Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology

Graduation Profile in Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology
This graduation profile focusses on prosthodontics (50%), oral implantology (25%) and digital dentistry (25%). The aim of the profile is to provide postgraduate students with clinical proficiency in restorative and surgical aspects as well as with comprehensive didactic knowledge in total patient care at a specialist level. Most training will take place in fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics and surgeries through conventional and digital approaches. The emphasis within the profile will also be on diagnosis, evidence-based treatment planning and treatment execution (surgical and non-surgical) of partially and complete edentulous patients in oral rehabilitation through interdisciplinary approaches. Residents will need to complete assignments, literature reviews, case presentations, patient documentation, external oral/poster presentations at conferences, clinical skills evaluation and clinical case execution in order to graduate. Extensive training in research is also part of the curriculum. The results of the individual research project conducted must be presented in the form of a thesis.

Residents are required to be at ACTA 4 days a week, leaving one day for self-study and administration. This program (partially) follows the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for American Prosthodontics programme as well as the standards of the Dutch Society for Oral Implantology (NVOI).   

Organizing department and faculty
The programme is organized by the department of Oral Implantology and is co-run by Dr Edward Chaoho Chien and Johan Cossé, DDS.

J. Cossé was trained as an oral implantologist in The Netherlands and is recognised as such by the Dutch Association for Oral Implantology (NVOI). Dr. Chien holds a Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) in Prosthodontics (PhD equivalent) from Boston University, USA, and is a fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI). They are supported by a team of 6-8 part-time differentiated dentists with a background in prosthodontics, periodontics, digital dentistry and oral implantology. Each year, 3 to 5 postgraduate students are accepted into the three-year full-time programme.
After passing the final exams and successfully defending the thesis, the candidate will be awarded a joint Master’s degree in Oral Health Sciences by both the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam as well as a diploma in Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology by the Department of Oral Implantology at ACTA. After graduation students can apply for a Certificate of recognition as a dentist with differentiated skills in the field of Oral Implantology from NVOI.

PhD Track 
For candidates who are interested in excelling scientifically and wish to pursue an academic career, the Oral Health Sciences programme can sometimes be combined with a PhD training position within the department of Oral Implantology. If interested, please get in touch with Dr Edward Chaoho Chien via

Tuition Fee 
The tuition fee for Oral Health Sciences students studying the Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology profile is €23,500 per year for the 2020-2021 academic year. Rates are subjected to change in the year 2022 and onwards.

Application for this profile begins on 1st of Oct 2019 and ends on 30th June 2020. For further information about the required application documents, including the application form, please go to: postgraduate MSc in Oral Health Sciences. Due to the current COVID-19 the selection interview will take place online. The interview will consist of interviews with different members of staff and a general oral didactic exam. Prospective candidates will be invited for an interview before the middle of June.

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Dr. E. Chaoho Chien
Co-Profile Director

CosseJ. Cossé, DDS 
Co-Profile Director