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Graduate Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics


The following learning outcomes have been developed and adopted by the faculty. These goals, skills and knowledge every graduate must demonstrate to qualify for graduation. The Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics require these outcomes be assessed in the classroom, the laboratory, and through treatment of clinical cases over the 30-month program. Their competencies are assessed through examinations, presentations of papers, and clinical treatment comprehensive examinations.

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to learning, professionalism, societal responsibility, and contributing to generalizable knowledge through research
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to the addressing the concerns of patients and the delivery of quality care.
  3. Demonstrate the level of proficiency expected of an orthodontic specialist in the areas of diagnosis, treatment planning, and analysis of treatment outcomes.

Residents enrolled in the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Advanced Education Program must complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete a 30 month program of clinical training, didactic course work, and undergraduate teaching.
  2. Complete a hypothesis driven research project and produce a manuscript for submission to a scientific journal accessible through PUBMED®.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA for 39 credit hours of core curriculum (see below).
  4. Meet Student Learning Outcomes of the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics section of the UMKC School of Dentistry.
  5. Take the Phase II examination of the American Board of Orthodontics during the second year of residency.

Required Core Curriculum:
Course #   Credit Hours
BIO-SCI 5706 Growth and Development I 1
BIO-SCI 5707 Growth and Development II 1
ORTHOD 5726 Cephalometrics I 2
ORTHOD 5727 Cephalometrics II 2
ORTHOD 5704 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics I 1
ORTHOD 5705 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics II 1
ORTHOD 5706 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics III 1
ORTHOD 5707 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics IV 1
ORTHOD 5708 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics V 2
ORTHOD 5709 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics VI 1
ORTHOD 5710 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics VII 2
ORTHOD 5711 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics VIII 2
BIO-SCI 5739 Dental Biomaterials for the Dental Specialist 1
BIO-SCI 5740 Pathology 2
BIO-SCI 5760 Physiology of Oral Hard Tissues 2
BIO-SCI 5704 TMD: Evaluation and Management 2
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RES-ME 5700 Introduction to Research Mthodology 2
RES-ME 5704 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
BIO-SCI 5751 Elements of the Scientific Method 1
BIO-SCI 5752 Research Methods in Oral Biology 2
BIO-SCI 5799 Research and Thesis 6
RES-ME 5703 Thesis Writing 1
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