How does it work?

We understand that adding a new skill like Geriatric Dentistry while maintaining your current practice–on top of any family, social or other commitments–can be intimidating.

Our program will help you strike just the right balance between time and money to fit into your demanding schedule.

That’s why we’ve structured our hybrid program to deliver the maximum results with minimum disruption to the rest of your life. This is one of the greatest benefits of learning via an online program — you can watch the training videos in the mornings, late at night, or during a lunch break.

Our students report that this flexibility is one of the key factors influencing their choice of our program. In fact, many of them would have been utterly unable to gain this expertise were it not offered in this format.

This is not to say that the Geriatric Dentistry program does not make demands on your time–far from it! This is a very demanding program, and you will have to work hard to keep up with the coursework and the research you will be expected to do.

Student Commitment

Students will need to commit 10 to 20 hours per week to the program, which includes streaming video lectures, online quizzes, weekly video conferences regarding patient cases, and the preparation and presentation of a research article on a geriatric dentistry topic.

Face-to-face learning occurs during weekly video conferences and during each summer trimester, when the students attend the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in Los Angeles for a minimum of two or more weeks for help with their capstone project, to build their case portfolio, and to receive extensive competency skills training and testing.

Of course, every student is different. You may find that, due to knowledge and expertise that you already have accumulated, you can absorb one week’s lessons in as little as 12 hours; another week, the subject matter may be totally new to you and you’ll wind up spending 28 hours researching, writing, and going over course materials until you are comfortable with the lessons.

Our program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Please see this page for a sample weekly schedule. 

Check out this timeline that will show you the major events from 2016-2018


As for the financial commitment, the cost is the same whether you are a U.S. citizen or a foreign student.

For the 37-month program, the cost is approximately $55,000

For the 12-month certification program, the cost is approximately $22,000

*Please note that there will be a 3% yearly tuition increase.

Additionally, you can pay on an installment program. We also have extensive resources that you can call on for loans and other forms of financial aid. Please see this page for links that will explain more.