Ostrow School of Dentistry

Advanced Programs in Dental Education

The Ostrow School of Dentistry offers advanced dental education programs in general dentistry, endodontics, general practice residency, operative dentistry, orofacial pain and oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics, all leading to a certificate. The Ostrow School of Dentistry in conjunction with the Graduate School also offers combined programs in operative dentistry and craniofacial biology, in orthodontics and craniofacial biology, in pediatric dentistry and craniofacial biology, and in periodontology and craniofacial biology leading to a Master of Science degree and a certificate. In conjunction with the Keck School of Medicine, the Ostrow School of Dentistry offers a combined program leading to an M.D. degree and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The Ostrow School of Dentistry also offers an online master’s degree in orofacial pain and oral medicine. In addition to clinical seminars and clinical experience, students take basic science courses with advanced students from other departments.

The certificate curriculum consists of a core of basic science subjects plus clinical seminars and clinical experience. Elective subjects may also be selected by the student with the approval of the program director.

The estimated lengths of programs are as follows:

Endodontics, 24 months
General Dentistry, 12 months
General Practice Residency, 12 months
Operative Dentistry, 24 or 36 months
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 48 months
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/M.D., 72 months
Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, 24 months
Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine (online), 36 months
Orthodontics, 36 months
Pediatric Dentistry, 24 or 36 months
Periodontology, 36 months
Prosthodontics, 36 months

All programs will begin on July 1.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold the Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree and must present the appropriate degrees, approved transcripts and affidavits as prescribed by the Office of Dental Admissions and Student Affairs.

Admission Procedures

Prospective students should apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) at adea.org/dental_education_pathways/pass/Pages/default.aspx. Prospective students to the integrated M.D. degree/oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate program should apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). For selection and admission to the periodontics/CBY, orthodontics/CBY, and pediatrics/CBY dentistry programs, applicants are required to take the Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examinations; a score of 1000 or above is desired for pediatric dentistry. For selection and admission for orthodontics and periodontics/CBY, a combined score (verbal and quantitative) of 1100 or better is required. The last acceptable test is in September of the year preceding desired admission. For further information regarding the GRE, applicants may contact a university in their area or write to: USC Center for Testing and Assessment, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0052, or visit the GRE Website at gre.org.

The following material is also required to complete the application: (1) a PASS application and a $85 processing fee (graduates of foreign dental schools or students requiring a visa must submit a $145 processing fee). Applications and information for the PASS application are available at PASS, Suite 600, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-2212, or online at adea.org/dental_education_pathways/pass/Pages/default.aspx; (2) applicants for General Dentistry, General Practice Residency, Orthodontic, Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Surgery programs must submit applicant agreement forms to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Information and forms can be obtained online at natmatch.com/dentres; (3) a 2" x 2" passport style photograph of the applicant; (4) one official copy of the applicant’s dental school transcript with degree notation. Foreign transcripts and degree notations must be submitted with a certified English translation; (5) three letters of recommendation: (a) one from the program director or chairman of the specific graduate department applied to, or someone who is currently a pedodontist, orthodontist, etc.; (b) one from a full-time faculty member in the basic sciences; (c) a general character reference from applicant’s superior in service, or an individual by whom he or she was employed; (6) board scores Part I and Part II for all programs with the exception of the operative dentistry certificate and operative dentistry/CBY programs; MCATs are required for the Integrated M.D. degree/oral maxillofacial surgery certificate program. GRE scores are required for operative dentistry/CBY, orthodontics, periodontics/CBY and pediatric/CBY programs. International students are required to take GREs for the two-year certificate program. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the program director; (7) a biographical statement; (8) applicants may be asked to be available for an interview. If one is necessary, applicants will be contacted by the director of the individual advanced program; (9) applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable $1,500 tuition deposit upon notification of acceptance. (10) As a precondition to enrollment, accepted students must provide evidence of sound health and meet the school’s health requirements.

Timetable for Applications

Applications for admission to advanced programs must be received as follows:

Endodontics, Sept. 1
Periodontology, Sept. 1
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oct. 1
Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, Oct. 1
Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine (online), Oct. 1
Orthodontics, Oct. 1
General Dentistry, Oct. 15
General Practice Residency, Oct. 15
Operative Dentistry, Nov. 1
Pediatric Dentistry, Nov. 1
Prosthodontics, Nov. 1

Completed applications and related information are reviewed first by the faculty of the department of interest. In selecting applicants for admission the faculty considers academic records and personal qualifications. Final approval for admission rests with the advanced education coordinating committee. Responsibility for advising the student after admission rests with the department chair.

Orientation

A departmental orientation session is usually held the first week of classes, beginning in late June. Incoming students are acquainted with the Ostrow School of Dentistry, its policies, procedures, faculty and facilities.

Student Issue – Advanced Programs

Dental units in the school’s clinics are equipped with Midwest Company type tubing and couplers for low and high speed air hand pieces. Advanced students must provide their own adapters to fit the school’s couplers unless the students’ present hand pieces are already so modified. The Dental Bookstore will assist in such conversions, if necessary. The bookstore has some low speed air hand pieces available for purchase.

Students accepted into an advanced program should consult their program directors about needed equipment.

Advanced Endodontics

The advanced endodontics certificate program is a 24-month course of study. This program provides students with the background information and clinical experience necessary for a specialist in the practice of endodontics, and also offers activities in research and teacher-training for students interested in academic endodontics.

Students are prepared for certification examination by the American Board of Endodontists.

Emphasis is placed on the interaction of this specialty with other specialties and with general dentistry.

The program in endodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Advanced Endodontics Curriculum

Required courses Units
ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry 2
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
ADNT 704ab Oral Biology 1-13 each
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
ANAT 701 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 1
DHIS 701 Advanced Oral Histology 2
DMAT 701 Advanced Biomaterials 2
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
ENDO 521 Preclinical Endodontics 3
ENDO 701abcd Seminar: Biological Basis of Endodontic Therapy 1-1-1-1
ENDO 702 Seminar: Advanced Clinical Endodontics 2
ENDO 703abcd Seminar: Review of Endodontic Literature 1-1-1-1
ENDO 704ab Seminar: Surgical Endodontics 2-2
ENDO 705ab Seminar: Endodontic Case Presentation 4-4
ENDO 710 Seminar: Endodontic Practice Management 2
ENDO 711 Alternatives in Endodontics 4
ENDO 761abcdef Clinic: Advanced Endodontics 1-9 each
ENDO 790 Directed Research: Endodontics 1-12
PTHL 601 Advanced Oral Pathology Seminar 2

Advanced Operative Dentistry

The advanced program in operative dentistry offers a 24-month, 143-unit course culminating in a Certificate in Operative Dentistry or a combined 36-month, 162‑unit program leading to a Certificate in Operative Dentistry and Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology.

The objective of the program is to produce skilled dental professionals with in-depth knowledge, technical and scientific background to become cutting-edge clinicians, professors and researchers. The program is structured to provide proficiency in scientific methodology and clinical expertise in mastering the most advanced techniques in preventive, operative, digital (CAD/CAM), esthetic, and adhesive dentistry.

The curriculum provides a solid foundation and proficiency in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, treatment, restoration, management of developmental defects and discoloration, and rehabilitation of severely damaged dentition using a myriad of restorative techniques customized for the patient needs. Strong emphasis will be placed on meeting the patient’s biological, functional and esthetic wishes.

Research is an integral part of the program. A strong, clinically relevant and fundamental research component is provided for long-term evaluation of restorative techniques and materials. Residents must perform and complete original research projects. The program encourages the residents to present their research in renowned scientific meetings and to submit for publication. The residents of the combined operative dentistry certificate/Master of Science in craniofacial biology are required to defend a master’s thesis to fulfill the thesis requirements.

Additionally residents will gain teaching experience through assisting in the DDS teaching program. The experience gained in clinical dentistry, research and teaching will provide graduates the skills and the background needed to pursue academic careers.

Advanced Operative Dentistry Certificate (143 units)

REQUIRED COURSES Units
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
ADNT 704ab Oral Biology 1-13 each
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
ANAT 701 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 1
CBY 574 Statistical Methods in Bioexperimentation 3
CBY 579L Craniofacial Molecular Genetics 4
CBY 585 Systematic Research Writing 3
CBY 590 Directed Research 1-12
DHIS 701 Advanced Oral Histology 2
DMAT 701 Advanced Biomaterials 2
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
OPER 701ab Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry I 2-2
OPER 702abL Advanced Dental Morphology for Esthetic Restoration 3-3
OPER 705L Dental Photography 1
OPER 710abcde Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry II 1 each
OPER 720abcdef Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry III 1 each
OPER 730abc Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry IV 1 each
OPER 740abc Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry V 2 each
OPER 750abc Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry VI 2 each
OPER 760abcde Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry VII 1 each
OPER 765abc Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry VIII 1 each
OPER 770abcdefL Scientific Investigation in Operative Dentistry 1-3, max 14
OPER 780abc Treatment Planning in Operative Dentistry 2 each
OPER 795abcdef Clinic: Advanced Operative Dentistry 1-3, max 14
REST 708ab Dental Ceramics, Color, and Aesthetics 2-2
REST 710a Implant Dentistry 1
REST 721ab Principles of Occlusion 2-2

Advanced Operative Dentistry Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology (162 units)

REQUIRED COURSES Units
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
ADNT 704ab Oral Biology 1-13 each
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
ANAT 701 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 1
CBY 574 Statistical Methods in Bioexperimentation 3
CBY 579L Craniofacial Molecular Genetics 4
CBY 585 Systematic Research Writing 3
CBY 590 Directed Research 1-12
CBY 594ab Master’s Thesis 2-2
CBY 671 Epistemology and Ethos of Bioscience 2
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
DHIS 701 Advanced Oral Histology 2
DMAT 701 Advanced Biomaterials 2
OPER 701ab Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry I 2-2
OPER 702abL Advanced Dental Morphology for Esthetic Restoration 3-3
OPER 705L Dental Photography 1
OPER 710abcdefh Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry II 1 each
OPER 720abcdefh Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry III 1 each
OPER 730abcd Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry IV 1 each
OPER 740abc Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry V 2 each
OPER 750abc Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry VI 2 each
OPER 760abcdefh Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry VII 1 each
OPER 765abcd Seminar: Advanced Operative Dentistry VIII 1 each
OPER 770abcdefhL Scientific Investigation in Operative Dentistry 1-3, max 14
OPER 780abcdef Treatment Planning in Operative Dentistry 2 each
OPER 795abcdefhij Clinic: Advanced Operative Dentistry 1-3, max 14
REST 708ab Dental Ceramics, Color, and Aesthetics 2-2
REST 710a Implant Dentistry 1
REST 721ab Principles of Occlusion 2-2

Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The advanced education program in oral and maxillofacial surgery is a continuous 48-month course of study that prepares the graduate for the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The program in oral surgery is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The program also meets the requirements of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The program is conducted at the Ostrow School of Dentistry and at the LAC+USC Medical Center. The course provides graduates with the necessary background for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of the 48-month course.

Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Curriculum

Required courses Units
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
ADNT 704c Oral Biology 1
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
PTHL 601 Advanced Oral Pathology Seminar 2
PTHL 701 Clinicopathologic Conference 3-12
SURG 701ab Seminar: Advanced Oral Surgery 2-2
SURG 702ab Seminar: Review of the Oral Surgery Literature 2-2
SURG 708ab Orthognathic Surgery 2-2
SURG 761abcd Clinic: Advanced Oral Surgery 1-10 each
SURG 763abcd Clinic: Advanced Hospital Oral Surgery and Anesthesia 1-10 each

Integrated M.D. Degree/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate Program

The Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC offer a continuous 72‑month integrated course of study leading to a medical degree in addition to a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery that prepares the graduate for the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The program is fully integrated and will include advanced placement into the established medical school curriculum.

During the first three years, the student will function in the capacity of a medical student as well as a resident in the oral and maxillofacial surgery program. After the completion of the medical school curriculum, the M.D. degree will be awarded. This is required before the student can continue in the specially designed surgical internship portion of the program. At the completion of the surgical internship, the student is qualified for medical licensure. During the fourth through sixth year, all required rotations and surgical training will be completed to fulfill the educational requirements of the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The program is conducted at the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine and at the LAC+USC Medical Center. The course of study provides the graduates with the necessary background for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The oral and maxillofacial surgery certificates are awarded upon successful completion of the entire 72-month course.

Advanced Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

The advanced orofacial pain and oral medicine program consists of a 24-month program leading to a certificate. This program can be combined with a Master of Science or a Ph.D. degree for the interested student but separate applications to these programs are required. The certificate curriculum is designed with a series of didactic courses where the students will gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and treatment of different oral and maxillofacial diseases and disorders. In addition to these courses, the student will gain clinical experience diagnosing and treating patients with the following diseases: temporomandibular disorders; infectious, dysplastic, neoplastic proliferative, erosive and ulcerative oral and pharyngeal mucosal diseases as well as the common perioral-facial cutaneous diseases. The student will also learn about and work with patients who have various salivary, neurogenic, osseous, and odontogenic infections, tumors and diseases including oral neuropathic pain, oral spasticity, migraine, tension type and chronic daily headache disorders. This program has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Advanced Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Certificate

Required courses Units
ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry 2
CBY 579L Craniofacial Molecular Genetics 4
OFPM 701 CPR, Blood and Airborne Infections and Common Emergencies for Dental Residents 1
OFPM 702ab Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents 1-2
OFPM 703 Local Anesthesia, Minor Surgery and Biopsy Procedures for Dental Residents 1
OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents 1
OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 708 Physical Evaluation and Laboratory Diagnostics for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 709 Headaches for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 721 Neurosciences for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 724 Psychological and Psychometric Assessment for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 727 Infectious Disease, Oral Microbiology and Virology for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 728 Case Presentations by OFP‑OM Residents 2

Master of Science, Advanced Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

The Master of Science degree in orofacial pain and oral medicine program consists of a 36-month hybrid program (online and face-to-face) leading to a master’s degree in orofacial pain and oral medicine (OFPOM). The curriculum is designed to provide practicing dentists with advanced knowledge and training in the areas of orofacial pain and oral medicine including sleep medicine. The program consists of a series of 14 online didactic courses where the students will gain knowledge about the underlying science as well as the diagnosis, pathobiology and treatment of different oral and maxillofacial diseases and disorders. In addition to these courses, the student will attend USC for two weeks each summer during the three-year period for an additional three face-to-face assessment courses where they will be tested for knowledge acquisition using a set of objective standardized clinical examinations, oral interviews and written examinations. They will also be required to prepare a final portfolio of cases and conduct and present a research project report. During their visits to USC, the residents will gain experience diagnosing and treating patients in the USC OFOPM center. During the year, the residents will attend weekly video conferences where online students are required to analyze, diagnose and prepare treatment plan cases that are posted for analysis. These cases will cover the following diseases: temporomandibular disorders; infectious, dysplastic, neoplastic proliferative, erosive and ulcerative oral and pharyngeal mucosal diseases. Students will also learn about and work with patients who have various salivary, neurogenic, osseous, and odontogenic infections, tumors and diseases including oral neuropathic pain, oral spasticity, migraine, tension type and chronic daily headache and sleep apnea disorders.

Required Courses Units
ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry 2
OFPM 702ab Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents 1, 2
OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents 1
OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 710ab Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents 1, 1
OFPM 721 Neurosciences for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 724 Psychological and Psychometric Assessment for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 727 Infectious Disease, Oral Microbiology and Virology for Dental Residents 2
OFPM 729abcd Capstone Project for OFPOM Residents 0.5 each
OFPM 730abcde Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents 0.5 each
Total

32.5

Advanced Orthodontics

The advanced orthodontics certificate program is a 34-month course of study leading to a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree in craniofacial biology. The program in orthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Upon completion of all requirements, the graduate is eligible for examination and certification by the American Board of Orthodontics.

The program has as its primary mission the preparation and training of residents for clinical practice in the specialty of orthodontics. This is achieved through a broad, in-depth curriculum designed to develop proficiency in clinical orthodontics with a solid foundation in fundamental and advanced biological and mechanical principles. Graduate-level courses in the basic sciences are the core didactic component of the program. Research is also an integral part of the program, and each resident must complete an original research project to fulfill a thesis requirement.

Advanced Orthodontics/Craniofacial Biology Curriculum

Required courses Units
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
CBY 574 Statistical Methods in Bioexperimentation 3
CBY 578 Pathological Conditions of the Craniofacial Complex 3
CBY 579L Craniofacial Molecular Genetics 4
CBY 585 Systematic Research Writing 3
CBY 590 Directed Research 3
CBY 594abz* Master’s Thesis 2-2-0
CBY 671 Epistemology and Ethos of Bioscience 2
ORTH 701ab Cephalometrics: Growth and Development 2-4 each
ORTH 702 Seminar: Review of Orthodontic Literature 5
ORTH 703abcdefhi Seminar: Advanced Orthodontics 2-8 each
ORTH 704abc** Seminar: Orthodontics in Theory and Practice 2-2-2
ORTH 705abc Orthodontic Practice Management 2-2-2
ORTH 706 Surgical Orthodontics 2
ORTH 707 Interdisciplinary Aesthetic Treatment 2
ORTH 708 Information Technology in Orthodontic Practice 2
ORTH 709 Advanced Information Technology in Orthodontic Practice 2
ORTH 721 Biomechanics and Orthodontic Technic 8
ORTH 751abcdefhi Clinic: Advanced Orthodontics 1-10 each
PERI 752 Interdisciplinary Treatment: An Orthodontic Perspective 2

*Students will be re-enrolled in CBY 594z until completion of the thesis. Tuition will be charged in each trimester of enrollment beyond Summer Session II.

**Elective course

Advanced Pediatric Dentistry

The advanced pediatric dentistry certificate program is a 24-month course of study designed to provide students with the background information and clinical experience necessary for the practice of pediatric dentistry. The program in pediatric dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The program also meets the educational requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

First year studies emphasize advanced pediatric dentistry theory and clinical treatment of the “healthy” child. Students develop a sound basis in genetics, growth and development, nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic behavior management, physical evaluation, research methodology, statistics, interceptive orthodontics, prevention and a review of pediatric dental literature. Second year studies concentrate on dental care of children with physical, medical, mental and emotional disabilities. The second year student serves as a hospital-based resident at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center or Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Residents also rotate to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Students gain experience in performing operating room procedures, oral conscious sedation, participating on interdisciplinary teams, providing emergency treatment and treating children with medical disabilities and pathologies in the hospital environment.

In addition to the two-year program, opportunities are available to combine the basic certificate program with a master’s or doctoral degree in Craniofacial Biology (CBY).

The purpose of the combined pediatric dentistry/craniofacial biology program is to prepare highly qualified specialists in pediatric dentistry who can assume leadership positions in dental education, service to the community, dental research and dental care of children with developmental disabilities and medically compromising conditions. The structured curriculum of this three-year program offers a strong didactic component in basic biological science and in clinical sciences as well as intensive clinical pediatric dentistry training.

An individual who elects to apply to the combined program in craniofacial biology and advanced pediatric dentistry would submit a simultaneous application to the Ostrow School of Dentistry and the Graduate School. See the Craniofacial Biology section of this catalogue for further information. The first year of the program would be spent in craniofacial biology and the second and third years spent in the pediatric dentistry program. After successful completion of the craniofacial biology program the student would be reviewed by the Pediatric Dentistry Admissions Committee and admitted into the certificate program. The student must satisfactorily complete the Master of Science program to be eligible for the Pediatric Dentistry Certificate.

Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

Required courses Units
ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry 2
ADNT 706 Seminar: Diseases of Childhood 2
ADNT 707 Behavior of the Child Patient 2
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
DMAT 701 Advanced Biomaterials 2
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
PEDO 701ab Seminar: Advanced Pediatric Dentistry 8-15 each
PEDO 702ab Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry 5-7 each
PEDO 703abcde Interceptive Orthodontics 2-5 each
PEDO 704ab Prevention in Pediatric Dentistry 2-2
PEDO 705 Pediatric Diseases 2
PEDO 706 Dental Care for Pediatric Patients with Disabilities 2
PEDO 707 Seminar: Cleft Palate Rehabilitation 1-9
PEDO 708 Practice Management 1
PEDO 709 Conscious Sedation in Pediatric Dentistry 1
PEDO 721 Pediatric Physical Evaluation 2
PEDO 761abcde* Clinic: Advanced Pediatric Dentistry 2-10 each
PEDO 771abcdef* Clinic: Hospital Pediatric Dentistry 2-15 each
PEDO 772abcde Clinic: Interceptive Orthodontics 1-3 each
PEDO 773 Hospital Pediatric Clinics 2-4
PEDO 774 Clinical Genetics in Pediatric Dentistry 9
PEDO 790ab Directed Research: Pediatric Dentistry 1-6 each

*In addition to the required courses, a combined minimum of 36 units of PEDO 761 and PEDO 771 must be satisfactorily completed, as directed by the program director.Advanced Periodontology

Advanced Periodontology

The advanced periodontology program offers two options: (1) a 36-month, 183-unit course of study leading to a certificate in periodontology, or (2) a dual 36-month, 183-unit program leading to both a certificate and a Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology. The program in periodontology is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, and the United States Department of Education. The program also meets the educational requirements of the American Board of Periodontology. Preparation for the certification process is an integral part of the curriculum, and all graduates are expected to become diplomates.

The curriculum provides a sound foundation in those basic sciences and medical subjects which apply directly to clinical periodontics. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of periodontics with other specialties and general dentistry. The central theme of the curriculum is that periodontology is the scientific basis to all of clinical dentistry.

The program is structured to produce skilled periodontists with the technical and scientific abilities to provide periodontal services to the community and to prepare students for teaching careers. This program also provides a portion of the requirements necessary for an advanced degree in a basic science.

A core oral biology curriculum combined with fundamentals of physical diagnosis, anatomy, pathology, microbiology, research interpretation and design, and pharmacology constitute the biological foundation upon which the advanced postdoctoral student builds his or her skills. The program provides knowledge and clinical expertise in all types of periodontal treatment required for the practice of oral health care including the placement and care of dental implants. Clinical experience in pharmacosedation and treatment of special care patients is available for those who are interested in these fields.

The program faculty believe that graduates should be dedicated to the concept of being a continuous student and should contribute to periodontics and to dentistry by practice, education, publication and/or research.

Advanced Periodontology Certificate (183 units)

Required courses Units
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
ADNT 703a-f, h-j Seminar: Combined Treatment Planning 2 each
ADNT 704ab Oral Biology 1-13 each
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
ANAT 701 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 1
CBY 574 Statistical Methods in Bioexperimentation 3
CBY 575 Biologic Basis of Oral-Facial Disease 3
CBY 576 Biochemical Aspects of Periodontal Disease 3
CBY 585 Systematic Research Writing 3
CBY 590 Directed Research 6
CBY 674 Advanced Oral Microbiology 2
DHIS 701 Advanced Oral Histology 2
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
PERI 701ab Seminar: Review of Current Periodontal Literature 2-3
PERI 702ab Seminar: Periodontal Treatment Procedures 2-2
PERI 704a-f, h-j Seminar: Periodontal Therapy 2 each
PERI 708 Seminar: Clinical Basis of Periodontics 4
PERI 710 Clinical Periodontal Photography 1
PERI 711 Occlusal Therapy in Periodontics 2
PERI 713a-f, h-j Treatment Planning in Periodontics 2 each
PERI 716ab Seminar: Special Topics in Periodontal Disease 3-3
PERI 750 Advanced Periodontal Instrumentation 3
PERI 752 Interdisciplinary Treatment: An Orthodontic Perspective 2
PERI 761a-f, h-j Clinic: Advanced Periodontics 1-10 each
PTHL 601 Advanced Oral Pathology Seminar 2
REST 710abcd Implant Dentistry 1-1-1-1
REST 782a-e Clinic: Implant Prosthodontics 1-10 each

Advanced Periodontology Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology (183 units)

Required courses Units
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
ADNT 703a-f, h-j Seminar: Combined Treatment Planning 2 each
ADNT 704ab Oral Biology 1-13 each
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 1-5
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
ANAT 701 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 1
CBY 574 Statistical Methods in Bioexperimentation 3
CBY 575 Biologic Basis of Oral-Facial Disease 3
CBY 576 Biochemical Aspects of Periodontal Disease 3
CBY 579L Craniofacial Molecular Genetics 4
CBY 582L Laboratory Methods 3
CBY 585 Systematic Research Writing 3
CBY 590 Directed Research 6
CBY 594ab Master’s Thesis 2-2
CBY 671 Epistemology and Ethos of Bioscience 2
CBY 674 Advanced Oral Microbiology 2
DHIS 701 Advanced Oral Histology 2
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
PERI 701ab Seminar: Review of Current Periodontal Literature 2-3
PERI 702ab Seminar: Periodontal Treatment Procedures 2-2
PERI 704a-f, h-j Seminar: Periodontal Therapy 2 each
PERI 708 Seminar: Clinical Basis of Periodontics 4
PERI 710 Clinical Periodontal Photography 1
PERI 711 Occlusal Therapy in Periodontics 2
PERI 713a-f, h-j Treatment Planning in Periodontics 2 each
PERI 716ab Seminar: Special Topics in Periodontal Disease 3-3
PERI 750 Advanced Periodontal Instrumentation 3
PERI 752 Interdisciplinary Treatment: An Orthodontic Perspective 2
PERI 761a-f, h-j Clinic: Advanced Periodontics 1-10 each
PTHL 601 Advanced Oral Pathology Seminar 2
REST 710abcd Implant Dentistry 1-1-1-1
REST 782a-e Clinic: Implant Prosthodontics 1-10 each

Advanced Prosthodontics

The program in advanced prosthodontics is a 36-month course of study designed to teach didactic and clinical skills leading to competency in the specialized practice of prosthodontics. The program provides a basic science foundation, incorporating studies in physical diagnosis, anatomy, oral pathology, pharmacology and oral biology. Proficiency in fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics will be developed during the course of study from a practical and didactic aspect. There is a strong emphasis on applying principles of esthetics toward oral reconstructions and implant prosthodontics. Periodontally compromised patients are frequently encountered, so the program is closely allied with the advanced program in periodontology. Treatment planning and integrated care with allied specialties is a strength of the program.

In addition to developing clinical skills, the program requires a research methodology course and a research project.

Clinical experience in implant placement and didactic study in maxillofacial prosthetics are offered: students who want more experience in clinical care may devote more time to treating these patients. The program in advanced prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a special accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The program also meets the requirements of the American Board of Prosthodontics. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Advanced Prosthodontics Certificate

Required courses Units
ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry 2
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
ADNT 703abcdefhi Seminar: Combined Treatment Planning 2 each
ADNT 704ab Oral Biology 1-13 each
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
ANAT 701 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 1
CBY 575 Biologic Basis of Oral-Facial Disease 3
DMAT 701 Advanced Biomaterials 2
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
PTHL 601 Advanced Oral Pathology Seminar 2
REST 701 Orientation to Advanced Prosthodontics 5
REST 702abcdefhi Seminar: Treatment Planning 2 each
REST 703abcdefh Seminar: Review of the Prosthodontic Literature – Fixed 1 each
REST 704abcdefh Seminar: Review of the Prosthodontic Literature – Removable 1 each
REST 705 Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics Techniques 1
REST 706 Advanced Complete Denture Techniques 1
REST 708ab Dental Ceramics, Color, and Aesthetics 2-2
REST 709ab Seminar: Removable Partial Dentures 1-2
REST 710ab Implant Dentistry 1-1
REST 712 Maxillofacial Prosthodontics 2
REST 721ab Principles of Occlusion 2-2
REST 761abcdefhij Clinic: Advanced Prosthodontics 1-10 each
REST 781 Clinic: Maxillofacial Prosthetics 1-8
REST 782abc Clinic: Implant Prosthodontics 1-10 each
REST 790 Directed Research: Prosthodontics 1-12

General Practice Residency

The general practice residency program is a 12-month, full-time residency program designed in conformance with the guidelines of the Council on Dental Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The program is structured to increase diagnostic acumen, general knowledge and clinical ability in dentistry.

The program is conducted primarily at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest teaching hospitals, and at the Veterans Administration Los Angeles Ambulatory Care facility in downtown Los Angeles. Some of the training is also conducted at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, West L.A. Veterans Administration Hospital, the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and other community facilities.

Under supervision of the faculties of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, the Greater Los Angeles V.A. and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the residents rotate through oral surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesia, operating room dentistry, care for the handicapped and other disciplines. Approximately 80 percent of the resident’s time is devoted to delivery of oral health care and its management to the medically compromised patient.

The program emphasizes the treatment of a wide range of oral health disorders, medical considerations related to dental care, the ability to treat medically compromised and handicapped patients and teaches how to provide dental care in a hospital environment interacting with health care providers of various disciplines. Inherent in the year of training, a philosophy of practice addresses the medical psychosocial and oral health care needs of the patient.

Along with patient treatment, the residents are required to take courses in physical evaluation and anesthesia, endodontics, periodontics, dental implants, dental technology, maxillofacial prosthodontics, oral pathology and practice management. The residents are also required to present patient cases to the faculty.

Residents receive a monthly stipend during their training program and are granted a certificate upon satisfactory completion of the program.

The program in general practice is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency

The advanced education in general dentistry program is a 12-month, full-time residency program designed in accordance with the guidelines of the Council on Dental Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.

The program is conducted primarily at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, along with the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest teaching hospitals. Some of the training is also conducted at the USC Dental Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission and Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Mobile Clinic.

The program is designed for the person who is planning a career in general dentistry in private practice, community health care environments, dental education, and/or an advanced specialty. Residents receive a monthly stipend during their training program.

An optional second year is available to individuals who have completed the first year of the program.

All clinical experiences are supervised by the faculty of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The program provides experience to residents in the delivery of comprehensive, multidisciplinary oral health care to healthy and medically compromised patients, including pediatric, adult and geriatric patients in private practice, hospital and community care settings.

The AEGD program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificate

Year One required courses (24 units) Units
ADNT 702 Physical Diagnosis 2
AEGD 701abc Advanced Comprehensive Oral Health Care 2-3-3
AEGD 761abc Advanced Comprehensive Oral Health Care Delivery I 1-1-2
AEGD 762ab Hospital Oral Surgery and Anesthesia 1-1
AMED 750abc Physical Evaluation and Anesthesia 2-2-1
DPHR 701 Advanced Pharmacology 1
REST 710ab Implant Dentistry 1-1
Year Two required courses (12 units) Units
ADNT 710 Internship: Dental Education 3
AEGD 702abc Review of Dental Literature 1-1-1
AEGD 764abc Advanced Comprehensive Oral Health Care Delivery II 2-2-2