DScD in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

A limited number of candidates are accepted into the Doctor of Science in Dentistry program, which takes at least two years in addition to the CAGS in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics program to complete. Candidates must complete all basic science and clinical requirements for the program as listed below. In addition, the program requires that candidates complete a major research effort related to orthodontics. This research is usually conducted in conjunction with research faculty of the University.

Other coursework may be assigned at the discretion of the research advisor and the department chair.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be capable of carrying out evaluations and analysis of diagnostic radiographs and images at a superior level, which will allow them to formulate feasible treatment plans for patients with all types of malocclusions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research design and biostatistics so that they can competently assess scientific articles and research.
  • Display superior knowledge of the application and use of multiple types of orthodontic appliances, including various types of fixed appliances, removable appliances, functional appliances, and temporary anchorage devices.
  • Demonstrate superior knowledge of the force systems that are involved in tooth movement by designing force systems necessary to carry out the necessary tooth movement for a patient’s care.

DScD Curriculum

In addition to the requirements for the CAGS in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics program, the following is required:

Year 1

  • SDM OR 994 Research: Orthodontics

Year 2

  • SDM OR 995 Research: Orthodontics

Completion is not tracked by credit accumulation but by successful completion of individual courses and duration requirements.