Prospective Prosthodontic Students/Residents

Advanced Specialty Education Program in Prosthodontics

Program Description

In the restorative clinic

The objective of the UIC Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is to help highly motivated students with proven clinical and scholastic abilities achieve clinical excellence in prosthodontics. The program leads to Specialty Certification and eligibility for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics. Students may concurrently pursue a Master of Science degree. Specific goals of the program include acquisition of in-depth knowledge and clinical experience in fixed prosthodontics, removable partial denture prosthodontics, complete denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthetics, and occlusion. The program seeks individuals with genuine enthusiasm in all aspects of prosthodontics – traditional, digital, and surgical.

The Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic houses the UIC ProCare Dental Group Implant and Innovations Center, where students learn the surgical and prosthetic aspects of therapy for implant patients. Limited class size provides an opportunity for students to individualize programs to meet their particular career goals within program expectations. In addition to the didactic and clinical focus, postdoctoral students pursue study in basic science or clinical research and participate in teaching predoctoral dental students. The Department of Restorative Dentistry believes that this program will prepare specialists of high leadership potential by integrating sound clinical principles with knowledge and skills in a research discipline. Program length is a minimum of three years to allow completion of the clinical, didactic, and research components. Faculty range from prosthodontists in full-time clinical practice to scholars engaged solely in research.

The UIC Advanced Prosthodontics Program is progressive and stands out as a leader in providing comprehensive prosthodontics therapy. New clinical facilities are available for patient care. A new conference facility is available for prosthodontics and interdisciplinary seminars. Implant surgical care provided by prosthodontics students is included as a daily component of the integrated, comprehensive prosthodontics treatment philosophy that is based on innovation and advanced technology. The new digital design training center and new digital design and production laboratory provide opportunity to learn state of the art prosthodontic care. Students have hands-on access to multiple software packages including to Simplant and coDiagnostiX software for diagnosis, planning and prosthodontic care. Intraoral scanning systems including the new Trios3 are available. Laboratory scanners including 3shape, DentalWings, and NobelBiocare scanners in the Advanced Prosthodontics laboratory for planning and providing patient care using multiple implant systems in the digital work-flow environment that includes the support of an in-house digital laboratory technician. Prosthetic milling is completed either on-site or by an outside laboratory. A broad range of patient needs and prosthodontic solutions is provided using the newest innovations.

The new prosthodontic clinics and laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment for patient care and research. The urban setting of the University of Illinois at Chicago provides a large and diverse patient population, as well as an extensive offering of meetings and conferences for local, national, and international organizations. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the American Board of Prosthodontics Certifying Examination. Following successful completion of the program, opportunities exist for further study in basic science or clinical research. This is an incredibly progressive program with many opportunities. The goal is to produce clinical scholars.

Please see below for a message from the program director, detailed information about the program, including faculty members and course lists, as well as applicant requirements and instructions. Don't hesitate to contact the department with any questions.

How to Apply

Please apply through ADEA PASS. Alternatevly you may complete the UIC Certificate Programs application form with associated documents and send it directly to Dr. Knoernschild, contact information below. Do not send your application to the UIC Admissions Office, and do not send an application fee at this time.

The application deadline is August 1 of each year, but if you submit your application sooner, it will be reviewed upon receipt. After your completed application undergoes the review process, the department will contact you regarding the possibility of a personal interview. The Program does not require or review ADAT scores at this time.

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Tuition & Fees

Information on tuition and fees is available on the university website. (Refer to the "Advanced Certificate Program" row, "Range I" column.)

Estimated equipment and book fees are as follows:

    Textbooks: $500.00 (first year only)

    Camera & Computer: $2,900.00 (first year only)


A revenue sharing program has been implemented for qualifying students. Post-graduate students will have the opportunity of earning compensation of up to 18% of applied cash (collections) from services that they complete. Estimated salaries information for Prosthodontists can be found on the ONET website using the SOC code 29-1024.

Message from Dr. Kent Knoernschild, Program Director

Dr. Kent KnoernschildWelcome to UIC Advanced Prosthodontics! The Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic also houses the ProCare Dental Group Implant and Innovations Center and is an internationally recognized center for patient care and learning.

The focus of prosthodontics is comprehensive patient rehabilitation to improve esthetics and function by replacement of missing teeth and adjacent anatomic structures. From traditional prosthodontic therapy, which includes crowns, bridges and dentures, to the most complex therapy approaches such as three-dimensional digital technology for diagnosis, planning, and restoration supported by dental implants, patients receive a wide variety of treatment options and high quality care.

This is a dynamic, patient-centered learning environment where patients receive treatment using the latest materials and techniques. Prosthodontics specialty students provide therapy as a part of their clinical program. Board-certified prosthodontic faculty members see patients as a part of their faculty practice.

We welcome inquiries and referrals. Patients or doctors may contact the Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic, Room 361, (312) 996-9223, for information and appointments. If patients have interest in pursuing treatment after an initial screening examination, patients will receive a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and treatment plan that meets their needs. Our doctors focus on providing comprehensive therapy based upon the best available clinical information.

Our goal is to provide prosthodontic care of the highest quality.


Kent Knoernschild
DMD, MS, FACP, Professor
Director, Advanced Prosthodontics
Director, American Board of Prosthodontics
Co-Director, Implant and Innovations Center

Program Details


Curriculum Outline

Course Descriptions

Additional experience throughout the program

  • Maxillofacial Patient Clinical Experience
  • Interdisciplinary Dental Implant Seminars with the Surgical Specialties
  • Informal Treatment Planning Sessions with Periodontics
  • Predoctoral Preclinical and Clinical Teaching in Prosthodontics and Implants
  • Annual Meetings of Prosthodontic Organizations


The Program has 8 full time and several additional part time faculty to support the didactic, clinical and research components of the program. This includes 6 PhD prosthodontists and numerous American Board of Prosthodontics certified attending faculty. Click on the names below to learn more about our world renown faculty team.

Dr. Stephen Campbell
Dr. Cambpell before students
Professor and Department Head

Dr. Fatemeh Afshari
Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Alexander Chan
Clincal Associate Professor

Dr. Farhad Fayz
Clinical Professor

Dr. Rand Harlow
Clinical Associate Professor and Codirector of Advanced Prosthodontics Program

Dr. Lee JamesonDr. Knernschild in classroom
Clinical Professor

Dr. Howard Jeon
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Kent Knoernschild
Professor and Director of Advanced Prosthodontics Program

Dr. Anna Manzotti 
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Aristotelis Marinis
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Ales Obrez
Associate ProfessorDr. Howard with students

Dr. Cortino Sukotjo
Associate Professor

Dr. Bin Yang 
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Judy Yuan
Assistant Professor

Patient Experiences

The College of Dentistry is centrally located in the Chicago area with a large base of patients who can seek care at the College and the Advanced Prosthodontics program. Patients are screened for the predoctoral program and other advanced programs on a daily basis. From these evaluations, many patients are referred to the Advanced Prosthodontics program for prosthodontic or implant care. Advanced Prosthodontics students and faculty screen patients on a daily basis. In the Advanced Prosthodontics clinic facility, more than 2,500 patients are screened each year for Advanced Prosthodontics Program students.

Patient needs are distributed to students in a well-organized manner that leads to all students receiving similar patient experiences. Screening examinations identify possible patient need and complexity using the Prosthodontic Diagnostic Index. Patients are assigned to students in part based upon these classifications.

When screened patients are assigned, students develop a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan based on individual patient needs. Students report the patients that accept therapy on their Clinical Progress Reports. These reports identify the variety of PDI classifications of patients who accept therapy, as well as the number and type of clinical experiences the student has treatment-planned. By following the Clinical Progress Reports, student experience needs are identified. Students are assigned new patients when necessary.

In summary, the volume and variety of the patient pool is exceptional. The Advanced Prosthodontics patient pool provides broad learning experiences. The varieties of complex clinical learning experiences offered by patients allow students to achieve requisite competencies and proficiencies. Graduates are well prepared for clinical practice of advanced prosthodontics.


The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry has its own clinic, laboratory, study, and research facilities immediately adjacent to each other. The clinics and laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for patient care and research. CT-scan facilities for implant patient diagnosis and treatment planning are available in the clinic, and the formatted scans are analyzed on-site using digital technology such as SimPlant, Facilitate, or NobelGuide software. The clinic houses the UIC Implant and Innovations Center, where all predoctoral and postdoctoral students diagnose, plan treatment, and provide therapy. Therapy occurs in this clinic with Advanced Prosthodontics attending faculty supervising comprehensive prosthodontic therapy including implant surgical placement. A new, state of the art Implant Facility has been constructed. Referrals to other departments for prosthetically driven care also occurs as indicated. Located in the College is the Center for Craniofacial Anomalies, where maxillofacial prosthetic care is provided. Advanced programs in Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, and Periodontics are also housed in the College.

In the Prosthodontic ClinicImplant Patient Therapy in the Advanced Prosthodontics Program

Students participate in all phases of implant therapy including implant placement. The philosophy of the Advanced Prosthodontics Program and the Implant and Innovations Center revolves around prosthetically driven implant therapy. All patients who will receive definitive implant therapy in the College of Dentistry must be referred to the Implant and Innovations Center or the Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic for initial evaluation and treatment planning. Advanced Prosthodontics students and associated attending faculty assume responsibility of assuring appropriate, prosthetically driven diagnosis, treatment planning, and therapy. This is true for patients who require comprehensive prosthodontic rehabilitation and for patients who are referred to the Center by predoctoral students and faculty for less complex therapy within the Center.

An International Leader in Three-Dimensional Treatment Planning
Following initial treatment planning, patients often require diagnostic wax-up and radiographic and surgical guide fabrication. Advanced Prosthodontics students fabricate these guides for use in computerized tomography studies, three-dimenisonal analysis, and surgical guide fabrication. SimPlant, Facilitate, and NobelGuide software are routinely used onsite. The College of Dentistry as a whole, and the Advanced Prosthodontics Program in particular, are international leaders in virtual treatment planning for implant surgical placement.

Adjunctive Surgical Experiences
A large proportion of patients receive onlay graft, sinus elevation, or socket preservation surgery prior to implant placement. Depending upon therapy complexity, Advanced Prosthodontcs students may provide this adjunctive therapy. Patients also are referred to one of the surgical specialties for definitive therapy, with Advanced Prosthodontics students participating as observers or first assistants during these adjunctive procedures on multiple occasions.

Implant Placement
Many patients receive implant placement therapy in the Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic, and implants are routinely placed by Advanced Prosthodontics students. Students are expected to develop general surgical expertise over the course of the first year through implant placement surgical assists. They also have direct surgical experience through extractions, flap elevation, and suture placement. Students participate in implant placement after they have shown capability in managing these fundamental surgical skills. Students are expected to place implants for patients during their program. Students may elect to provide surgical therapy for far more than their minimal expectations.

Digital Dentistry 2A Leader in Learning for the Digital Workflow

Students have abundant opportunities to provide the variety of digitally generated care from more-straightforward single crown therapies with milled lithium disilicate to the most complex full arch plans on implants or natural teeth. From diagnosis and treatment planning through definitive prosthesis milling, the Advanced Prosthodontics Program seeks support from its on-site Digital Design and Production Laboratory as well as off-site digital laboratories to provide state of the art prosthodontic care. Simplant and CoDiagnostiX are used for planning implant placement and guided surgery, and those plans can be transitioned to immediate implant restorations generated through digital design. The new Digital Center of Excellence provides an incredible environment for exposure to digital impressions, design and milling. Intraoral scanning is common for fabrication of provisional and definitive prosthetics. Clinic activity is supported by the department’s Digital Design and Production Lab. The 3shape and DentalWings laboratory scanners allow the production of esthetic restorations on site, as well as the off site fabrication of implant abutments and bars. Workflow between in-house and out-sourced laboratories is facilitated and coordinated by a full-time digital design technician, who ensures smooth information  transfer among scanning and milling platforms. These opportunities with faculty and staff support provide the necessary experiences for competence in the aspects of digital dentistry that support prosthodontic care.

Digital Dentistry

Research Opportunities

The Department of Oral Biology, the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and the Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases maintain facilities for basic biologic research. The Research Resources Center provides support for student and faculty research, including laboratories and staff in these areas: atomic absorption spectroscopy; bioinstrumentation; biostatistics; scanning, transmission, and atomic force electron microscopy; spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; and protein sequencing/synthesis. The Biologic Resources Laboratory maintains research animals and oversees protocols regarding the use of animals in experimentation. The UIC Computer Center provides access to the mainframe computer, the library system, and national computer networks. Research funding for postdoctoral students is available through the College of Dentistry and the University. Students also are encouraged to obtain external funding through specialty organizations or corporate support.

Graduates have been internationally recognized for their efforts. For example, a program graduate has received the Tylman Award sponsored by the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics for clinically applicable research related to implant prosthodontics.

The program and department have established a formal mentoring program to support meaningful research experiences for students. We have a wide range of ongoing clinical, laboratory, and educational research.

Additional Clinical Experiences

Student experiences as a whole provide a well-rounded Advanced Prosthodontics learning experience. This occurs though experiences totally within the College of Dentistry facility. Didactic experiences are generally within the College of Dentistry. Clinical learning experiences are within the Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic. Interdisciplinary communication for patient therapy occurs within the Advanced Prosthodontics clinic and other specialties throughout the College facility. Surgical observation occurs within the IIC and other surgical specialty clinics in the College. This provides the fundamental prosthodontics experiences based upon interdisciplinary therapy that are necessary to gain proficiency or competency.

Students rotate through the Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic housed in the adjacent Periodontics area for their Temporomandibular Disorder clinical experience. They also rotate through the UIC College of Medicine Craniofacial Center for their maxillofacial experience. Each of these provides an excellent patient contact experience that allows the student develop the requisite knowledge and skills. Finally, students participate in teaching at the preclinical and clinical levels in fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontic and/or implant prosthodontics for predoctoral students on an ongoing basis. These experiences provide students an opportunity to develop communication skills critical for teaching and interdisciplinary communication in practice.

Additional Experiences

Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinical Experience Treatment of patients who require maxillofacial prosthetic therapy. Students gain experience in diagnosis and treatment planning, surgery observation and prosthodontic treatment of patients with acquired or congenital defects.

Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinical Rotations A clinical rotation that gives the student experience in diagnosis, treatment planning and management of a variety of temporomandibular disorder patients.

Predoctoral Teaching in Prosthodontics Predoctoral teaching experience is obtained in preclinical and clinical courses related to fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics and occlusion.

Program Flexibility

Within the parameters of expected didactic and clinical experiences, flexibility in the program exists to allow students to pursue specific interests and career goals. For example, when clinical progress forms suggest students will complete the expected experiences in a timely manner, students could focus to a greater degree on implant surgical experience, implant restoration, fixed prosthodontic esthetics, maxillofacial prosthetics, or orofacial pain patient management.

Students may also elect to pursue the Master of Science Degree in Oral Sciences. Didactic curriculum for the Advanced Prosthodontics Program that meet accreditation standards are aligned with the Master of Science curriculum.

Specific extramural experiences in the program include opportunity to attend a variety of meetings that broaden their learning experiences. The Department of Restorative Dentistry has supported student travel to the American College of Prosthodontists meeting for many years. Students have regularly attended the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics Annual Meeting, and have had further opportunities based upon individual interest to attend AAMOS and GNYAP meetings.

In summary, rotations, electives and extramural activities enrich the student learning and further contribute to their ability to meet program goals and objectives that enhance the graduate's preparedness and ability to challenge the American Board of Prosthodontics Certifying Examination.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest university campus in the Chicago area with approximately 25,000 students, 5,000 graduate students and 2,500 professional students. The College of Dentistry is located on the west side of campus in the medical center complex which includes University of Illinois, Rush Presbyterian–St. Luke’s, Cook County and Veterans Administration Hospitals, as well as the Eye and Ear Infirmary. These hospitals and respective clinics provide clinical training for students enrolled in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Associated Health Professions, as well as the School of Public Health. The urban setting of the University of Illinois at Chicago provides a large, diverse patient population. Because the American Dental Association headquarters is in Chicago, the city offers an extensive selection of meetings and conferences for local, national and international organizations including annual sessions of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, the American Prosthodontic Society and the American Equilibration Society. Located just west of downtown Chicago, the UIC campus is within minutes of the city’s main cultural and entertainment attractions, other major colleges and universities, the lakefront and shopping areas.

The Library
The library of the University of Illinois at Chicago consists of six facilities including the Library of Health Sciences; the Main Library, which houses the engineering collection; and the Science Library. The University Library features an on-line public access catalog and a statewide circulation and resource-sharing network, which provides access to UIC holdings and volumes held by 40 Illinois libraries. Holdings of other libraries are available through interlibrary loan.

The Library for Health Sciences is located less than one block from the College of Dentistry and is open days, evenings and weekends. The library has over 165,000 text titles and over 5,000 journal subscriptions. There are currently over 2,600 dental texts and over 300 dental periodicals. The library provides for bibliographic searches of the dental literature through many databases including MEDLINE. Periodicals are easily accessed electronically through the University system by institutionally supported subscriptions.

Contact Us

Dr. Kent Knoernschild, Director of Advanced Prosthodontics
Department of Restorative Dentistry (MC 555)
UIC College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, Room 367A
Chicago, IL 60612-7212

Direct Line: (312) 413-1181
Restorative Department: (312) 996-2669
Fax: (312) 996-3535