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Program Descriptions

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The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is a 24 month clinically intensive course of study given through the School of Orthodontics at Jacksonville University.  Successful completion of the program leads to a Certificate  in Orthodontics. 

JU has taken an innovative approach regarding the future of orthodontic education, undertaking to train future orthodontic educators.  In each entering class, there are limited opportunities for students to participate in one of two dual degree programs.  The first is a jointly sponsored program with the School of Education.  Each year offers 1 available position in this 3 year program that will provide the successful candidate with both a Certificate and a Masters in Educational Leadership.  In addition, JU also offers a second jointly sponsored program with the Davis College of Business.  There are multiple opportunities for those enrolled in the 2 year orthodontic certificate program to also matriculate with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership through the Davis College of Business.  Students interested in either program are urged to visit the web site of each School to familiarize themselves with the requirements, admission policies and procedures, as well as the tuition and fees associated with each program.   Candidates interested in applying to the Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics’ 3-year combined program with the School of Education are required to visit the Jacksonville University Admissions web site and create a log-in in order to access the School of Education Leadership and Learning application.  Candidates are not required to submit GRE scores.    

The orthodontic program begins with orientation in July and course work and clinic starting in mid August of each year.  During the first year our goal is for each student to initiate comprehensive orthodontic treatment for at least seventy patients after completion of their pre-clinical training course.

Students are introduced to a variety of treatment philosophies, with an emphasis on preadjusted edgewise appliances and related techniques. Supervising clinical faculty espouse various diagnostic and mechanotherapeutic philosophies in daily diagnosis and treatment planning seminars.  In addition, numerous contemporary techniques are demonstrated and utilized in the school's state-of-the-art orthodontic clinical facility.

Requirements for the successful completion of the Certificate program are acceptable performances on comprehensive didactic and clinical examinations, and the submission of a research paper on an approved topic. Requirements for the combined certificate/M.Ed program are successful completion of the required curriculum for the School of Education.  JU has tailored a combined program to develop orthodontic educators providing the candidate with necessary skills to enhance one's opportunity to achieve full-time positions in orthodontic education.

Currently, the faculty in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at Jacksonville University consists of 8 full time and 3 half time clinical orthodontic educators.