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Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in conjunction with a Master of Science - Oral Biology

The UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics offers a 30 or 36-month combined Master’s Degree and Certificate residency program. The class size is four residents per year and will begin in late June or early July of each year. The program is designed to offer a broad spectrum of didactic, clinical, research, and teaching experience in the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The emphasis of the program is to prepare the graduate for successful completion of all examinations and case presentations required for board certification and to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

The program trains the resident to have a broad knowledge and understanding of growth and development, diagnosis and treatment planning, biomechanics, craniofacial anomalies, interdisciplinary dentistry, surgical orthodontics, research methodology, classic and current review of the literature, and teaching experiences. Patient care is conducted in a state of the art orthodontic clinic and technology is available for complete electronic patient records, as well as the latest in radiographic and diagnostic digital imaging. Patients are screened and accepted for treatment based on the level of treatment difficulty, educational benefit and needs of the orthodontic residents. These treatment cases represent a cross-section of the cases encountered in private practice to ensure the residents preparedness to practice orthodontics in a diverse population.

Learning Objectives

Please contact the School of Dental Medicine for more information.

Career Possibilities


6-digit ED CIP for Orthodontics program: 51.0508
CIP Program description: Orthodontics Program Tuition & Fees: $43,963 per semester
Cost of Attendance: $114,041 annually
Supplies & Equipment: $5,000 paid fall semester(s)
Time Completion Rate: 30 months
On-time Graduation Rate: 100%
Median Loan Debt for Orthodontics:

  • 2006-2007: $18,500
  • 2007-2008: $47,250
  • 2008-2009: $46,070
  • 2009-2010: $0
  • 2010-2011: $0