Operative & Esthetic Dentistry Internship

Course Description

Available to U.S. and Foreign Dental Graduates

The Department of Restorative Dental Sciences offers advanced education courses in Operative/Esthetic Dentistry and Prosthodontics. The Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Internship Program is tailored to include experiences in clinical Dentistry, case analysis, didactic courses, and literature reviews.

This course is designed to give the practitioner an experience in didactic/clinical Dentistry that equips them to be more proficient with more complex treatment in General and Esthetic Dentistry. The practitioner’s clinical training will be provided at the University of Florida’s Gainesville Campus under the direction of the faculty associated with the Graduate Program in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry. In addition, the practitioner will attend and participate in selected courses and clinical cases.

Program Details

This course is for one calendar year beginning on July 1st and ending June 30th. Tuition is remitted in four (4) equal non-refundable installments of $8,750.00 (for a total of $35,000/year). Upon completion of the internship, a certificate of attendance and twelve hundred (1200) continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded.

Completion of the Continuing Education Internship Program is an educational goal in itself, and in no way insures acceptance to a Postgraduate Residency Program. Although many resources will be provided by the selected Department, this is a Continuing Education program and is not listed on the University of Florida Registrar’s records.

Course Objectives

Through lectures, problem-based learning, case based, laboratory and clinical activities, and self-study students should be able to:

  • Successfully diagnose and treat different cases using Operative and Esthetic Dentistry concepts;
  • Properly use Digital Dentistry tools to diagnose, treatment plan and execute restorative treatments;

Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Internship Program Core Curriculum

Initial Period of Evaluation: July 1st to September 30th

Initial Evaluation and Clinic Preparation: The beginning of the program will be devoted to ensuring clinical competency and preparation for entry into the clinics (1 to 3 months). During this period, the intern(s) will be trained in the simulation laboratory to perform and master dental waxing, dental biomaterials, operative techniques for direct and indirect restorations, esthetic and non-esthetic restorative techniques, and cariology. In addition, Axium (electronic health record) training, case-based diagnosis and treatment planning evaluation will be emphasized.

Remainder of Internship:

-Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

-Clinical Dentistry (entry into the clinic can start as early as the Fall semester or may take until the Spring semester depending upon psychomotor exam)

-Grand Rounds (multidisciplinary presentation/discussion with all Graduate Programs from UFCD)

-Introduction to Operative Dentistry and Esthetic Dentistry

-Literature Review

-Clinical Preventive Strategies and Minimally Invasive Dentistry

-Dental Photography for Clinical Documentation

-Operative Biomimetic Restorative Techniques

-Independent Study

  • The goal is to develop a personal program of self-study and professional growth based upon evidence-based Dentistry

-Digital Dentistry

-Implant Dentistry

-Finalization of Research Project: complete review article on assigned research topic

The individual course availability, faculty, and schedule may vary.

Requirements for Program Completion

  1. Complete all dentoform competencies
  2. Complete clinical requirements
  3. Successfully assist or complete the scholarly review article or research project assigned
  4. Successfully complete all assigned courses


  • Primary mentor: Assigned one primary course director
  • Team of faculty: 
  • For questions regarding the program, please contact Susan Beckett-Young, the Graduate Operative Program Assistant at (352)273-7957.
  • For questions regarding the application process, please contact the SADS Department: (352)273-7800


UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

888-550-4590 (toll-free)

University of Florida

Continuing Education Units

1200 contact hours. Lecture/Participation

Hands-on Course Hands-On Workshop

M-F, 8am – 5pm (excluding University holidays)
Registration Fee

Application Process

* Application deadline January 31st, all applications must be submitted online.

Applicants must submit the following documentation:


  1. Application (available here) – Download and complete application, then submit via the link at the bottom of this page.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language); the minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper exam or 80 for the computer exam. Upon acceptance you will be required to send an original.
  5. Financial Guarantee (Government Sponsored)

Upon acceptance, Non-US residents requiring a visa must submit all required documentation, including proof of sufficient funds to support the cost of fees and living expenses (Student $1,500/month; Spouse $1,000/month; Per Child $500/month; plus tuition and fees).



Application, application fee and all required documents must be received on or before January 31st to be considered.


  • Fees (all fees are non-refundable):
  • Application Fee $50.00 (due with application)
  • Processing Fee $300.00 (due upon acceptance)

Notice to all applicants: Acceptance into any program is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and obtaining the appropriate visa if you are a non-US citizen.



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