The Division of Orthodontics offers two full-time academic programs:
Combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program (36 months)
- Combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program
- Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program
The combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program is oriented toward
preparing the student for substantial involvement in a career in
research and teaching. While this academic program emphasizes
in-depth research, it includes strong clinical experience. This
program leads to a certificate in orthodontics plus an M.Dent.Sc.
Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program (approximately 60 months)
The combined Ph.D./Certificate Program is also oriented toward
preparing the student for a career in research and teaching.
There is an emphasis on in-depth research while still including
strong clinical experience. This program leads to a certificate
in orthodontics plus a Ph.D. degree. The length of time for this
program is subject to each individual’s research progress.
Applicants to the Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program must
currently be a matriculated Ph.D. student at the UConn Health
Center in good standing. In addition, they must have the written
permission of their Ph.D. advisor and committee.
The curriculum is “problem oriented” and is developed around
a spectrum of courses. Each course consists of a sequence of
problems and an organizational format appropriate for their
solution. Each course is a result of the interaction of
personnel and expertise from clinical and basic science areas.
The clinical portion of these programs include courses such
as Growth and Development, Biomechanics I and II, Biology of
Tooth Movement, Biostatistics, Functional Oral Anatomy,
Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Multidisciplinary Care, Functional
Appliances, Developmental Biology, Connective Tissue Biology,
Biomaterials, Craniofacial Anomalies, Cephalometrics, Basic
Edgewise, Orthodontic Appliances, Practice Management, TMJ
Dysfunction, Functional Considerations, Surgical Orthodontics,
There are unique opportunities for the students to direct
their interests into such diverse specialty areas as bone
biology, growth and development, clinical orthodontics,
orthognathic surgery, biomechanics, biology of tooth movement,
muscle physiology, speech, and behavioral science. The Division
has a number of well-equipped research laboratories devoted to
biomechanics and cell biology as well as access to others in the
School of Engineering, the Institute of Material Science, the
Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, and
the Center for Biomaterials in the Division of Prosthodontics.
All applications will be processed through the Postdoctoral
Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Association
of Dental Schools. Information and an application can be
obtained by contacting:
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-2212
ATTENTION: The UConn Health Center Division of
Orthodontics residency program is NOT participating in the MATCH
process for the 2014 residency class.
1. An application must be submitted to PASS by September 16
to be considered for the following academic year.
2. A supplemental application must be submitted to the
following address by September 16 to be considered for the
following academic year:
Division of Orthodontics
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, MC1725
Farmington, CT 06030-1725
Please include the following items in your supplemental
application form (PDF).
2. An application fee of $75 made payable to the University
of Connecticut Health Center.
3. A Curriculum Vitae (CV).
4. 2” x 2” photo.
5. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.
6. Official transcript from the National Dental Board
Examination sent directly from the National Boards to the
Program Director’s address above. (The School of Dental
Medicine Dean reports
board scores to PASS. In addition, the National Dental Board
must send exam score results directly to the Program Director’s
7. Official TOEFL score for foreign trained dentists.
Use TOEFL destination code 3931.
8. Optional: GRE examination results. While the GRE’s
are optional, it is highly recommend that the exam be taken and
scores reported. Use GRE code 3931.
The application deadline is September 16 of the year
preceding July 1 matriculation. The PASS and supplemental
application must be completed by this date.
Applicants for the July 1, 2014
Matriculation Date: Interviews will be held on October 3 and
October 4, 2013. You will be contacted by telephone and email
with an invitation, if selected.