The University of California at Los Angeles, an
undergraduate and a graduate school, was established
in 1919. In 1960 the University of California Los
Angeles School of Dentistry was founded. The initial
class was enrolled in 1965. The school is located in
the Center of Health Sciences on the UCLA campus
in west Los Angeles, along with the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. The school has
expanded by developing postdoctoral programs,
establishing a research institute, organizing a satellite
clinic in Venice, California, and downtown Los
Angeles, and collaborating with adjacent colleges in
training dental hygienists and dental assistants.
4-year. In addition to the basic sciences, students are
trained in the use of clinical preventive measures during
the first year. They are also exposed to an integrated
basic-clinical sciences program section on oral biology
that begins in the first year and continues into the third.
Clinical experience in comprehensive patient care
begins in the first year. Numerous elective programs are
available that cover a wide variety of topics, such as the
clinical management of patients, and experiences, such
as hospital service rotations.
The grading system used is a modification of the
Pass/Not Pass rating system.
A combined DDS-MS program requires 1 additional
year to complete.
In addition to the basic predental science courses, a
1-year course in English composition and a 1semester course in biochemistry and introductory
psychology are required. Additional recommended
courses that can be selected are human or comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, microbiology,
English composition, fine arts, drafting, communication, and business. There are no residency
restrictions. Minority and underprivileged students
are encouraged to apply. Transfer and advanced
standing: Not available.
The Dental School Building is located in the Center for
Health Sciences on the UCLA campus. Off-campus
clinical instruction is also provided.