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
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
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