Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

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.

Start dates
2 years part-time
Part time available
Study mode
Undergraduate degree in dentistry completed more than 2 years before application

Career opportunities

This JCU Graduate Diploma 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.

Course highlights

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.

As 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 be able to continue your busy dental practice while you study. 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:

1. One-week face-to-face intensive clinical workshop (at the beginning of the course)

2. Six-weekly clinical sessions (Cairns campus) throughout the course (2 years).

3. Six-weekly online seminars/tutorials (via LearnJCU) throughout the course (2 years).

4. One -week face-to-face final exams/ finished cases (Cairns campus) at the end of the course.

Dates TBA on the subject outline.

Course overview

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.

Upon completion, general dental practitioners will have acquired enhanced skills and knowledge to enable them to:

  1. 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.
  2. Properly diagnose orthodontic dental malocclusions and skeletal discrepancies.
  3. Formulate a competent treatment plan following consideration of the underlying aetiological factors and addressing the patient’s chief complaint.
  4. Implement biomechanical methods to treat orthodontic cases.
  5. Provide orthodontic treatment based on evidence-based dentistry.
  6. Critically analyse orthodontic literature and apply it clinically.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Applications close on 24 March each year


Course Structure


DS6601:06 Fundamentals of Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

DS6602:06 Clinical Orthodontics

DS6603:06 Reflective Orthodontic Practice

DS6604:06 Advanced Clinical Orthodontics

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook


Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

Course code


Course type

GDN – Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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 3bSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection

Applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA as dental practitioners. Interview (by invitation)

Post admission

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:

Closing date

24 March

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

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:

  • 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.

What is Orthodontics?

For further information regarding the Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics, please email us directly.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.