The Program in Orthodontics is a twenty-four-month course of study beginning in July of each year. The program is designed to offer a broad foundation in the basic sciences and to provide a background of detailed knowledge essential to the understanding of orthodontics. Upon satisfactory completion of the program the student will receive a certificate in orthodontics, will be educationally qualified to pursue certification by the American Board of Orthodontics, and receive a Masters of Science in Dentistry Degree.
Primary emphasis is on clinical training, which is correlated with and supplemented by lecture, seminar, demonstration and conference instruction. Mastery of the edgewise appliance is stressed. Treatment with functional appliances is also mphasized as an augmentation to fixed appliance therapy. In addition to the treatment of routine orthodontic problems, each student treats several patients with severe malocclusions including cases requiring a combined orthodontic surgical approach to therapy. Guest lecturers introduce other appliance techniques currently used throughout the world.
Some of the courses offered over the two-year period are orthodontic theory and diagnosis, orthodontic technique, biomechanics, surgical orthodontics, craniofacial morphogenesis, anatomy, and statistics. Each student is required to complete a research project.
The program is fully accredited through the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination; foreign students must take the TOEFL, and completed American Dental Education Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) applications must be received by August 3 of the year preceding matriculation.