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University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the U.S. that allows students to complete a four-year program in three years.

Originally founded as the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has served the San Francisco Bay area for more than a century. It is highly regarded by potential students and professionals alike for several reasons:

Accelerated Year-Round Program -- The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is the only school in the U.S. that allows students to complete a four-year academic program in three years.

Humanistic Model of Education -- Each student is seen as a unique individual worthy of dignity and respect.

Innovation in Dental Curriculum -- The school combines competency-based education with comprehensive dental care. The approach provides experiences to ensure graduates possess the skills, understanding and professional values needed for independent practices.

Graduate Programs

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry offers a range of academic programs including:

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) -- This three year program prepares students to keep pace with new technologies and the changing needs of dental patients through rigorous technical instruction. This training is combined with a humanistic approach to serving patients.

International Dental Studies -- This program offers qualified foreign dental students a chance to train in the methods used for dentistry in the United States. At the end of the two year accelerated program, graduates obtain a DDS.

Graduate Orthodontic Program -- When residents complete this 27-month program, they graduate with a Master of Science degree in dentistry to become a certificated orthodontist.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program -- This is a collaboration between the Dugoni School of Dentistry and Highland Hospital, Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland. The program takes 48 months to complete and combines training in a range of basic sciences with clinical experience in oral surgery.

Dental Hygiene Program -- The Dugoni School of Dentistry works in tandem with the College of the Pacific (the University's undergraduate division) to offer the nation's first 36-month program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry - This year-long postgraduate program offers residents advanced training and clinical experience in general dentistry.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry also prides itself on providing continuing dental educational programs, offering more than 90 each year.

Patient Care

Each year, Dugoni School of Dentistry faculty, students and staff participate in more than 100 community outreach programs helping more than 2,000 people, from children to the elderly and people with developmental disabilities. The goal is to provide adults and children in need with dental services while educating the public about the importance of oral health.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry also has 14 dental clinics located throughout the San Francisco Bay area. These clinics provide a range of dental services -- from care specifically for children or people living with HIV to dental surgery and emergency dentist services.

Contact Info

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is located at:

Address:        2155 Webster St.
                     San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone:           (415) 929-6400

Website:         http://dental.pacific.edu/