Louisiana State University* School of Dentistry


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 technology.


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.

Unique Programs

Students entering without a degree may earn a bachelor’s degree if arrangements are made with their undergraduate school.


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.

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