Jacksonville University to Launch Florida’s First Certificate in Oral Implantology

Jacksonville University in Florida will offer a new program in Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Comprehensive Oral Implantology for dentists that want to grow in the growing field of implantology.

Jacksonville University has announced that it plans to launch a 3-year Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Comprehensive Oral Implantology. This will be supported by the Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Foundation (COIRF) and will use the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) post-graduate core curriculum.

The program will offer dentists training that focuses on surgery, prosthetics, and maintenance in relation to dental implants and oral implantology. It will be a part of the university’s Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences and will be named the Alfred L. “Duke” Heller & O. Hilt Tatum Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Program. As well as in-person, residents will be able to earn an online master’s degree from Jacksonville University and participate in an in-person residency at a variety of U.S. implant dentistry practices. This program was created to offer these educational opportunities in a growing field of dentistry, according to Jacksonville University President Tim Cost.

"This offering represents the next in-demand program born from ongoing, open discussions with our health industry partners and colleagues regarding where the market is headed and how Jacksonville University can best meet a very specific need for top-tier education and training,” Cost said in a press release from the University. "Jacksonville University is proud to partner with the professionals at COIRF and AAID to advance this highly specialized and growing field within dentistry."

As the need for dental implants grows with the population, Jacksonville University hopes to grow in the space, according to President of the Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residency Foundation, Andrew MacConnell, DDS, MIIF, FAAID, DABOI/ID.

"Oral implantology is a $6.8 billion industry that will only continue to grow, and the dramatic advances in knowledge within this eld in recent years has created the need for an implantology branch within dentistry," Dr MacConnell said in the press release. "Upon completion of the program, our residents will receive their Certificate of Comprehensive Oral Implantology and will be prepared to sit for the ABOI/ID Written and Oral Board Examination."

Applications for the program are due April 15, 2022, and can be submitted online. Jacksonville University is offering a scholarship that will provide $10,000 for the first year of this program for select students who apply. The first residency is expected to begin this summer.