The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Misspelled WordDentofacial Orthopedics offers a 24-month certificate program through the School of Orthodontics. The program combines didactic, clinical, and research components, leading to a Certificate in Orthodontics. Students must be prepared to undertake an intensive, continuous, full-time course of study in addition to heavy supervised clinical training in various contemporary orthodontic techniques. In addition there are limited opportunities for selected students to either be simultaneously enrolled in the Executive MBA program or Master of Science in Organizational Leadership offered through the Davis College of Business or a Master of Education in Educational Leadership offered through the College of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies.  

The Advanced Specialty Program in Orthodontics' classes begin in August of each year with an Orientation period July. By the end of the first year it is expected that each student will have initiated comprehensive orthodontic treatment for at least seventy patients after completion of a pre-clinical training course. 
 
Students are introduced to a variety of treatment philosophies, with an emphasis on pre-adjusted appliances and related techniques. Supervising clinical Faculty present their philosophies in daily diagnosis and treatment planning seminars. A variety of clinical techniques are demonstrated and utilized in the school’s state-of-the-art orthodontic clinical facility.
 

 

Academic requirements for the 24-month Orthodontic Certificate program are as follows: 
  • Compliance with the program's policies and protocols as described in the Student's Handbook.
  • Successful completion of the mandatory coursework, designated assignments and final examinations.
  • Validation of clinical competencies through delivering evidence-based patient care for assigned patients under Faculty supervision.
  • Taking the Written Examination of Misspelled Wordthe American Board of Orthodontics (2nd Year - Spring Semester).
  • Completion of the research component of theMisspelled Word program with successful submission of a final Thesis manuscript.
  • Completion of 61 credit hours.
 
Orthodontics and Master of Education in Educational Leadership or Master of Science in Organizational Leadership oMisspelled Wordffer a 36-month Orthodontic certificate plus a Master of Education in Educational Leadership or Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. One student is accepted in the dual enrollment program. Classes begin in August for the Orthodontics and classes for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership or Master of Science in Organizational Leadership begin August of the second year in Orthodontics.
 
Academic requirements for the 36-month dual enrollment Orthodontic Certificate and Master of Education in Educational Leadership program as follows: 
  • Refer to above requirement with completion of 24 additional hours in the 3rd year.
  • Successful completion ofMisspelled Word the Master of Education in Educational Leadership or Master of Science in Organizational Leadership*

 

 

*Please refer to Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

 

Fellowship in Clinical Orthodontic Research 

Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics offers a full time one (1) year Fellowship in Clinical Orthodontic Research. The Fellowship is geared towards broadening and enhancing a Fellow’s background thus helping to prepare them for matriculation into an ADA accredited residency program in orthodontics upon successful completion of the program. Fellows participate in a diverse didactic and clinical orthodontic experience. Course work includes but is not limited to orthodontic record-taking, record-keeping, data basing, orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, and exposure to various clinical orthodontic theoretical, diagnostic, and therapeutic treatment philosophies and regimens. Fellows not only shadow current JU orthodontic residents in the clinic and assist them in a variety of chair-side experiences; they will be  expected to treat approximately 30-35 of their own patients. The research component requires the Fellows to participate in collecting clinical research data, assist in preparing and expanding our clinical research database, and helping to develop teaching modules for orthodontic continuing education. Throughout the Fellowship, participants will gain experience with orthodontic practice management software, orthodontic diagnostic and case presentation software, imaging software, cone-beam computed tomography, digital photography and radiography, as well as exposure to a variety of orthodontic appliances and techniques including using soft tissue lasers and temporary anchorage devices in orthodontic practice. 

Academic requirements for the 1 Year Fellowship in Clinical Orthodontic Research  are as follows:

  • Compliance with the program's policies and protocols as described in the Student's Handbook.
  • Successful completion of the mandatory coursework, designated assignments and final examinations.
  • Validation of clinical competencies through delivering evidence-based patient care for assigned patients under Faculty supervision.
  • Completion of the research component of the program with successful submission of a final thesis manuscript.
  • Completion of 17 credit hours.