Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program

Program Director:   Dr. Brian Sanders
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Riley Children's Hospital, RI 4205
Indianapolis, IN  46202

Pediatric Dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

Length of program: 24 months

There are 80-100 applicants each year; usually 5 or 6 individuals are accepted. 

Selection Process

Requires graduates from accredited dental schools in the U.S. or Canada.

Considers academic and clinical performance in undergraduate education and dental school.

Considers PEF and institutional evaluations. 

Considers Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT):  The Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT), is an admissions test to provide information to advanced dental education programs about applicants’ potential for success in their program.  The ADAT was developed by the ADA as a means to aid programs in selecting the best qualified applicants.  It is distinct from the National Board Dental Examination, which is designed for licensure decisions.   The ADAT is not required, however, scores will be reviewed if submitted to PASS.

Includes evaluation of communication skills (verbal and written) as reflected by the candidates’ application materials and interviews.

Evaluates candidates’ desire for specialty training in pediatric dentistry, their ability to get along with others, and to work hard as a team member.

A committee of faculty and graduate students establish the final candidate rankings.

Application Process:

Our selection process is facilitated through our use of PASS.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.    The PASS application will be available in May 2018.  The application deadline is October 1, 2018.

Applicants must also obtain a MATCH number.  PASS pediatric dentistry may obtain a MATCH number within the PASS applicant portal. 

The following should be sent directly to PASS.

Class ranking or standing:  Class ranking or standing is mandatory for all applicants except those from Un-Graded programs. Class rankings and GPA should be recorded on the PASS institutional evaluation and sent directly to PASS.

Professional Evaluation Forms (PEFs):  Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEFs) are required.   All applicants must enter evaluator contact information using the PEF dedicated link in the ADEA PASS application in order to have the form delivered electronically to each evaluator.  Evaluations should be from faculty members, private practitioners or friends, in that order of importance. 

An ADEA PASS Institution Evaluation Form (ADEA IEF) is also required from the Dean (or his/her representative) of your dental school which includes dental GPA, class rank and NBDE scores.

Current CV

The following supplemental item should be sent to the IUSD Office of Graduate Education

Indiana University School of Dentistry
Office of Graduate Education 
1121 W Michigan Street, Room 280B
Indianapolis, IN  46202

School Certification of Disciplinary History form:  This form should be sent to the Dean of your dental school or an appropriate school official who can accurately certify your disciplinary history.  The completed form should be placed in a sealed envelope and returned to the IUSD Office of Graduate Education.  

Applicants admitted to the pediatric dentistry program will be required to fill out an IUPUI graduate application and pay an application fee.  Directions for this application will be sent out upon acceptance.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Barb Lerner at