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Hudson Regional Hospital - CTOR Academy / Orthodontics

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Program Director  Jeanne M. Nervina 

        CTOR Academy 

        79 Hudson Street 

        Suite 201 

        Hoboken, New Jersey  07030 

        Phone (Work): 551-900-6202 


        State Program located in: New Jersey 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: September 15

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  36 months

        Program Number: ORTHO974

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Community

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: CTOR Academy offers a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. For details, please visit our website at

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 6

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  No

      Program Description ↑ 

      The CTOR Academy Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics integrates a strong didactic, laboratory and clinical curriculum, and research experience that provide our graduates with the foundational skills needed to excel not only in private practice, but also to pursue other non-traditional careers in academia, industry, or leadership.



      The CTOR Academy Curriculum covers all of the biomedical, clinical and research topics students will need to be successful in their careers. 

      The program starts with a Summer Orientation. In the first 2 months, students acquire the basic clinical skills to collect and analyze patient records (photos, radiographs and intraoral scans) and develop a prioritized problem list, diagnosis and treatment plan. They also perform typodont exercises to master banding, bonding, wire bending, and appliance fabrication. Didactics during this period introduce students to the specialty through lectures, literature review, and group discussions and presentations.

      Students then start seeing patients in the Fall semester. The mornings are devoted to didactic and laboratory courses, including biomechanics, biomedical sciences, and advanced clinical sciences. Students see patients in the afternoons, 4 days a week, where they will be exposed to and treat a wide spectrum of malocclusions from minor dental misalignment to severe skeletal deformities. The students’ clinic schedule expands in the Spring semester, when they begin seeing patients in the mornings and afternoons.

      In the second and third year of the program, students are exposed to advanced mechanotherapy, advanced growth and development concepts, bone and cartilage biology, TMJ, Airway Health, and Craniofacial Anomalies. In the clinics, students are exposed to more severe malocclusions, interdisciplinary cases, and complex craniofacial anomalies.

      Throughout the program students are given one day per week for Independent Study, which allows them to work on assignments, research projects, presentations and prepare their cases for graduation. Faculty are available on this day, should a student need faculty guidance on a particular subject. 



      Using the medical school model, patients are assigned to specific CTOR Academy Attending Faculty. Students will work in teams of three (Y3 + Y2 + Y1) and will rotate among the Attending Faculty, which provides students with exposure to varying treatment approaches. Students will be responsible for taking and analyzing records from which they will develop a prioritized problem list, diagnosis, and treatment plan. All stages of patient treatment are provided by students under the supervision of the Attending Faculty.



      Students will be assigned to a full-time faculty member who will oversee the student’s research project. The type of research project (basic science, clinical science or translational) will be determined based the faculty member’s research program and the student’s previous research experience and interest. With a culture of innovation, CTOR Academy encourages students to pursue advanced graduate education to enable them to design and develop new approaches to Orthodontics and Craniofacial Biology treatments. We are affiliated with Stevens Institute of Technology ( to offer students who wish to pursue an MS or PhD Degree in combination with their Orthodontics Certificate. We offer two Combined Orthodontics Certificate/Graduate Degree programs:

      • Orthodontics Certificate + MS in Bioengineering – 3-years 
      • Orthodontics Certificate + PhD in Biomedical Engineering or Biomedical Sciences – 5-years

      Students interested in either of these Combined programs must apply to, and be accepted into, both CTOR Academy and Stevens Institute of Technology.



      To successfully complete the CTOR Academy Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, the student must:

      • Pass all classes
      • Pass Part II of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Examination
      • Pass all comprehensive examinations (given each Fall and Spring semester)
      • Finish 30 clinical cases
      • Present 6 finished cases in the ABO Case Report format


      For more information on CTOR Academy, visit our website (

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: No

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): Yes

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: No

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: No

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: No

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: Yes

        Must contact program for additional requirements: Yes

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: Yes

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: Yes

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 100.00

        International Applicants: 100.00

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        Submit the CTOR Academy Supplemental Application and $100 application fee (check made payable to “CTOR Academy”). The application and fee must be sent to:

              CTOR Academy

              Office of Student Affairs

              79 Hudson Street, Suite 201

              Hoboken, NJ 07030

        Additional Information

        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

        We will interview on three Fridays in October: October 14, October 21, October 28. If an applicant is invited for an interview, we will ask them to specify which date they prefer for their interview.

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Yes

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: Yes

        Can be a permanent resident?: Yes

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes

        Will accept Canadian citizens: No

        Must have a limited permit: No

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: No

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: May be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident

        Additional Information: 

        We will accept H4 visa-holders with proof of sponsorship.

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): No

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: No

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: Yes

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: Yes

        Additional Information: