The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry has offered fully accredited advanced education programs in orthodontics since 1951. The program leads to a certificate of specialization in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. This certificate satisfies the requirements of the American Board of Orthodontics for eligibility to complete Phase I and take the phase II written examination to become board eligible toward the ultimate goal of becoming a Diplomate.

The program leading to attainment of a certificate of specialization in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics commences each year in July and is a minimum of 30 months in length. The didactic and clinical curricula are designed to allow an individual to develop skills required of the practicing orthodontist. Students must concurrently enroll in, and complete, the master of science degree program which is explained later in this brochure under the heading "Additional Programs in Graduate Education." ADA CODA approval granted as of February 1, 2008.

Students accepted for postgraduate training in orthodontics must have a professional dental degree from an A.D.A.-accredited college or school or from a non-U.S./Canadian students dental college or school (see non-U.S./Canadian degree students). Provisional acceptance may be offered to candidates in the final stages of dental education.

Applications to postgraduate orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics for a program leading to a certificate of specialization should be sent to PASS, on or before September 1 of the year before desired entry. Admissions to pursue postgraduate study in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics are limited. At the present time, three students are accepted each year. Preference is given to those who have adequate preparation and aptitude. Applications for the program are considered on the basis of the following factors:

Individuals selected from the applicant pool for consideration for admission are invited for a personal interview, which is an additional basis for selection of students.

Applicants from countries where English is not the native language are required to score a minimum of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be eligible to apply for admission. Non-U.S. applicants must submit a financial data sheet.


  1. Online application through PASS - see details below
  2. Submit supplemental application and $50 application fee.  Instructions to submit online will be sent to you by email after you have submitted your application to PASS.
  3. Interviews of selected candidates
  4. Matching of candidates and programs through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (see details below)

The postgraduate orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics program participates in the PASS program. The Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) is a central application service. With PASS, applicants complete one standard application, which is then distributed to each of the participating programs to which the applicant wishes to apply. PASS deals with the initial stages of the recruitment process, prior to the evaluation of applicants by the programs.

PASS has been designed by and is administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). You may access PASS via the ADEA website.

The postgraduate orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics program also participates in the "Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program." You may access this program online or in writing at:

National Matching Services
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone: (416) 977-3431
Fax: (416) 977-5020 Phone: (716) 282-4013
Fax: (716) 282-0611

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry policy requires that all entering students in programs requiring patient contact must be vaccinated or exhibit active immunity to tetanus, measles, mumps, diphtheria, chicken pox, polio, rubella and hepatitis B and have had a TB skin test within the last six months, unless the student has a previous positive test/medical contraindication. Each entering student must verify at the time of matriculation that he or she has completed the accepted routine of vaccinations. An immunization record is required in order for the student to be registered. Anyone born after 1957 is required to have two measles shots to assure immunity, with the second one given after 1980.

Program of Study - Postgraduate Certificate Program

Other Program Requirements
In addition to the program of study required by the Postgraduate Education Committee, the following are expected to be satisfactorily completed during the training program and prior to the granting of the Certificate of Specialization in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Each student is required to be certified and maintain certification in basic CPR. A copy of the valid certification in basic CPR must be maintained at the College of Dentistry.

Professional Presentations
During the Spring Semester of the first year, each student will be required to present at the annual session of the American Association of Orthodontists (A.A.O.). During the Spring Semester of the second year, each student will be required to present at the annual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum, at the College of Dentistry's annual Student Scientific Program and at the A.A.O. annual session. In the second year, students will be encouraged to present at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. In the Fall Semester of the third year each student will be required to present at a designated meeting of the Lincoln Orthodontic Society.

Emergencies and Pain Control
The College of Dentistry has determined that a course in Emergencies and Pain Control and participation on the CODE BLUE team and the After Hours Emergency Care Program are parts of the academic program for all postgraduate students who are eligible for licensure in Nebraska and who accept GME funding. The course will be scheduled during the first year as a required course for all new postgraduate students.

An objective standardized clinical examination (OSCE) will be given to students annually in order to help monitor their progress and identify strengths and deficiencies. A departmental clinical comprehensive examination will be given to all third-year residents during the Fall Semester. Details of the examination procedure will be available at least six weeks prior to the scheduled time and will follow a format similar to that of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Participation in undergraduate teaching is a required activity for second year postgraduate students. A regular or temporary Nebraska Dental License is mandatory for postgraduate students who are eligible for licensure in Nebraska.(see clause under the heading "Nebraska Licensure"). Teaching experience under the supervision of faculty will be available to students who graduated from Non-U.S./Canadian dental schools and are not eligible for licensure in Nebraska.

Research Project
A research project is required. The project is part of the requirement for an advanced academic degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) and the complete M.S. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation must be received and approved by the Graduate College before the Certificate of Specialization will be awarded.

Off-Site Education
Clinical experiences for students include a periodic rotation to participate with the Boys Town National Research Hospital Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team where students will evaluate and plan treatment for children with craniofacial birth defects.



Postgrad Student with a U.S./ Canadian Dental Degree or a Nebraska resident

Postgrad Student with a Foreign Degree and not a Nebraska resident

Fall Semester Fees

$2,806/Fall term
(July 1-December 31)

$8,913/Fall term
(July 1-December 31)

Spring Semester Fees

(January 1-June 30)

$8,913/Spring term
(January 1-June 30)

Equipment Fees per year

$2,050/year ($1,025 due Fall/Spring semester)


Orthodontic Course Fee per year

$2,500/year ($1,250 due Fall/Spring semester)


Background Check Fee

$30 (due first Fall semester only)

$30 (due first Fall semester only)


Residents are expected to provide their own Canon EOS Rebel XSI (12mp) camera equipped for intra-oral high-quality photos (Mini Macro Ring and Point Flash) by the beginning of clinic during fall of the first year in the program.

GME funding allocations by UNMC must be established before resident stipends for the year can be established. Once known, they will be posted on the web-site and communicated to all residents.

During the 2019-2020 year, residents will be assigned a 1.0 FTE status which makes them eligible for a flexible benefit package which includes choices among health, life and disability insurance. Future income is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds and, therefore, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

Tuition Scholarships
Currently, GME-eligible postgraduate students are considered full-time employees of the University and, as such, are eligible for employee tuition scholarships for graduate credit hours. This permits the GME-eligible student to enroll for up to 15 credit hours per year. No more than 6 credit hours may be taken in each of the fall and spring semesters, and three credit hours may be taken in the summer. Established postgraduate fees for the postgraduate program will continue.

Student Loans and Loan Deferment
Currently, Postgraduate students are considered students of the College of Dentistry for financial aid purposes. Postgraduate students may get financial aid information from the UNMC Financial Aid Office and student loan payments for postgraduate students can be deferred.

Vacation/Sick Leave
Postgraduate students who accept stipends shall have ten (10) scheduled working days of paid leave per year. Leave includes vacation and sick leave. Leave in excess of ten (10) days per year must be taken as Leave Without Pay from the College or as Family Leave. Students who do not have stipends shall have ten (10) scheduled working days of leave per year for vacation and/or sick leave with provision for Family Leave as per University policies. Leave requests must be submitted as per the policies of the program and the College. Students have additional vacation days that do not count toward the 10-day limit when the University is closed (e.g., the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, but not including spring break or spring/summer semester break).

Private Practice
Private practice of dentistry is not permitted under any circumstances at any time while a postgraduate student is in this postgraduate program unless there has been specific approval from the Program Director and the Director of Postgraduate and Graduate Dental Education.

Non-U.S./Canadian Degree Students
Foreign-trained dentists (Non U.S./Canadian dental degree) may apply for the postgraduate program. The following financial stipulations normally apply for foreign-trained dentists who are accepted and enrolled in the postgraduate program.


The University of Nebraska has professional liability insurance covering all students within the College of Dentistry. Current coverage is $1,000,000 per person, per occurrence, with a $100,000 deductible. The University provides self insurance for the $100,000 deductible through the University's general and professional liability insurance program.


Postgraduate students who are eligible for licensure in Nebraska and who accept GME funding are expected to obtain a Nebraska Dental License (temporary or regular) and federal and state DEA licenses before October 15 of the year of the commencement of their program so that they can participate in the After Hours Emergency Care Program. The postgraduate student must document efforts to obtain licensure to the Postgraduate Admissions Office by July 15. Failure to obtain Nebraska Dental License and federal and state DEA licenses by October 15 may result in a reduction of duties and reduction or elimination of stipend.

It is possible for a student who has graduated from an A.D.A.-accredited (American or Canadian) dental school to obtain a temporary Nebraska dental license during the time he or she is enrolled as a full time postgraduate student. The temporary license is only for practice-related activities within the College of Dentistry and does not allow extramural private practice. After acceptance into the postgraduate program, licensure information may be obtained from the State of Nebraska Department of Health, Bureau of Examining Boards, P.0. Box 95007, Lincoln, NE 68509 5007. Telephone: (402) 471 2115. For a regular license, the State Board accepts the results of the clinical examination given by the Central Regional Dental Testing Service. The State Board also has provisions for licensure by credentials for individuals licensed in other states.


As employees of the University, GME-eligible postgraduate students are considered to be residents of the State of Nebraska. Ordinarily students who are not GME-eligible may be considered not residents of the State of Nebraska.


Master's Program
A requirement for the attainment of a certificate of specialization in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is the completion of the requirements for a master of science (or Ph.D.) degree.

The program leading to a M.S. degree is awarded by the Graduate College through the College of Dentistry in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) graduate program.

The program consists of expanded course-work, the conduct of an approved research project, the submission of a formal thesis and of a publishable article to a refereed journal. The program usually requires a minimum of 30 months to complete.

The M.S. degree program is administrated by the Graduate College and is not administratively related to the certificate program; there is no clinical component, and extra course work may be required depending on the student's area of study. However, the certificate of specialization program completion is contingent on completion of a M.S. (or Ph.D.) degree program. It is important to make a formal application to the Graduate College as soon as possible after acceptance into the postgraduate program is confirmed (See Application Process). Extra time may be needed to meet the requirements of the M.S. degree.

Ph.D. Program
A program may be designed that combines a Certificate and a Ph.D. through the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area in one of the participating departments, such as Oral Biology. Extra time will be needed to meet the requirements of the Ph.D. degree. This program is structured for an individual planning on a full time career in academics and research.


Prospective students begin by sending an application to PASS. After matching and acceptance by the student into the postgraduate certificate program, an application to the Graduate College for the M.S. or Ph.D. program must be completed by the student to take the graduate degree program concurrently. Applicants are required to seek a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) so they must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and the MSIA Program. The UNMC Graduate Studies Bulletin is available at the graduate studies website. It is no longer accessible in paper form.


In accordance with University policy, UNMC prohibits the denial of admission or of Medical Center privileges to students or applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religious or political beliefs. These privileges include but are not limited to admission, class assignments, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid, as well as housing and recreational facilities. Furthermore, student organizations must base their selection of students for membership in criteria which will not include race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Admittance to UNMC programs will not be denied to otherwise qualified disabled individuals solely by reason of their disability. Qualified disabled persons are those who meet the academic and technical standards for each program. These nonacademic skills are essential to successful program completion. In summary, UNMC policies are in accord with:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Sections 799A and 854 of the Public Health Services Act
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The objective of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to recruit and retain persons of high moral and ethical character. In accordance with this objective, the University of Nebraska Medical Center reserves the right to review a candidate's suitability for admission.

This is a general information publication. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students or a complete description of the postgraduate program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The provisions of this view-book do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the College of Dentistry, or the University of Nebraska system. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry reserves the right to add, change, or withdraw courses at any time, to change tuition or fees, stipends, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduate procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Stipend support is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine.

Further information may be obtained from:

Postgraduate Dental Programs
Contact: Josh Russo
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740
(402) 472-4919

S. Prem Premaraj, BDS, MS, PhD, FRCD(C)
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Vice-Chair of Department of Growth and Development
Henry and Ann Cech Professor of Orthodontics
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740
(402) 472-4970

David H. Shaw, Ph.D.
Chair of Oral Biology Department
Director of Oral Biology MSIA Program
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740
(402) 472-1379

Graduate Studies
UNMC 987810
Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-7810
(402) 559-6531

Office of Financial Aid
UNMC 984265
Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-4265
(402) 559-4199

Nebraska Board of Dental Examiners
301 Centennial Mall
P.O. Box 95007
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2115

Central Regional Dental Testing Service
3715 W. 29th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66614
(913) 273-0380