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Program Description

Goal

The primary objective of the Graduate Program in Prosthodontics, through an organized, advanced and comprehensive curriculum, is to prepare dentists for the contemporary specialty practice of Prosthodontics.  The program is designed to produce clinicians proficient in a range of procedures characteristic of the discipline.  By integrating courses in behavioral and biological disciplines, in additional to cliical experience, graduates will also become competent at research and teaching.

Clinical & Research Facilities

Clinic and research facilities are housed primarily in the School of Dentistry which is located in the Health Sciences Center of the University of Louisville. The Kornhauser Health Sciences Library is a common facility shared by all components of the Center. It houses a collection of more than 128,000 volumes and 1200 current periodicals, as well as offering a wide variety of library support services.

Educational Program

The Graduate Program in Prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

The program begins on July 1, and continues through 36 calendar months. The program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Prosthodontics for a certificate in prosthodontics, along with the requirements of the University of Louisville Graduate School for a Master of Science in Oral Biology. The curriculum is integrated so that both the certificate and the Master of Science will be awarded simultaneously upon completion of requirements. Didactic, clinical, teaching and research experience are spread throughout the program.

The University

The University of Louisville has a total enrollment of more than 23,000 students of whom approximately 3,500 are in Graduate School. Founded in 1798 as Jefferson Seminary and later known as Louisville College, it became the University of Louisville, in 1846 and joined the state university system in 1970. The Graduate School was established in 1907. The Health Sciences Center, composed of the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Kornhauser Library, University Hospital, Ambulatory Care Center, and the Brown Cancer Center, shares a twelve block area with several other health care facilities.

The Community

Louisville is Kentucky's largest city, with a population of over 1,000,000 in the greater Louisville area. Louisville has long been known for traditional landmarks such as Churchill Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby, and the Belle of Louisville, the city's historical sternwell riverboat.

Cultural activities are plentiful, including Actor's Theater, the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Ballet, the Kentucky Opera Association, the J.B. Speed Art Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Science and Technology. Sporting events include horse racing at Churchill Downs, minor league baseball with the Louisville Bats, and collegiate sports, featuring one of the nation's finest basketball teams. Families will also enjoy touring the Louisville Zoo.

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