Advanced Education in Esthetic and Operative Dentistry (AEEOD)

The Advanced Education in Esthetics and Operative Dentistry (AEEOD) Certificate Program is a program within the Division of Graduate and Postgraduate Prosthodontics.

Because of its clinic location, the program allows students to have direct interaction with most dental specialties, including Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Orthodontics. Therefore, it contributes in providing a multidisciplinary approach in the diagnosis and management of patients’ esthetics and functional needs.

During their clinical curriculum, students are trained to provide comprehensive dental care, utilizing the most appropriate technologies available to dental professionals. Students’ achievements include simple to more extensive smile reconstruction including teeth whitening, direct composite restorations, porcelain laminate veneers, all-ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) restorations, and implant-supported crowns. The program exposes students to all specialty phases of dentistry and medicine as they apply to esthetics.

During their didactic curriculum, the students attend prosthodontics-oriented classes such as Prosthodontics Treatment Planning Seminar, Comprehensive Evidence-Based Prosthodontics Literature Review, Biomaterials I and II, and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) and Occlusion. Students also attend esthetics and multi-disciplinary lectures such as Comprehensive Evidence-Based Esthetic Literature Review and Science and Art of Esthetic Dentistry.

Students also learn treatment planning and record-keeping techniques that they apply to each patient. They are required to present such information in weekly roundtable discussions with faculty. The process enables students to develop effective management and administrative skills.

Program Duration

The two-year AEEOD Certificate Program starts on July 1 with a three-month preclinical course to prepare students for clinic and ends June 30 of the second year of the program.

A Master of Science degree may be combined with a clinical specialty upon approval by the program director and the Graduate Studies Committee. Successful completion of a combined Advanced Education-Master of Science program is expected to require a minimum of 36 months (specific conditions apply).

Required Courses

  • Science and Art of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Anatomy-Smile Analysis, Facial Symmetry
  • Biostatistics I and II (Masters only)
  • Comprehensive Evidence-Based Prosthodontics Literature Review
  • Comprehensive Evidence-Based Esthetics Literature Review
  • Epidemiology
  • Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Photography-Digital, 35 mm, and Instant Photography
  • Prosthodontics Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Radiology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Medicine
  • Biomaterials I and II
  • TMJ and Occlusion


Program costs for the AEEOD program is equal to two years (four semesters) of postgraduate tuition plus fees. Please visit the Financial Aid page for postgraduate tuition figures.

Please note that the AEEOD program is not an ADA-accredited program. Therefore, applicants are not eligible for financial aid.

Application Process

All applications must be received by September 4 of the previous calendar year. Applications can be downloaded on the Postgraduate application page.

After review of all the received applications, applicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend an interview. The interview process takes place in September and October. Applicants will be notified that their application has been retained for an interview at least one month in advance, in order for them to arrange their travel plans.

No applicant is eligible for acceptance without an interview.

All acceptances are sent to selected applicants before the end of December.


Jacinto A. Cano Peyro, D.D.S., M.S.

Najla Chebib, D.D.S., M.S., CAGS
Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director, Advanced Education in Esthetic and Operative Dentistry

Lisa B. Emirzian, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Hiroshi Hirayama, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP

Kiho Kang, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP
Associate Clinical Professor

Samer Georges Khayat, D.D.S., D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Yong Jeong Kim, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP
Associate Professor, Associate Director, Graduate and Postgraduate Prosthodontics

Sujey Morgan, D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Julie R. Oliverio-Callum, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Roya Zandparsa, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Professor