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2016-2017 Augusta University Graduate and Professional Catalog 
2016-2017 Augusta University Graduate and Professional Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Orthodontics

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About the Program

The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics provides a comprehensive course of study in clinical and didactic orthodontics. In addition, a publishable paper on an approved orthodontic subject must be completed. Successful completion of the curriculum fulfills all the educational requirements for eligibility for the examination by the American Board of Orthodontics.

The College of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree which may be taken in conjunction with the certificate curriculum. This joint program gives the student more extensive experience in research and basic science education and requires and in-depth original research project leading to a defended thesis. Tuition is charged on a per credit hour bases for the graduate courses taken. The applicant must be accepted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of Oral Biology.  Application to the graduate program is made after acceptance to the certificate program.

A Ph.D. in Oral Biology may also be pursued concurrently with specialty training.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Dental College of Georgia website for specific admissions information:

We only accept candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Program Fees, Stipends, and Benefits

Tuition: There is no tuition associated with the certificate program in orthodontics. If the resident is enrolled in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, he/she must pay tuition for courses taken through the College of Graduate Studies.  Total Estimated Cost for books and supplies for the entire program: $500.00.  Room and board: Not applicable.  Median Debt: $30,534.00

Stipends: The residents in orthodontics share a small amount of stipend funds provided by the university. The stipend support ranges from $480.00 to $2,550.00 depending on the year in the program. Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living. This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.

Equipment: All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.

Benefits: The Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Orthodontic residents are eligible to participate in the Student Healthcare program.

Leave: Residents are entitled to employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave, and 5 days of professional leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 Days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the Dental College of Georgia Leave Policy for Dental Residents.

The Facilities

The orthodontic residents treat patients in a newly renovated 20-chair clinic housed in the Dental College of Georgia and devoted exclusively to providing orthodontic patient care. Immediately adjacent to the clinic are laboratories, a seminar room, and shared office space for residents

Department Information

Program Director: Eladio DeLeon, Jr., DMD, MS

Department Phone: 706-721-8942

Accreditation: The Advanced Education program in Orthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been granted the accreditation status of approved. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is

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Orthodontics Residency Program

ONET Code: 29-1023.00 Orthodontists

CIP Code: 60.0105

OPEID: 01579

CIP Program Description: A residency training program that prepares dentists in the principles and techniques involved in the prevention and correction of dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies.

The Curriculum

Total Program Hours: 252

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