Welcome to Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS)

Residents will become proficient clinicians and leaders in their specialty.  They will promote optimal health through education, research and clinical activities.

  • Educate residents in their specialty area and prepare them for board certification.
  • Promote the delivery of high quality dentistry by federal services dentists through continuing education.
  • Support operational dental readiness and dental health through clinical practice, worldwide consultative services, and educational endeavors.
  • Blend unique military experience into postgraduate dental education and produce the future leaders of the Dental Corps.
  • Develop clinically proficient specialists for the Federal services.
  • Prepare, support, and have all residents achieve board certification.
  • Prepare dental officers to successfully manage specialty or advanced general dentistry practices in the military environment.
  • Prepare residents to be academic and clinical mentors to members of the Dental Corps and dental profession.
  • Promote a career-long interest in continued professional development.
  • Conduct health care research projects and contribute to the professional literature.
  • Prepare residents to critically review pertinent scientific literature.
  • Prepare residents for leadership roles.
Under the command and support of the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, the Naval Postgraduate Dental School conducts advanced programs for dental officers that are designed to help the Dental Corps meet its need for officers who are fully qualified to practice, teach, and conduct research in dentistry. The programs are as follows:
  • One-year fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • Two-year residencies in Comprehensive Dentistry, Endodontics, and Orofacial Pain
  • Three-year residencies in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Periodontics, Orofacial Pain, and Prosthodontics
  • Four-year residency in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • One-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD-1) program
All multi-year residencies include a course of instruction leading to a Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

Application Procedures

Application to NPDS is open to Navy dental officers.  The process is published annually in the BUMEDNOTE 1520.  Call (301) 295-0650 for information on applying for a dental residency programs.
The Naval Dental School opened on February 3, 1923, as the Dental Department of the United States Naval Medical School, Washington, DC. Its twofold purpose was the postgraduate instruction of officers of the Dental Corps of the US Navy and the training of hospital corpsmen to serve as dental assistants. In 1941, the Navy Dental School was established as a command on board the National Naval Medical Center campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The dental school was renamed the Naval Graduate Dental School in 1971. In 1975, the dental school was re-designated as the National Naval Dental Center (NNDC). In 1983, the Naval Dental Clinic Bethesda was established to replace NNDC, with the Naval Dental School as a component facility. In 1989, the Naval Dental Clinic Bethesda was renamed the National Naval Dental Center (NNDC). In 2001, the Naval Dental School was renamed the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS). In 2004, upon the disestablishment of the National Naval Dental Center, NPDS aligned under the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda.  In 2009, NPDS became a part of the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (known until 2012 as the Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command).
Contact Us

Naval Postgraduate Dental School
Navy Medicine Professional Development Center
8955 Wood Road, Building 1, 4th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20889-5611

Building 1 is WRNMMC's historic "Tower"

Main:  (301) 295-0064
DSN:  295-0064
Continuing Education:  (301) 295-0205
Correspondence Courses:  (301) 319-4832
Fax:  (301) 295-5767

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 07:30am - 4:00pm


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