The UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics offers a 34-month combined Master’s Degree and Certificate residency program. The class size is six residents per year and begins during July. 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.

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  • 6-digit ED CIP for Orthodontics program: 51.0508
  • CIP Program description: Orthodontics Program Tuition & Fees: $43,963 per semester
  • Tuition: 1st and 2nd year - $79,000; 3rd year $42,000
  • Supplies & Equipment: $5,000 per year ($15,000 total)
  • Time Completion Rate: 34 months
  • On-time Graduation Rate: 100%


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Master of Science - Oral Biology


School of Dental Medicine

As the only accredited dental school in Nevada, the School of Dental medicine provides world-class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents. With eight academic degree and advanced education certificate programs, students obtain the necessary skills to provide oral healthcare services to the community and make significant impacts to the field.