University of Southern California School of Dentistry


Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is a private school. The University of Southern California School of Dentistry was founded in 1897. The goal of the school is the education of highly trained general practitioners. Its faculty have contributed significantly to advances in dental medicine, particularly in the area of the use of semiprecious metal alloys and tooth restorative materials. The school offers a DDS and BS in dental hygiene.


4-years. The problem-based learning curriculum is an educational approach, that provides a vertical integration of basic sciences and clinical content over all 4 years of the program. This approach to education is of a student-centered and inquiry based nature, which integrates all aspects of the fundamental basic and clinical sciences from the onset of the learning experience. Its objective is to educate students who will be committed to lifelong, self-motivated learning, skilled in the techniques of problem solving in the clinical setting. Furthermore, it seeks to ensure that students are well prepared to deal with the future advances in dental therapy and dental care delivery, able to deal with the medical presentations of dental patients, and effective in-group learning/accomplishment environments, and highly skilled in the delivery of quality dental health.

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An Office of Admissions coordinates all recruitment and retention programs. This office also coordinates other student services, including tutorial, financial aid, and job placement.


The school requires the basic predental science courses and 1 year of English composition, as well as 1 year of philosophy, history, or fine arts. Additional recommended courses that can be selected are biochemistry, human or comparative anatomy, embryology, histology, genetics, physiology, psychology, sociology, and economics. Nonresidents are evaluated and selected based on the same criteria as California residents. A personal interview may be required. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfers from American and Canadian schools may be considered on a space-available basis. Acceptance with advanced standing is rare.


The school is located on the USC campus and is housed in the Norris Dental Science Center. Other teaching resources include affiliated hospitals and a mobile clinic.

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