The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics offers a 24-month certificate program through the School of Orthodontics. The program combines didactic, clinical, and research components, leading to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.) in Orthodontics. Students must be prepared to undertake an intensive, continuous, full-time course of study as well as supervised clinical training in various contemporary orthodontic techniques. In addition there are limited opportunities for selected students to either be simultaneously enrolled in the Executive MBA program offered through the Davis College of Business or a Masters Program in Educational Leadership offered through the School of Education.
The course of study begins with orientation in July with course work and clinic starting in mid-August of each year. By the end of the first year it is expected that each student will have initiated comprehensive orthodontic treatment for at least fifty (50) patients after completion of a pre-clinical training course.
Students are introduced to a variety of treatment philosophies, with an emphasis on pre-adjusted appliances and related techniques. Supervising clinical faculty present their philosophies in daily diagnosis and treatment planning seminars. A variety of clinical techniques are demonstrated and utilized in the school’s state-of-the-art orthodontic clinical facility.
Academic requirements for the 24-month Orthodontic Certification program are as follows:
- Successful completion of the mandatory course work.
- Satisfactory treatment of the assigned patients under supervision.
- Acceptable performances on comprehensive didactic and clinical examinations.
- Completion of the research component of the program.