Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics
What to expect
How to apply
If you're already an AHPRA registered dental graduate, here's a unique JCU course that gives you the opportunity to enhance your academic knowledge, clinical and technical skills. Choosing to study this JCU Graduate Diploma offers you the significant benefits to gain postgraduate skills under a blended learning environment well suited to the busy clinician.
The purpose of the Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics is to train and educate AHPRA registered dental graduates who want to enhance their orthodontic academic, clinical and technical skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully identify, treat and care for patients requiring orthodontic treatment.
Continue your busy dental practice while you study. This two-year part-time JCU course is offered from JCU's state-of-the-art Cairns Dental School, with extensive use of blended and online learning delivery methods. You'll have the opportunity to treat patients from initial record taking, diagnosis, treatment planning, bonding of fixed appliances and issue of retainers. These finished cases will be supervised and assessed by a national and international faculty.
The Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics requires compulsory face-to-face (at Cairns campus) and online attendance (via LearnJCU) on prescribed dates:
- One-week face-to-face intensive clinical workshop (at the beginning of the course)
- Six-weekly clinical sessions (Cairns campus) throughout the course (2 years).
- Six-weekly online seminars/tutorials (via LearnJCU) throughout the course (2 years).
- One -week face-to-face final exams/ finished cases (Cairns campus) at the end of the course.
Your Graduate Diploma qualification will equip you to serve the orthodontic treatment needs of a large cohort of patients who present with dental issues to which orthodontic treatment is the only solution.
This orthodontics course provides you with skills and knowledge that enable you to undertake clinical diagnosis and treatment for patients who require orthodontic treatment. When you graduate, you'll be able to offer an enhanced scope of care in a field of dentistry that is experiencing significant demand.
JCU graduates have acquired enhanced skills and knowledge to enable them to:
- Apply the scientific basis of orthodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to growth and development; diagnosis; treatment planning; and, clinical management of malocclusions.
- Properly diagnose orthodontic dental malocclusions and skeletal discrepancies.
- Formulate a competent treatment plan following consideration of the underlying aetiological factors and addressing the patient’s chief complaint.
- Implement biomechanical methods to treat orthodontic cases.
- Provide orthodontic treatment based on evidence-based dentistry.
- Critically analyse orthodontic literature and apply it clinically.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Applicants must also complete and upload the following forms and documentary evidence with their application:
- Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics Essay Form
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academic Transcripts
- Degree Testamur
- Current AHPRA registration
- 2 x written referee reports (desirable)
Applications close on 24 March each year.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics
GDN – Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of an undergraduate degree in dentistry at this or another University more than two years previously.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3b – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA as dental practitioners. Interview (by invitation)
This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.
You will find your course requirements here:
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points
Additional course rules
Compulsory attendance and participation at all prescribed clinical workshops
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics, graduates will be able to:
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DS6601:06 Fundamentals of Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
DS6602:06 Clinical Orthodontics
DS6603:06 Reflective Orthodontic Practice
DS6604:06 Advanced Clinical Orthodontics
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Attendance at Cairns-based clinical workshops is mandatory for course completion.
Expected time to complete
2 years part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Clinical sessions: This course includes prescribed clinical sessions. These workshops are a compulsory/mandatory component of the course.
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ORTHODONTICS
Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
The fee below is for a full time study load. This course is only available part-time - the fee charged will be adjusted accordingly.
Annual Tuition Fee: $50,512 (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.