Residency Program in Orthodontics


The graduate program in orthodontics prepares competent individuals to practice orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The programs' objectives are to provide students with an in-depth education in biological and biomechanical principles related to orthodontics; to teach students to diagnose, plan, and deliver comprehensive orthodontic health care service; and to develop students' research and service skills.
Opportunities are available for research and independent study in the department, and there are special facilities for research in biomechanics and craniofacial growth. Interaction with other departments provides learning and research opportunities in surgical orthodontics, cleft lip and palate treatment, speech pathology, animal experimentation, and human growth.



Master of Science and Certificate

The Master of Science program in orthodontics requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. Students must satisfactorily complete a thesis based on an original research project to qualify for an M.S. in addition to the Certificate in Orthodontics.

Satisfactory completion of 24 months (July – June) of intensive study, including lecture courses, seminars, clinical practicum, and a research paper, qualifies students to receive the Certificate in Orthodontics.



A majority of the thesis research projects have a clinical application.  Alumni and supporters of the Department have recently established the Dr. George Andreasen Memorial Fund in honor of Dr. Andreasen, former faculty member and department head who spearheaded the application of Nitinol wire in the specialty of orthodontics.  This substantial fund provides support for orthodontic resident research projects.  The University of Iowa is a Big Ten university and offers research facilities in all areas of endeavor.

The majority of Iowa thesis research projects result in publications in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The residents are first authors on these publications.



ORDN:5200 Control Theory and Craniofacial Morphogenetic Systems. 1 s.h.
General system theory, control theory, cybernetics, systems analysis; role of applied human biologist; human biology as a science.

ORDN:5201 Orthodontic Theory: Diagnosis and Treatment Plan. 2 s.h.
Diagnosis, treatment planning implementation.

ORDN:5202 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. 2 s.h.
Literature concerning orthodontic diagnosis; treatment of particular problems; case histories of patients treated in graduate clinic.

ORDN:5203 Advanced Orthodontic Technique. arr.
Skills for treatment of disfiguring malocclusions; use of edgewise biomechanical therapy; laboratory focus on typodont exercises.

ORDN:5204 Biomechanics. arr.

ORDN:5205 Facial Growth. 1-2 s.h.
Theories, processes; use of accepted facial growth concepts in treatment of individuals with malocclusions during active growth period.

ORDN:5207 Case Analysis. arr.
Literature on diagnosis, treatment of mixed dentition patients; case histories of patients treated by serial extraction procedure.

ORDN:5209 Orthodontic Practicum. arr.
Clinical practice.

ORDN:5210 Orthodontic Seminar. arr.
Evaluation, discussion, criticism, defense of diagnostic and treatment approaches to orthodontic cases that need, are undergoing, or have completed orthodontic treatment.

ORDN:6211 Problems: Orthodontics. arr.

ORDN:6212 Research Orthodontics. arr.

ORDN:6215 Orthodontic Journal Club. arr.
Current biological, technical publications.

ORDN:6216 Practice Management. arr.
Business management of orthodontic practice; solo practice, associateship, partnership, practice corporation.

ORDN:5217 Cephalometrics. arr.
Use of skull X ray (lateral and/or postero anterior) in formulating orthodontic diagnosis, treatment plans for malocclusions; cephalometrics as a tool for craniofacial structure research.

ORDN:5220 Craniofacial Anatomy. arr.
Literature on anatomy, phylogeny, ontogenesis, physiology of craniofacial structures.

ORDN:5221 Surgical Orthodontic Seminar. 1 s.h.
Evaluation, discussion, criticism, defense of diagnostic and treatment approaches to orthodontic cases that need, are undergoing, or have completed surgical orthodontic treatment.

ORDN:#222 Case Discussion. arr.

ORDN:#229 Basic Ortho for Pedo. arr.

ORDN:#270 Orthodontic Clinic II. arr.

ORDN:#300 Orthodontic Certificate Program. 0 s.h.
Clinical and didactic education toward eligibility for board certification in orthodontics.

ORDN:5400 Dental Treatment of Maxillofacial Deformities.

University of Iowa General Catalog - Orthodontics