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, postdoctoral 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 Health Sciences 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 Health Sciences.

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

Adding the Oral Health Sciences MS

Students in the Graduate Program in Orthodontics can apply for the Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences in consultation with their program director. In this 30-credit postgraduate master’s program, students apply modern biological principles and research techniques that aid in diagnosing, treating and preventing oral and craniofacial diseases and anomalies.

Through the interdisciplinary curriculum, students study the structure, development and function of oral tissues; their interrelationships; and their connections to other organ systems. Research areas include advanced general dentistry, clinical fields, and periodontal and craniofacial regeneration.

The program’s Clinical Specialty Track is specifically tailored for postgraduate students currently enrolled in an advanced training certificate in the Kornberg School of Dentistry. Coursework in students' postgraduate certificate programs count toward the required 30 credits for the Oral Health Sciences MS degree.

Learn more about the Oral Health Sciences MS.

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 courses in the Orthodontics Specialty Certificate program

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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. 

Learn more about the tuition rates for the 2020–2021 academic year.


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