The UCLan Orthodontic Therapy Programme is a one-year course designed to train Dental Care Professionals as Orthodontic Therapists. The course develops the student’s underlying knowledge of basic dental sciences and then develops the application of this knowledge to the treatment of orthodontic patients in the clinical environment.
On successful completion of coursework and examination elements, the student will then undertake the Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy final examinations offered by the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in order to gain GDC registered status as an Orthodontic Therapist.
School of Dentistry
No Partner College
July each year
Suitable candidates will be selected after interview with the Course Leader. The Clinical Mentors (Trainers) will be required to meet Course Representatives to discuss their responsibilities and mentoring expectations unless they have acted as Clinical Mentor previously.
As part of the selection process your Clinical Mentor will be expected to complete a self-assessment workplace questionnaire, which may be followed-up by a workplace inspection to ensure that the training facilities within the Specialist Practice or equivalent are appropriate for clinical training.
The next course starts on 27th June 2016 and interviews will be held on 1st February 2016.
Please see the 'How to Apply' section of this page for detailed information on the application process.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
The UCLan Orthodontic Therapy Programme is a one-year course designed to train Dental Care Professionals as Orthodontic Therapists. The introduction of the Dental Care Professional Register in 2006 now permits Dental Care Professionals to train as Orthodontic Therapists and treat orthodontic patients in the UK, under the supervision of an Orthodontist.
The General Dental Council has stated that individuals can register and work as orthodontic therapists following completion of an approved course and by successfully obtaining a Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy. The UCLan Orthodontic Therapy Programme has been approved by the General Dental Council as an appropriate course for the training of Orthodontic Therapists.
Basic sciences relevant to the principles and clinical application of Orthodontic Therapy will be studied. The student will then be expected to gain and enhance their clinical skills in the insertion, placement, fitment, and removal of fixed, removable and headgear orthodontic appliances.
Content and Course Format
The 1-year course comprises the following:
The course comprises 3 modules delivered over 45 weeks:
ZZ1021 Foundation Clinical Knowledge of Orthodontic Therapy (40 Credits)
ZZ1022 Clinical Practice of Orthodontic Therapy (60 Credits)
ZZ1023 Communication, Professionalism, Leadership and Management in Orthodontic Therapy (20 Credits)
The course involves teaching from a variety of Consultants and Specialist Orthodontists. This will be delivered using a mixture of seminars and lectures which will cover the theoretical aspects of the Orthodontic Therapy curriculum. In addition, clinical training (typodont exercises) will take place at UCLan’s clinical suite which include phantom head and clinical teaching rooms.
Students will attend formal lectures, seminars, group discussions/tutorials, demonstrations and practical sessions in the Phantom Head Laboratory. In Clinical Practice, students will receive one-to-one tuition from the Clinical Mentor.
Knowledge and understanding will be assessed by short written examinations. Clinical competency will be assessed by mini clinical evaluation exercises under lab conditions, by direct observation of procedural skills, and by a progressive logbook of clinical activity.
Hemant qualified as a dentist in 1991 from the University of Liverpool. After a period of vocational training in general dental practice and various hospital posts he commenced specialist training at the University of Manchester. He obtained his certificate of specialist training and the membership in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In February 2009 he was made a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow.
Hemant is registered as a Specialist Orthodontist with the General Dental Council. He is a member of the Specialist Practitioner Group of the British Orthodontic Society, and a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists.
Hemant is a member of the following associations:
This Course involves working within your existing Orthodontic Practice as a Student Orthodontic therapist under the specialist supervision of an Orthodontist on the GDC Specialist Register. Completion of the programme will allow you to progress and be employed as a GDC Registered Orthodontic Therapist.
"Studying orthodontic therapy at the University of Central Lancashire, has been enjoyable, rewarding, and very beneficial. Learning from experienced clinicians and being able to use the top of the range equipment has given me a great opportunity to further my knowledge as well as my career. I would strongly recommend this course."
For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
The next course starts on 27th June 2016 and there are 16 places available.
The closing date for applications is 02 May 2016. However we will accept applications after this date up to 6th June 2016 if all places are still available
Please download and complete the following forms:
Application guidance notes (.pdf 160KB)
Once completed, please return them as soon as possible to:
University of Central Lancashire
Tel: 01772 892444
Short Form of Course:
Institution Code Name: CLANC
Institution Code: C30
Campus Site: U
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom