The majority of postgraduate orthodontist programs are designed as 2-year programs, with an optional year of study available to part-time students. However, there are a few 3-year programs; prospective students should ensure a program's timeline fits with their academic and career goals.
10 Schools with Orthodontic Programs
These schools offer programs for aspiring orthodontists:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Offered||Tuition (2016-17)*|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$74,974|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$24,342 in-state, $41,493 out-of-state|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$72,000 (first year)|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$71,520 (first year)|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago, IL||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$33,887 (2015-16)|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$28,073|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$48,226|
|Tufts University||Medford, MA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$130,718 (total program tuition and fees)|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$58,050|
|Rutgers University||New Brunswick, NJ||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$45,000|
Source: *School websites
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School Selection Criteria
Consider these important aspects when selecting an orthodontic program:
- Get more information about curriculum offerings, which can include classroom instruction, research and hands-on practice.
- Find out whether the school works in conjunction with an orthodontic practice where students can complete on-site internships, or if the school has an on-site facility.
- Learn whether students are required to teach undergraduate or graduate level classes.
- Look at the faculty roster, noting the number of part-time and full-time professors and whether they are practicing orthodontists.
Orthodontic Program Overview
Postgraduate orthodontic programs prepare students for a specialized dentistry career. Besides their cosmetic work with braces and retainers, they also treat patients with jaw disorders, cleft palates and other dental irregularities. Programs train students in all areas of orthodontics, including the business aspects of establishing and running a private practice. Upon completion of an orthodontic degree program, graduates must pass the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) exam in order to obtain licensure in the United States.
At a dental school where students can take coursework and get practical training in orthodontics, aspiring orthodontists can get the necessary education to prepare for licensure and practice in the field.