Orthodontics and Dentofacial

MS and Graduate Certificate

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Larry Doyle, DDS

Program length: 30 Months

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): MS in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics  (CIP Code: 51.0401)

Minimum number graded credit hours: 146 units

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 PA

Program Purpose Statement 

To educate and train orthodontic graduate students/residents to a high level of proficiency in the dental specialty practice of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who will become board certified specialists after graduation. 

Student Learning Outcomes Statements 

All of our students/residents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the dental and scientific literature as it relates to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
  2. Recognize and classify dental and skeletal malocclusion into the types and categories accepted by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
  3. Diagnose and plan the treatment for different types of malocclusion using evidence-based concepts of growth and development, anatomy, histology, pathology, dental materials, and biomechanics.
  4. Manage and treat all types of malocclusion in either the transitional or the permanent dentition including dentofacial, craniofacial, functional, and temporomandibular problems.
  5. Correct malocclusion of the teeth and jaws to the standards of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) and be able to collect the required patient records and put together case presentations which follow the specific directions of the ABO for their specialty certification clinical examination.
  6. Initiate and complete a research project and publishable thesis that includes the development of a hypothesis, a critical review of the literature, design methodology, statistical analysis, and interpretation of data.