Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics: MSD

Required Curriculum

The overall goal of the Advanced Orthodontic Training Program is to educate competent individuals to practice orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. This 36-month combined MSD and certificate program in orthodontics is designed to satisfy the training requirements of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association as well as complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Dentistry. The curriculum is arranged so that approximately half the time is devoted to clinical training. The remainder of the program is devoted to lectures and seminars in the basic sciences and clinical subjects related to orthodontics as well as research. The master’s degree requirements include a research project, thesis, and thesis defense.

The intent of the program is to educate students to become competent clinicians who can successfully analyze and treat dentofacial deformities. Emphasis is placed on craniofacial growth and development, cephalometrics, biomechanics, occlusion, and neuromuscular physiology.

The program provides the formal educational requirements as well as patient cases for the examinations of the American Board of Orthodontics.

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