Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

Why study Orthodontics at JCU?

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

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.


Course Structure


DS6601:06 Fundamentals of Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

DS6602:06 Clinical Orthodontics

DS6603:06 Reflective Orthodontics Practice

DS6604:06 Advanced Clinical Orthodontics

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.


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


Students must provide evidence that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella and Pertussis. Students enrolled in Dental Courses are required to undergo testing for Blood-Borne Viruses (BBVs) including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency virus before, or on entry to the Course. Professional experience placement is a requirement of this course and students may be engaged in roles where there is contact that would allow transmission of a VPD or BBV.

Students are required to comply with the above requirement prior to commencing their first Professional Experience Placement or by the end of the first teaching period of their studies, otherwise their enrolment will be terminated.

Computer and internet access is required due to online/external course delivery

Closing date

01 June

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.

Course Structure


DS6601:06 Fundamentals of Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

DS6602:06 Clinical Orthodontics

DS6603:06 Reflective Orthodontics Practice

DS6604:06 Advanced Clinical Orthodontics


CairnsAttendance at Cairns-based clinical workshops is mandatory for course completion.


Expected time to complete

2 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical sessions: This course includes prescribed clinical sessions. These workshops are a compulsory/mandatory component of the course.

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

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.