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Train as an Orthodontic Therapist on our unique modular and GDC-approved training programme.

This programme is designed for qualified Orthodontic Nurses and Dental Care Professionals who wish to develop their clinical and academic skills and train as an Orthodontic Therapist.

Combining a range of first class clinical facilities and advanced educational strategies, you will benefit from a challenging, stimulating and fun learning environment.

Course directors are specialist orthodontic practitioners who have over six years of experience working with orthodontic therapists in their own practices.



Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for qualified Orthodontic Nurses and Dental Care Professionals who wish to develop their clinical and academic skills and train as an Orthodontic Therapist

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical principles and their application to the practice of orthodontics
  • Have knowledge and understanding of those aspects of the biomedical sciences, oral physiology and craniofacial, oral and dental anatomy that are significant in the management of patients
  • Develop the clinical skills required in orthodontic treatment
  • Understand the principles of record keeping, including clinical, photographic and radiographic examination
  • Be able to apply critical appraisal techniques to published literature
  • Be competent at the correct selection and manipulation of dental biomaterials used by the orthodontic therapist
  • Have the ability to apply anatomical and physiological principles to the field of orthodontics

In addition to the acquisition of clinical orthodontics skills, students will gain the ability to:

  • Recognise and use Orthodontic systems
  • Understand and follow a prescribed treatment plan
  • Satisfy medico-legal requirements
  • Apply functional anatomy and physiology to clinical situations

Course content:

Become a highly trained and motivated orthodontic therapist. Our course structure has been carefully thought out based on the lecturers' experience in education of the orthodontic team

The University limits each annual intake to 10 students, so that individual needs can be addressed.

Core Programme (60 CATS in total) Clinical Practice (40 CATS) Final Examination(20 CATS)
Biomedical Sciences and Oral Biology (MD924) 12 CATS Clinical Practice in Orthodontic Therapy (MD929) Clinical Case Presentations
The Principles of Orthodontic Therapy (MD925) 12 CATS    
Removable Orthodontic Appliances (MD926) 12 CATS    
Fixed Orthodontic Appliances (MD927) 12 CATS    
Interdisciplinary Orthodontic Care (MD928) 12 CATS    
Postgraduate Induction and Your Professional Development (NT901) 5 CATS    


The course follows a modular format and is divided into five overlapping modules, with regular modular assessments.

The initial 20 days core course is spread over an 8 week period: the first week is spent at the teaching centre, followed by a week in your own orthodontic training practice/centre. Alternate weeks are then spent at the teaching centre and your workplace, allowing you to assimilate information and to progressively develop your practical skills.

12 additional teaching days at The Leamington Spa Orthodontic Centre will be spread out, approximately 1 per 3 weeks, over the following 30 weeks. Time has been allocated in this part of the course to cover subjects the students feel they require additional support with, and to undertake “mock assessments” prior to the final examination.

Students will also undertake work place training in an approved orthodontic practice or hospital orthodontic practice. Specialist orthodontists or hospital consultants will act as the trainers.

You will work as a trainee Orthodontic Therapist under the close supervision of the local workplace trainer. After the successful completion of the course, including satisfactory workplace reports and completion of end-of-term assessments and clinical portfolios, you can apply to sit for the Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy examination of The University of Warwick.

Orthodontic practices and departments that participate in the Orthodontic Therapy course will need to show that their environment is of a suitable quality to provide appropriate care for patients.

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible to join the course, you need to:

  1. Be registered as a Dental Care Professional with the General Dental Council
  2. Have appropriate professional indemnity insurance

You must have the support of a suitably qualified specialist orthodontist trainer before applying for the course. If the trainer is not also your employer, a separate letter of support from the employer will be required, stating that the employer agrees to make suitable arrangements to allow the applicant to complete the work-based elements of the course and will co-operate in the audit of clinical facilities.

To be accepted by the University, the trainer needs to:

  1. Be registered with the General Dental Council as a Specialist in Orthodontics
  2. Have appropriate professional indemnity insurance
  3. Attend a training event provided by the University to prepare them for the trainer role

References: You are required to identify two referees who can comment on your academic and professional suitability for the course. The prospective trainer can be one of the referees.

If your first language is not English, you must have completed an English language test in advance. We require:

  • IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in the reading and writing components)
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer based), or 92 (internet based iBT)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 55

If you have scored below this, you may be offered pre-sessional English language training at the University.

Teaching Methods:

Combining a range of first class clinical facilities and advanced educational strategies, you will benefit from a challenging, stimulating and fun learning environment.

Course directors are specialist orthodontic practitioners who have over six years of experience working with orthodontic therapists in their own practices.

Lecturers and tutors include specialist orthodontists, trainers and orthodontic therapists to provide a high quality and balanced educational experience.

You will learn how to provide safe and effective treatment, both in our state of the art facilities within the University’s approved training centre, The Leamington Spa Orthodontic Centre, and in your own practice.

Assessments:

Biomedical Sciences and Oral Biology  
A 90 min written paper consisting of 60 MCQs and EMQs. Pass mark 50%
A 10 min. resuscitation procedure on a manikin
Continuous competency assessments (see logbook)
Pass mark 100%
The Principles of Orthodontic Therapy  
A 30 min. written paper consisting of 20 MCQs and EMQs Pass mark 50%
A one hour practical assessment consisting of 10 Objective Structured Clinical Exercises (OSCEs)
Continuous competency assessments
Pass mark 50%
Removable Orthodontic Appliances  
A 30 min. written paper consisting of 20 MCQs and EMQs: Pass mark 50%
A one hour practical assessment consisting of 10 Objective Structured Clinical Exercises (OSCEs)
Continuous competency assessments
Pass mark 50%
Fixed Orthodontic Appliances  
A 30 min. written paper consisting of 20 MCQs and EMQs Pass mark 50%
A one hour practical assessment consisting of 10 Objective Structured Clinical Exercises (OSCEs)
Continuous competency assessments
Pass mark 50%
Interdisciplinary Orthodontic Care  
A 90 min written paper consisting of 60 MCQs and EMQs: Pass mark 50%
Continuous competency assessments  
Clinical Practice in Orthodontic Therapy  
Clinical Skills Portfolio Pass mark 50%
Clinical Case Presentations  
Final Examination  
Candidates must achieve a pass in all sections.  

FAQs

Is the course GDC approved like other Orthodontic Therapist courses?

Yes. Full approval has been granted following satisfactory GDC inspection of the programme

Will the qualification be registerable?

Yes. Following full approval from the GDC following satisfactory inspection of the course programme


Who can be a trainer?

Anyone registered as an orthodontic specialist with the GDC


Where will my training be carried out?

The taught course is undertaken at the University's approved orthodontic training centre. The Leamington Spa Orthodontic Centre. You will carry out your clinical practice in your own workplace practice or department, which will be quality assured by the University.


Who are the teachers?

The course lecturers are specialist orthodontists and qualified orthodontic therapists who have had considerable experience in education of all members of the orthodontic team and are very sympathetic to the needs of the trainee orthodontic therapist.


Will I be able to stay nearby if I live too far away to travel each day?

There is a variety of affordable accomodation within walking distance of the training centre


What are the facilities like?

The teaching centre is equipped with the very latest audio-visual technology and the clinical skills laboratory that was purposefully installed for the therapist course


What does the course fee cover?

Full tuition for the course and fees for the final examination are also included in the course fee


Key Facts

Contact:

Bhupinder Kaur

Tel: 024 76150674

Course title: Orthodontic Therapy

Qualifications: Diploma

Duration: 1 year

Study mode: Part-time

Course Directors: Dr Richard Cure and Dr Liz Hopkins


Course flyer (PDF Document)

Application form (Word Document)

Trainers approval form (Word Document)


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