Graduate Orthodontics

The Graduate Orthodontic Program is a thirty-month, graduate level curriculum, upon the successful completion of which, the student receives a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics and a certificate to practice orthodontics. The program was established in 1981 to meet the needs of education, patient care, and research in the field of orthodontics, and today, prepares qualified dentists to manage the full range of dentofacial discrepancies that fall within the responsibility of the orthodontist. Students will learn a variety of treatment methods under the supervision of experienced and outstanding faculty and will complete a master's thesis. The program starts July 1st and finishes December 31st.

The program is housed on the fourth floor of the college and in clinic and each graduate student is assigned an exclusive clinic chair that he or she works at. Adjacent to the clinic is the graduate student offices, each shared by two students.

Program Structure

The entire program is a minimum of 70 credit hours of clinical and didactic courses. Each week of the curriculum includes approximately three and a half days of patient treatment in the clinic. Each resident will start approximately 50 new cases from patients who are carefully selected from a large pool of patients seeking orthodontic treatment in the department. This way, each resident has the opportunity to treat a variety of orthodontic problems and cover a wide range of treatment methods. 

The remaining one and a half days are dedicated to didactic instruction, seminars and research. Here is an expanded list of required program courses.

Course Curriculum

In addition to the program curriculum, residents are encouraged to attend continuing education courses. Prominent researchers and lecturers from the U.S., and other countries are periodically invited to Oklahoma City to give lectures or courses covering pertinent orthodontic and other related topics. Residents are also allowed to attend a variety of off-site courses that offer valuable instruction. 

The residents attend the annual Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP), The Damon Forum, an Invisalign certification course, Wired for Success, The Bottom Line, 3M Summit, Alexander Discipline Course, American Association of Orthodontics AAO, and Southwestern Society of Orthodontists meetings. During their second year, residents also attend the Charles Tweed Foundation's wire-bending course in Tucson, AZ.

For an overview of the Graduate Orthodontic Program, please click here.

Tuition

Because the orthodontics specialty program is a masters degree granting program, tuition is charged at the rates for the OUHSC Graduate School rather than the dental school tuition rates. Graduate school rates per credit hour are lower than that of the OU Dental School. The most current fees and tuition rates per semester hour can be obtained from Financial Services.

International Students pay the same tuition as a non-resident student. As for fees, the only difference is the International Student Maintenance fee of $50 per term.

Contact

Orthodontic Student Program Coordinator
Tel: (405) 271-4271
Fax: (405) 271-1178
Email: gradorthoadmissions@ouhsc.edu