Certification in Comprehensive Oral ImplantologyMasters of Science in Dentistry

Two dental implantology residents performing dental implant surgery with Dr. Hilt Tatum

Why Choose Our Oral Implantology Residency?

Jacksonville University is now offering a Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Comprehensive Oral Implantology, also known as the Alfred L. “Duke” Heller & O. Hilt Tatum Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Program. This 36-month program, supported by the Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Foundation (COIRF) and recognized as using the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) post-graduate core curriculum for dental implantology, provides dentists extensive training focused on clinical proficiency in surgery, prosthetics, and maintenance as related to dental implants and comprehensive oral implantology. Implant dentistry is a unique specialty that is multidisciplinary in nature and inclusive of all existing specialties.

The addition of the Comprehensive Oral Implantology program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is a normal step for any university that adds new programs. We anticipate receiving approval by July.

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Applications due April 15, 2022
Program start June 6, 2022


Dr. Hilt Tatum with student during instructional surgery

More About Our Program

Implant dentistry is a unique specialty that goes beyond the scope of general dentistry. Developed by Dr. Hilt Tatum, founder of the Dental Implant Residency Program, with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s (AAID) post-graduate core curriculum for dental implantology, this multidisciplinary program encompasses surgical, periodontal, prosthetic, and long term maintenance. The Alfred L. “Duke” Heller & O. Hilt Tatum Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Program includes:

  • The ability to earn a degree online while receiving in-person instruction during a paid residency at one of 15, University-affiliated implant dentistry clinics
  • Knowledge of two- and three-dimensional radiographic imaging systems, biomechanics and biomaterials related to implantology, digital laboratory technology, basic and advanced alveolar reconstructive surgery, and more
  • Opportunity for residents to receive hands-on training with faculty comprised of certified oral implantology experts
  • Receipt of a Master of Science in Dentistry degree along with a Certificate of Comprehensive Oral Implantology

The revolutionary reconstruction of the entire oral masticatory process – bone, soft tissue, and teeth - utilizing implants and dental restorations, is an advanced field of surgery taught only in this program.

Students are also eligible to apply for the Student/Resident AAID Membership and completion of this program can be used to satisfy the application requirements of multiple organizations and certifying boards in oral implantology.

Scholarship Opportunity

Jacksonville University is offering a scholarship for residents of the Alfred L. “Duke” Heller & O. Hilt Tatum Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Program. When awarded, the scholarship will provide $10,000 for the first year of program. To apply for the scholarship, residents will need to submit a personal essay attached to their application.

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Woman holding a dental implant jaw mold while doctor points at implant site.


Requirements for U.S. Students

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) / Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), or equivalent
  • US National Board scores Part I & Part II 
  • Letters of recommendation (2) from:
    • Chair or Dean of your Dental School
    • Dental School Faculty, or Professional Colleague who can attest to the character and background of the applicant
  • Personal essay stating goals of applicant (500 word maximum)

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • International dental graduate students must possess a U.S. or Canadian Dental Degree or the educational equivalent as determined by the Program Director  of the School of Orthodontics.
  • TOEFL scores above the 90th percentile (270 computer, 610 paper)
  • Current US Visa (in case of an interview)


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View the Resident Handbook.

Dr. Hilt Tatum instructing during a dental implant surgery

“…the goal of modern implantology is to accept for treatment a patient at any stage of dental disease atrophy or trauma and, with general health permitting, restore that patient to normal contour, comfort, function, aesthetics, and health."

Dr. Hilt Tatum, D.D.S.Founder of the Dental Implantology Residency Program

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Contact Information Graduate Admissions

Phone: (904) 256-7000
Email: graduateadmissions@ju.edu

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