The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics offers a 60-month combined doctorate degree and certificate residency program. The class size is two residents per year and begins in 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 this program is the development of researchers that will further the scientific advancement in scholarly research, foster innovation and creativity, and support investigations that will further the understanding of clinical practice in oral health.

Students accepted into the Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics program will also be enrolled to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in oral biology. This is a combined program within the dental school. The doctoral degree is not open for enrollment independent of the certificate program.

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All applications to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics will be processed through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

Minimum requirements for applicants to be considered for our graduate program are as follows: Applicant must be in good moral and academic standing, proficient in the English language, currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school and have successfully completed National Boards Part I or the INBDE examination and must have a bachelor’s from an accredited institution in the U.S., or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university.

Application Deadline

August 15

In addition to being accepted to the UNLV Graduate College, prospective students must meet the following criteria.

  • Must have passed Parts I and II National Dental Board Examination or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE).
  • Must have earned a DMD/DDS degree from a program in the US or Canada that is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university.
  • Must be eligible for a Nevada state dental license and receive a full or limited dental license from the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners prior to engaging in any clinical activity.
  • Application through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) including specified letters of recommendations.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements. Do not apply to the Graduate College if you have not been selected for acceptance into the program.

The American Dental Association provided a link to Dental Boards that contains specific information about licensure in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.