The ATSU-ASDOH advanced education program in orthodontics is a 30-month plan of study leading to a certificate in orthodontics. Through biological and clinical sciences education, the program is designed to prepare students to treat a wide range of orthodontic problems, including cranio-facial anomalies like cleft-lip and cleft palate as well as orthognathic/orthodontic problems.
The program accepts five students per year. It is clinic-based with approximately 60 percent of students’ time devoted to clinical treatment, 20 percent to didactic instruction, and the remainder to research and teaching. Patient care begins within students’ first weeks and culminates with comprehensive case examinations at the end of the final year. The broad clinical experience is complemented by didactic studies in basic clinical sciences that meet or exceed the requirements of the American Dental Association.
Students will also take classes to complete a doctorate in health education through ATSU’s School of Health Management. This program is embedded within the Orthodontic program with online classes concurrent with orthodontic education. Research for the doctorate will be completed in the orthodontic clinic.