Graduate Certificate in Orthodontics

The Graduate Program in Orthodontics from Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry emphasizes evidence-based, patient-centered and outcome-driven care. This full-time, 26-month, post-doctoral certificate program educates residents to become qualified specialists in orthodontics with expertise in applied basic sciences, compassionate care for patients, clinical biomechanics and diagnosis treatment planning. Residents are also required to complete a Master of Science in Oral Biology while completing the Orthodontics certificate program. 

Residents receive advanced didactic and clinical instruction across all aspects of the discipline, in preparation for a career as an orthodontist in settings such as clinical practice, research and academics. Graduates are prepared to pursue certification by the American Board of Orthodontics. 

The Orthodontics curriculum incorporates advanced understanding of cutting-edge orthodontic instrumentation, with a focus on wire manipulation and clinical biomechanics. You’ll critically evaluate dental literature, research, theories, technological advancements and therapeutic procedures and apply these practices to the diagnosis and treatment of patients. You’ll also develop the skills needed for the sound management of your clinical practice. 

Clinical seminar coursework is completed at the Kornberg School of Dentistry and during a two-week course at the Charles H. Tweed International Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education in Tucson, Arizona, where you will receive intensive hands-on training in differential diagnosis and mechanics. 

Matriculation for the Orthodontics program starts in July of each year and dentists are expected to maintain continuous residency status over the course of the program. Completion of the certificate also awards residents with a concurrent Master of Science degree in Oral Biology.

An orthodontics patient being treated in a clinic at Temple Dental.

Adding the Oral Biology MS

Residents in the Graduate Program in Orthodontics will engage in original research activities and complete a thesis-based Master of Science in Oral Biology. The MS requirements are completed in conjunction with the certificate requirements. The Oral Biology MS degree program is available to students in both the graduate programs for Orthodontics and Periodontics. Additionally, residents in the Endodontics graduate program can pursue the Oral Biology MS as an extra year of study at the conclusion of their program.

The interdisciplinary MS program provides a comprehensive academic and clinical education in oral and craniofacial biology, in addition to biomedical sciences such as anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology. Students study the structure, development and function of oral tissue, its relationship to other organ systems in the body, and how it relates to overall health and disease pathology.

By completing the Oral Biology MS with the Orthodontics, Periodontics or Endodontics programs, residents may pursue avenues beyond traditional clinical dental practice, and they are qualified for careers in academia or in industry-related institutions.

Learn more about the Oral Biology MS option.

Classes & Curriculum

While clinical instruction will serve as the foundation for much of this program, some required coursework for the Graduate Program in Orthodontics is completed concurrently with the Master of Science in Oral Biology.

Required courses include the following.

  • Advanced Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Clinical Anatomy of the Head and Neck
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Molecular Oral and Craniofacial Biology
  • Research Methodology and Study Design

Learn more about the Orthodontics and Oral Biology MS programs

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Careers

Dentists who have completed the Orthodontics graduate program are prepared for advanced careers as

  • academic professors,
  • orthodontists, and
  • oral and craniofacial researchers.

Career Development

Through the Office of Student Affairs, students pursuing careers in dentistry can get counseling and support during their tenure at Kornberg and after they graduate. The office regularly hosts career events and guest speakers covering a wide range of topics including

  • corporate and private practice careers,
  • debt management,
  • general practice residencies,
  • military service, and
  • specialty education.

Once enrolled in the Orthodontics Certificate (Graduate) program, you will receive regular notifications about career opportunities. Additionally, the Career & Business bulletin board is updated regularly with the latest opportunities for dental professionals across the U.S.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Certificate in Dentistry offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

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