taken jointly with graduate students from other advanced dental education programs. The program places emphasis on comprehensive clinical periodontal and oral implantology patient care, with approximately 50% of the curriculum devoted to gaining clinical competency in all accepted modes of periodontal therapy, including resective, regenerative and periodontal plastic surgical techniques, surgical oral implantology, sinus lift augmentation surgery, and contemporary approaches to anti-infective periodontal chemotherapy. Surgical experience includes clinical tutoring in several different endosseous dental implant systems. Clinical rotations through a hospital-based dental department and a clinical oral pathology laboratory are required, along with opportunities for training and experience in conscious sedation.

Graduate periodontology students at The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Periodontology, a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree, and specialized surgical oral implantology training from the Misch International Implant Institute, which helps fulfill in part eligibility requirements of the American Board of Periodontology, and qualifications for Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Graduate periodontology students also have the opportunity to experience the culturally rich and exciting environment of historic Philadelphia, which is centrally located close to New York City, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pocono Mountains, the Amish rural community in Lancaster County, PA, and the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington, DC region. 

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Admissions Information for the Periodontology and Oral Implantology postdoctoral program

Four applicants are accepted each year. In the selection of applicants, an admission committee of faculty members gives preference to academically-accomplished candidates with one or more years of clinical practice experience or completion of a General Practice Residency (GPR) or an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. Preference also is given to applicants with prior research experience/training, scientific publications, and/or prior advanced degrees in basic science/biomedical fields.

Since English is the language of instruction at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, adequate proficiency in both verbal and written comprehension and expression of English is a prerequisite for admission to the Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology program. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to attain Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores equivalent to 600 (79 internet based) or higher prior to consideration for admission. The admissions process ensures a fair, unbiased and non-discriminatory admissions policy.

Admission to the Graduate Specialty Program in Periodontology and Oral Implantology at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry requires:

  1. A DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental school, according to the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Temple University encourages domestic and foreign applicants. International applicants must be able to verify that their training is equivalent to an ADA accredited school by using one of three foreign academic credentialing services (World Education Services, Education Credential Evaluators, or Education International, Inc.)
  2. Evidence of satisfactory completion of the National Board Dental Examination, Parts I and II.
  3. Letter of intent, directed to the program director and admissions committee.
  4. Applications to the Certificate Program in Periodontology and Oral Implantology may be initiated through the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) or sent directly to the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Office of Graduate Education. Applications sent directly to the school should be completed using the application form. If using PASS, please that your information is received by them as they will only forward completed records to the University for processing. To begin your application through pass, visit
  5. For application instructions, go to
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges, universities and dental schools attended, including GPA and class rank. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Office of Graduate Education.  Please do not send the undergraduate college transcripts to PASS as they will not accept them.
  7. A separate application fee of $50 is required when applying to the Periodontology and Oral Implantology program.  Please make checks payable to:  Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.
  8. Three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty; a minimum of two letters must be from faculty members who can evaluate your clinical skills. These must be on appropriate letterhead and sent  directly from the dental school faculty to the program director at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Office of Graduate Education.

The deadline for completed applications is October 31st of the year preceding the expected date of enrollment.  Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Upon review of all completed applications, the Periodontology and Oral Implantology Program Admissions Committee will extend invitations for interviews to those applicants being seriously considered for acceptance. Interviewees are required to come to Temple University for a personal interview; however, granting of an interview appointment does not guarantee admission into the program.

The address for the check and transcripts is:
Graduate Education
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology
Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
3223 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

For further application instructions, or, if you have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Education.

Phone: 215-707-3305
Fax: 215-707-0042