Orthodontics - Certificate

Orthodontics includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures. The program balances didactic, clinical, and research components. It includes training in applied and radiographic anatomy, biomechanics, physics, biostatistics, research design, orthodontic technique, diagnosis, treatment planning, growth and development.

All courses within this program are taught face-to-face, on campus at the College of Dentistry in Dallas. This program may require off-campus assignments at local, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex hospitals or dental clinics.

In addition, the completion of an MS in Oral Biology is mandatory for this specialty program.

The Certificate in Orthodontics is a most-significant document for graduates in the dental specialty of Orthodontics. Although all graduates from the 34.5-month regimen of study complete a publishable MS thesis in the Department of Orthodontics at the College of Dentistry, located in Dallas, and receive an MS in Oral Biology, the specialty of Orthodontics is not annotated on the diploma. Therefore, the Certificate in Orthodontics portrays certification in the discipline/specialty as a legitimate credential to potential orthodontic patients, as well as to hospitals, future employers, professional organizations, and certifying agencies - such as the American Board of Orthodontics. As such, the Certificate in Orthodontics should be weighted equally as important as the MS degree in Oral Biology, since it is more explanatory to the consuming public and regulatory authorities.

Application requirements include a DDS or DMD (or foreign equivalent), National Board Dental Examinations for graduates of American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation accredited institutions, Graduate Record Examination scores, a competitive academic record, and references. Applications are made through PASS. The deadline to apply is August 15 of each year, with a start date the following summer.

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This program prepares students for the opportunity to pursue an occupational license.  Please refer to the Notification for Students Pursuing an Occupational License in our catalog for additional information.

ORTH 601TMD Clinic I0.0
ORTH 602TMD Clinic II0.0
ORTH 603TMD Clinic III0.0
ORTH 604TMD Clinic IV0.0
ORTH 605TMD Clinic V0.0
ORTH 656TMD Clinic VI0.0
ORTH 657TMD Clinic VII0.0
ORTH 658TMD Clinic VIII0.0
ORTH 659TMD Clinic IX0.0
ORTH 606Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic I0.0
ORTH 607Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic II0.0
ORTH 608Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic III0.0
ORTH 609Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic IV0.0
ORTH 611Biomechanics II1.0
ORTH 612Material Science in Orthodontics1.0
ORTH 614Orthognathic Surgery Conference I0.0
ORTH 615Orthognathic Surgery Conference II0.0
ORTH 616Orthognathic Surgery Conference III0.0
ORTH 617Orthognathic Surgery Conference IV0.0
ORTH 618Orthognathic Surgery Conference V0.0
ORTH 619Orthognathic Surgery Conference VI0.0
ORTH 620Orthognathic Surgery Seminar0.5
ORTH 622Clinical Specialty Seminars II2.0
ORTH 623Clinical Specialty Seminars III1.0
ORTH 624Clinical Specialty Seminars IV2.0
ORTH 625Clinical Specialty Seminars V2.0
ORTH 626Clinical Specialty Seminars VI1.5
ORTH 627Clinical Specialty Seminars VII2.0
ORTH 628Clinical Specialty Seminars VIII2.0
ORTH 629Clinical Specialty Seminars IX2.0
ORTH 630Advanced Orthodontic Practice Management I2.0
ORTH 631Advanced Orthodontic Practice Management II2.0
ORTH 634Independent Research I2.0
ORTH 639Independent Research-Manuscript Development III2.0
ORTH 647Clinical Orthodontics I1.0
ORTH 648Clinical Orthodontics II3.0
ORTH 649Clinical Orthodontics III3.0
ORTH 650Clinical Orthodontics IV2.0
ORTH 651Clinical Orthodontics V3.0
ORTH 652Clinical Orthodontics VI3.0
ORTH 653Clinical Orthodontics VII2.0
ORTH 654Clinical Orthodontics VIII2.5
ORTH 655Clinical Orthodontics IX3.0
Total Semester Credit Hours47.5

Must complete 34.5 months of residency, total credit hours specified, any noncredit courses specified, and be approved by the Promotions Committee for this certificate to be awarded. 

The MS in Oral Biology is also required, for which students must complete an additional 32 semester credit hours, conduct a research project, and successfully defend a written thesis. The coursework for the Certificate and the MS are completed simultaneously.

In accordance with Student Rule 10.4.1, grades of S or U may be assigned in certain officially designated certificate courses.