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Children's Hospital Colorado / Pediatric Dentistry

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Cristina Leon Pineda 

        Children's Hospital Colorado 

        Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry 

        860 N. Potomac Circle Box 240 

        Aurora, Colorado  80011 

        Phone (Work): 720-777-4044 


        State Program located in: Colorado 

        Residency Program Coordinator-  Chelsea Dickerson 

        Children's Hospital Colorado 

        Department of Pediatric Dentistry 

        860 N. Potomac Circle 

        Aurora, Colorado  80011 

        Phone (Work): 720-777-4044 


        State Program located in: Colorado 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: September 15

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  24 months

        Program Number: PED305

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Hospital

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 8

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  Yes

        If available, please provide the web address for additional information:  Virtual and in-person externship opportunities available. For more information contact Ms. Chelsea Dickerson (

      Program Description ↑ 

      Our two-year, hospital-based Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry combines intensive clinical training with comprehensive didactic instruction related to pediatric dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Individuals who have completed it will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) once they file with the ABPD and pay a filing fee. A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The program is designed to fully prepare residents for specialty practice, as well as to provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching or research career in pediatric dentistry.
      Children’s Hospital Colorado ranks among the “Top 10” nationally in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report survey. Our excellent professional staff as well as a large patient pool provides an enriching learning environment. The Dental Center is a modern 20-chair clinic in a 19,000-square foot facility with the necessary equipment to provide efficient dental treatment. It is located at the Children’s Hospital Health Pavilion as part of a multidisciplinary care facility. Pediatric dental care is also provided at the North Campus Dental Center and at the Children’s Hospital located on the Anschutz Medical Campus along with all other medical and dental institutions affiliated with the University of Colorado thereby serving patients and families from seven mountain states.

      For information on vaccination requirements and prevention of infectious diseases please visit To request additional information please contact the program. 

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: Yes

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): No

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: No

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: Yes

        Must contact program for additional requirements: Yes

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        Please email a 2x2 photo to and mail a $30.00 application fee (check or money order) to:

        Children's Hospital Colorado
        Attn: Chelsea Dickerson
        13123 E 16th Ave., B240
        Aurora, CO 80045

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: No

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: Yes

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 30.00

        International Applicants: 

        Other (Please explain)  $ 0.00

        Additional Information:  $

        Please make the check/money order to "Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Dentistry" and write your full name and PASS ID number in the memo section. Checks/money orders should be mailed to the following address:

        Children's Hospital Colorado

        ATTN: Chelsea Dickerson

        13123 E. 16th Avenue, Box 240

        Aurora, CO 80045

        Additional Information

         Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

        -Fourth year dental student or graduate of an ADA-accredited dental school
        -Dental school GPA of 3.4 or higher
        -Dental school class rank above the 80th percentile (We are aware that some dental schools no longer use rank or report GPA)
        -Have a letter of recommendation from a pediatric dental faculty and/or pediatric pre-doctoral director



        This program participates in the PASS and MATCH programs, therefore applicants are expected to follow policies and rules of each entity when applying to this program. This program requires the submission of three (3) Professional Evaluation Forms. This program does not require the ADA Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT), but will accept the scores as part of the candidate application. The supplemental application materials that need to be submitted directly to the Program by September 15th are a portrait photo (JPEG format), which needs to be submitted electronically and directly to the Program Coordinator ( and an application processing fee of $30.00. Your most recent CV should be submitted through ADEA PASS.


        Complete application and supplemental materials should be received by September 15th. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


        Once accepted, residents are required to purchase an intraoral camera set, several books, and other supplies during the first two months of their residency (approximate cost: $2,500). Details will be provided during orientation.

        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: No

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: Yes

        Can be a permanent resident?: Yes

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes

        Will accept Canadian citizens: No

        Must have a limited permit: No

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: Yes

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: Will Not be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident
        US/ Canadian citizen, US/ Canadian permanent resident

        Additional Information: 

        At this time we are only able to accept applicants who have graduated for an ADA accredited dental school and who are US citizens/residents. 

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): No

        Must be proficient in the English language: Not Applicable

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: No

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Not Applicable

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: Not Applicable

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: No

        Additional Information: