The Louisiana State University System was created
in 1860. The Louisiana State University School of
Dentistry was founded in 1968 and is part of the
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.
The teaching facilities in the basic and clinical sciences were dedicated in 1972. In addition to its DDS
program, the School of Dentistry provides educational opportunities on the postgraduate level and
programs in dental hygiene and dental laboratory
4-year diagonal. The basic, clinical, and social science
courses are presented individually and then interrelated by the free use of correlation courses. As the
emphasis on basis and preclinical sciences decreases
from year one to year four, the students’ exposure to
the clinical sciences increases. First year: Basic science and preclinical technique courses and behavioral
science treatment with limited clinical exposure. Second year: A continuation of the basic science and
preclinical technique courses with patient treatment in
operative dentistry, oral diagnosis, and removable
prosthetics. Third year: In addition to oral diagnosis,
students learn clinical patient treatment in operative
dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and
orthodontics. Fourth year: This year focuses on total
patient dental care in general surgery. Elective opportunities are available in all departments.
Students entering without a degree may earn a bachelor’s degree if arrangements are made with their
The basic predental science courses plus 9 semester
hours of English are required. Additional courses
selected from comparative anatomy, histology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, embryology,
psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, art, sculpture, and ceramics are recommended. Priority is
given to state residents. A few out-of-state residents
may be accepted. Transfer and advanced standing:
Available to selected students in good standing at
accredited U.S. schools.
The school is an integral part of the LSU Health Sciences Center. It is located in dental school buildings
that contain excellent preclinical and clinical facilities.