In 1905 Seventh-Day Adventists established Loma
Linda University. In 1953 the School of Dentistry at
Loma Linda University was founded. Located 60
miles east of Los Angeles, the university consists of 7
health science schools including schools of Dentistry,
Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health-Related Professions, and a Graduate School. Besides offering a DDS
program, the school has advanced educational programs in a variety of specialties and also offers a BS in
dental hygiene. An International Dental Program trains
dentists from other countries according to the standards of American dental medicine.
4-year traditional. The courses in anatomy have clinical
applications, and the laboratories in physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology are based on
problem-oriented case presentations. Clinical experience begins with the second year and intensifies during
the third. The fourth year provides for the delivery of
experience in comprehensive dental care. This takes
place in extracurricular programs located at many different sites. Electives are available during all 4 years.
Remedial and tutorial programs are available for all
students. Placement services for locating and evaluating practice opportunities are available at no cost to
the student. Outreach programs are carried out for
underserved population groups locally, in Mexico,
and other foreign countries.
In addition to the basic predental science courses, a
semester course in English composition and in literature are required. It is recommended that upper level
science courses be selected from biochemistry, histology, anatomy, physiology, and immunology. Other
useful courses are algebra, calculus, psychology, sociology, principles of management, accounting, sculpture,
and ceramics. A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required.
The school is located on the university’s campus in
Loma Linda along with the university’s other health
profession training schools.