Non-US trained Dentists are eligible to apply for the International Orthodontic Certificate

Program Overview

The intent of this program is to provide an intensive 33 ½ year program of study to foreign-trained orthodontists who desire to enhance their knowledge in the field. The educational content of this program is identical to the one offered to US-trained Dentists. Enrollment to the graduate program leading to a Master of Science Degree, however, is mandatory for those applicants accepted to the International program.


The program will include lectures, seminars, patient care and research. Emphasis will be placed on providing a strong foundation in the areas of clinical, theoretical and research aspects of orthodontics. (See list of courses in previous section-Didactic courses, seminars and assignments).


Applicants must possess a DMD/DDS or equivalent and have successfully completed an accredited dental program in a country other than the United States or Canada. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required. Furthermore, candidates will be required to provide documentation of having passed TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Applicants must comply with all UAB international student requirements including, but not limited to, an affidavit from their financial sponsor; bank statement from sponsor’s financial institution, and applicable visa. Students are required to carry health insurance, furnish proof of health insurance and present certification of vaccination for, or immunity to, Hepatitis B. Students are not eligible for financial aid. Two applicants will be notified of acceptance in the program by January of each year.

Length of Program

The International Certificate Program extends over a period of three (33 ½) years and leads to a Certificate in Orthodontics. In addition, the student is required to complete a 30 credit hour master’s degree in Clinical Dentistry through the Graduate School, of which, 12 hours will be transferred to the Graduate School from the School of Dentistry. In addition to completing didactic courses, students admitted to the Graduate School are required to complete a thesis based on original research. On successful completion of the requirements of the program and defense of a thesis, the candidate will be awarded a Master's Degree in Clinical Dentistry as well as a Certificate in Orthodontics.

Tuition & Fees

For this certificate (non-degree) program, there will be tuition/program fee of $60,000 per year. In addition, students will be charged applicable Graduate School tuition and fees. Graduate school tuition and all program fees are subject to change annually. The Dental School certificate tuition/program fee is subject to change for incoming students only and is fixed for the duration of the program once admitted. The Department of Orthodontics will provide a scholarship not to exceed $5,000 per year to support tuition/fees.

Each student will be required to purchase a laptop computer that can be encrypted to secure confidential student and patient information, instruments, camera, books, an articulator, and other supplies as specified by the department. The total costs of these items could amount to approximately $15,000.

Upon notification of acceptance a deposit of $35,000 must be remitted by Cashier's Check. This is not refundable under any circumstances but is applied against the tuition charges at the time of matriculation.

This program must be completed in a 3 year period of time. Students needing additional time to complete the program will be required to register, pay all applicable SOD certificate program and/or Graduate School tuition and all applicable fees.


Students will pay tuition and fees sufficient to offset actual cost.