Established in 1897, the University of Southern California School of Dentistry has made a name for itself as a leading educational and research institution. The dental school has many prominent graduates who have gone on to influence the dental industry as entrepreneurs, professors and researchers. USC also boasts several award-winning faculty members and alumni who have gained notoriety as published authors, lecturers and developers of advanced dental techniques.
Now conveniently located in the heart of USC's campus in downtown Los Angeles, the School of Dentistry offers opportunities to study with scholars and industry leaders in a state-of-the-art facility. Those who have completed the appropriate pre-dental coursework in an undergraduate program can apply to receive a DDS, or Doctor of Dental Surgery. The USC School of Dentistry also offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.
Some dentists may want to further their studies in a speciality recognized by the American Dental Association. For instance, upon completion of dental school, a dentist may continue with a 2- to 3-year program to become an orthodontist or pediatric dentist, or they may join the growning ranks of endodontists and periodontists. USC recognizes the need for specialty training. For dentists who want to become dental specialists, the USC School of Dentistry offers advanced programs in:
- General Practice or General Dentistry Residency
- Oral Surgery
- Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine
- Pediatric Dentistry
The University of Southern California also has a graduate program for those looking to enter research or academic fields. MS and PhD degrees are offered in Craniofacial Biology, and students of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program may combine their studies at the School of Dentistry with courses at the School of Medicine to obtain an MD degree. As dentistry is an ever-changing science, the USC School of Dentistry also offers online and in-house continuing education courses for established dental professionals.