24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Orthodontics program at Virginia Commonwealth University teaches the latest in clinical care in an environment modeled after private orthodontic practice.


Program Description

The curriculum is composed of seminars and small-group instruction with emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Contemporary concepts of orthodontic treatment are reviewed for substantive and scientific content. Also included are regularly scheduled orthognathic surgery conferences and seminars with other dental and medical specialists.

The Orthodontics program at Virginia Commonwealth University is designed to develop skilled practitioners who are prepared to grow with the future and manage busy orthodontic practices. Our goal is not only to familiarize future orthodontists with contemporary techniques but also to teach them how to interpret cutting-edge scientific information and use it to approach clinical challenges logically and practically.

The program's clinical experience consists of a wide variety of orthodontic patients, including complex cases requiring orthognathic surgery and patients with facial clefts and other craniofacial abnormalities. An original research experience is an integral part of our program with each project intended to produce results suitable for publication in a nationally circulated orthodontic journal. The successful completion of a research project is required. All senior residents present their research at the Virginia Association of Orthodontists' meeting. The program makes students educationally qualified to take the written portion of the American Board of Orthodontics in the senior year. Residents are required to pass the written portion of the American Board of Orthodontics examination prior to graduation, and are encouraged to continue and complete the board certification process. This exam is given prior to the American Association of Orthodontists' meeting.

Students completing the program earn a specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dentistry degree. Students must complete the requirements for the master’s degree prior to being awarded the specialty certificate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference
  • Biomechanics: Theoretical Basis for Tooth Movement
  • Growth and Development
  • Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Analysis of Orthodontic Treatment
  • Orthognathic Conference

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


92 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Agreement to participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program
  • Agreement to participate in the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service
  • Graduation or anticipated graduation from dental school
  • Eligibility to obtain a Virginia temporary resident’s license from the Virginia Board of Dentistry
  • Completion of National Boards Part I and anticipated completion of Part II or completion of the Integrated National Board
  • Completion of GRE
  • Completion of TOEFL or IELTS
  • Application to the orthodontic graduate program through the ADEA PASS program
  • Application cover page
  • Application fee of $50
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended after dental school, if any
  • National Board scores: Have an original score report sent directly to the Department of Orthodontics from the National Board office

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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    25956 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

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