Department of Orthodontics

The program in Orthodontics is a two year program beginning in July of each year. The program is designed to meet the requirements of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association, the American Board of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists.

The curriculum is designed to present the theory and practice of orthodontic treatment encompassing the major systems of mechanotherapy. Basic and related sciences fundamental to orthodontics are stressed and presented on a postdoctoral level. The emphasis in this program is placed on the total educational experience for the resident rather than an emphasis on technical training. Hospital orientation and training in cleft palate rehabilitation are included.

Admission Requirements - an applicant:

  1. Must be a graduate of an accredited dental school;
  2. Must have passed Part I and Part II of the National Dental Boards;
  3. Must possess at least a 3.0 average in dental school;
  4. Must demonstrate proficiency in the English language and mastery of concepts of procedures, which are basic to the practice of dentistry, if the applicant possesses a foreign dental degree.
  5. A 2x2 photo is required, if not available through the PASS application, then it should be sent to:

    Kathy L. Marshall, DDS
    Program Director
    Department of Orthodontics
    Howard University College of Dentistry
    600 "W" Street, NW, Suite 208
    Washington, DC 20059


To complete an online application, contact PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) at  Deadline for completion of the PASS application is September 15, 2015 for the class beginning in July 2016.

This postdoctoral program also participates in the National Matching Service and all positions are offered through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants are required to register for the match. More information can be obtained by contacting:

National Matching Services Inc.
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2C2
416 977-3431 (telephone)
416 977-5020 (fax)

If you have questions, please email the interim program director Dr. Kathy Marshall at: