Pediatric Dentistry MS/Certificate Program

Welcome to the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Our residency program is a partnership between The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the largest freestanding children’s hospitals in the United States. The program emphasizes behavioral management, dental trauma, sedation and general anesthesia, medically compromised patients, advocacy, research, hospital protocols, and four-handed dentistry. We have assembled a comprehensive folder of information about our program to help you learn more.

Degree Granted

MS plus certificate* or MS-MPH plus certificate

Students Accepted


Program Length

24 months

Application Deadline

September 1

More About Our Program

All prospective residents must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a CODA-accredited dental school. Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin or religion.

Applicants must utilize the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).

HRSA Grant

Our Division has been awarded a 5-year (2020-2025) HRSA grant which has many exciting implications for our training program, including:

  • The design and implementation of an innovative school-based mobile dental program utilizing teledentistry
  • A combined and integrated 26-month MS-MPH curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary public health curriculum
  • Enhanced program diversity

We will be able to provide funding to support one resident per incoming class for the combined MS-MPH degree track. The MPH-Program for Experienced Professionals will be online through the College of Public Health and information is evolving as we plan this exciting new addition to our program. If you are interested in population health management and leadership, please send a supplemental letter of interest to Dr. Hammersmith at by September 1. Applicants will be considered for one or both program tracks (MS, MS-MPH) based on their expressed interest.

Additional program requirements

PASS application: yes

National Matching Service: yes

International students accepted: See details on PASS

Fulfills requirements for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Please note

Students in a clinical residency program can pursue a PhD program as an alternative to the MS degree program. You must be accepted by both the specialty program and the Oral Biology PhD program.


The Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:

Disclosure of Licensure and Certification Information

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at  Click on the link for State Dental Boards.