The Orthodontic Department has as its objective the education of excellent, ethical, compassionate, and versatile practitioners in the art and science of orthodontics. In addition, the program will provide a basis for graduates to pursue an academic career if they so desire.

Type of Program

The Post-doctoral program extends over a period of 30 months and leads to a certificate in Orthodontics. Those applicants wishing to pursue a Master’s Degree will be admitted to the Graduate School, where in addition to completing the didactic courses offered, the student will be required to complete a thesis based on original research. On successful completion of 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.

General Description of Program

While there may be some advantages to applicants having at least one year of postdoctoral education following graduation from dental school, this does not preclude the acceptance of individuals who have graduated from dental school during the year for which they apply for admission. The program, while designed to train specialist orthodontists, places emphasis on the basic sciences and other didactic courses. It is designed to meet the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education for Advanced Education Programs on Orthodontics and to satisfy the American Board of Orthodontics requirements. The course extends over thirty months and combines laboratory and clinical work with didactic courses. Successful completion of the course leads to a specialty certificate. Non-US trained Dentists are eligible to apply for the International Orthodontic Certificate Program.


As part of a national effort to make the application process less time consuming for the applicant, the Orthodontic program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), (i.e., the central application service sponsored by the American Dental Education Association). Interested applicants can apply through PASS or directly through the dental school.  Application materials can be obtained through the PASS web site or by writing to:

Suite 600
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Telephone: (202) 332-8795

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide to the UAB School of Dentistry Postgraduate Office the necessary paper work for the application.

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For more information contact:

Director, Postgraduate Dental Admissions SDB Room 125
1530 3rd. Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0007
Telephone: (205) 934-5357
E-mail Postdoctoral Dental Admissions