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 36 month 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).


The admissions process for residents into the International Orthodontic Program are as follows:

1. 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.
2. 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).
3. 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.
4. International applicants must have passed the NBDE part 1 exam before acceptance into the international residency program.
5. In addition, each applicant must successfully complete a mini-residency of 2 months
     a. During this time mini-residents undertake the part of the resident boot camp procedures to ensure competency equivalent to those of a US dental school graduate. This comprises the following:
         • Study of the textbook, Introduction to Orthodontics,
         • A 43 question test (41 MCQ and 2 written) based on the textbook is administered,
         • Wire-bending skills taught and tested,
         • Diagnostics (pouring study models, taking pictures, lab work, etc.) conducted and skills assessed,
         • Communication skills
    b. Mini-residents attend faculty lectures during which time faculty can get to know them.
    c. Each mini-resident is assigned to a resident mentor who will give valuable feedback back to the    department.
6. Applications to be the International Program must be made by September 1.
7. Candidates for the International Program will need to attend an interview of the Department Admissions Committee. These interviews are conducted on the 2nd week of October.
8. Final selections of the International residents are made by a Department Admissions Committee.
9. Successfully applicants will be informed of the selection decision in January of the year of the program. All programs will begin on 1st of July in the same year.

Length of Program

The International Certificate Program extends over a period of three (3) 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.