UIC College of Dentistry  Periodontics Postgraduate Program

Postdoctoral and Continuing Education Training Programs in Periodontics
The Department of Periodontics provides instruction and clinical experience dealing with the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the periodontium in adults. This includes surgical placement of implants and implant maintenance. Experienced faculty at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels and in continuing education conducts programs for dental professionals.

There are two training programs offered in Periodontics:

  • Postdoctoral Certificate Program
  • Continuing Education Program

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Learn more about the Periodontics Continuing Education Program

Certificate Program

The postdoctoral program is a 33-month clinical specialty training leading to a Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontics and a research experience that leads to an MS degree. The Departmental goal is to provide the predoctoral and postdoctoral student with a strong educational foundation in periodontology for their future careers in Dentistry and to contribute new knowledge through basic and clinical research in Periodontics.


Admission Requirements

The Department of Periodontics welcomes applications from both domestic and international dentists. All prospective residents must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a dental school. Prospective applicants must submit their applications through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). 

TOEFL requirement:  Applicants should take the test no later than May to ensure that your score arrives by the application deadline. TOEFL scores older than two years are not acceptable.


The following are the scores which are the minimums accepted by the program:

TOFEL iBT > 94




Tuition & Fees

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

The Department of Periodontics equipment, book, and licensing fees are estimated as follows:

Textbooks: $1,000.00 (first year only)

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

Upon acceptance to the program a deposit of $5000.00 is required to secure a position in the class. For candidates that matriculate into the program, the deposit will be credited to their student account. The deposit is non-refundable for candidates who hold a slot and then do not matriculate.



This program is intended to provide a source of income for eligible post-graduate students. Compensation will be 20% of collected fees (applied cash) from services provided by the post-graduate student. Disbursements will be made bi-annually for total of six disbursements over a period of three years.


How to Apply

The UIC College of Dentistry Periodontics Postgraduate Program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), which is administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Applicants must be submit all documents through PASS. UIC does not accept applications or documents sent directly to the Department of Periodontology.

Complete the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) Application 

Rolling admission process. A rolling admissions process will be utilized to fill the class. For applicants who applied last year, they should resubmit all application materials. Personal interviews will begin in June and continue until the class is filled. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15th.

International Applicants. Applicants educated mainly outside of a country where English is not the primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Countries recognized as English-speaking are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand. The TOEFL test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), CN6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. Please follow the PASS instructions for submission of the scores to PASS. When registering for the test, you should also indicate the University of Illinois at Chicago (Institution code 1851).  For more information, call the Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7100.

Interviews. A personal, on-site interview is required for admission except in unusual circumstances. Interviews are usually held June through August for applicants selected by the Admissions Committee. All interviews are scheduled by invitation from the Department of Periodontics. Faculty and applicants meet during formal interviews as well as during social events hosted by the current residents. Time is provided for applicants to ask questions of faculty, residents, and staff and to tour the Periodontics Clinic and other facilities.

After provisional acceptance into the Periodontics Postgraduate Program, students must apply to the UIC Graduate School for acceptance into the certificate, and Master's or PhD programs. Certificate Application and requirements. 

Prepare Supplemental Materials. Application to the certificate program would require the following supplemental materials: Original Transcripts (from all professional schools and colleges); National Boards- I, and II (if available); TOEFL; Resume; Three recommendation letters; Copies of degrees, certificates, diplomas (if studied outside of U.S.)

Additional requirements for the MS and PhD program applications:

Contact Us

E. Dwayne Karateew, DDS

Graduate Program Director

Clinical Associate Professor




Michael Schmerman, DDS

Graduate Program Coordinator

Clinical Associate Professor



  • Department of Periodontics

    801 S. Paulina, MC 859

    Chicago, IL 60612