General Course Information

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  • It is strongly recommended that you follow the sequential course order of the orthodontic program. The Educational Committee of SWOS and The CENTER for Occlusal Studies has planned this educational program through many hours of research and evaluation of past student performances. The orthodontic program is designed to minimize your away-from-the-office time while maximizing your educational experience.
  • The individual goals and course objectives of each course is outlined in that particular course description. To view a detailed hourly agenda just click the course name in the schedule section. We will also email, fax, or mail you an agenda - just call Larry at 800.369.0312.
  • All courses unless otherwise noted are to be held at the modern educational and clinical facilities of The CENTER for Occlusal Studies in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
  • During most sessions there will be extensive use of hands-on laboratory-type projects including the construction and repair of appliances or typodont exercises. While most materials will be provided, a complete list of supplies and/or instruments is sent upon registration.
  • SWOS and The CENTER for Occlusal Studies incorporate the innovative teaching methods of Dr. Gerber and feature NFO teaching centers in our courses. These concepts stress active participation and represent one of the most efficient instructional techniques.
  • Our instructors will make every effort to review your cases when time allows during each session. You should bring complete records for each case.
  • All of our instructors use LCD PowerPoint for classroom presentations, videos, radiographs and scan evaluations that show even the smallest details in classroom presentations. You will learn the exact step-by-step techniques to ensure success. Participants will receive detailed handouts including many of the PowerPoint slides shown in presentations.
  • Many of the instructional videos used in the course of instruction are now available for purchase and most of the software demonstrated is also available.
  • Several programs require pre-requisites. Please refer to the specific course listing for details. It is strongly suggested, and in most cases required, that participants follow the individual tracks in order.
  • All full-day, in-office programs at The CENTER will include lunch and refreshments.
  • The SWOS Study Group is open to all course participants and membership in it has many benefits. Complete information is available in the Study Group section.
  • Refund and cancellation policy – Cancellations are to be made in writing.  All paid meeting registrations will be refunded 100% until 14 days prior to course. An assessment fee of $250.00 will be taken for cancellations less than 14 days.