University of California-Los Angeles School of Dentistry


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. Grading Policy The grading system used is a modification of the Pass/Not Pass rating system.

Unique Programs

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.

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