USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Becoming a Patient

First-time patients (with the exception of emergency-care patients and those referred to our specialty clinics) must be evaluated in the Center for Diagnostic Services on the first floor of the Norris Dental Science Center.

We highly encourage patients to make an appointment. We also accept all walk-in patients per session. Early arrival may increase your chances of being screened.

Once you are evaluated, you will be assigned to a student within a particular group practice, overseen by one of our faculty. The group practice director is responsible for overseeing the treatment plan for each patient. It usually takes 2 to 4 weeks after your initial screening to be assigned to a student. You will be contacted to set up your appointment.


Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:
7:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.



Screening Fee: $20
X-rays: $40-$80
Both screening and x-ray fees will be due on the first visit. All fees are non-refundable.

Comprehensive Oral Evaluation: $55
If accepted as a patient, $55 will be due on your second appointment for a comprehensive oral evaluation.

You also may become a patient of one of the school’s faculty practices. The cost is comparable to the going rates of private dental practices and approximately three times the cost of care provided in our student clinics.

Incoming Patient Paperwork

We encourage prospective patients to print and fill out incoming patient paperwork to speed up the check-in process.

Please note that bringing filled-out paperwork does not guarantee prospective patients access to a dental professional at the Ostrow School of Dentistry.

Contact Information

For more information regarding patient care at the Norris Dental Science Center, call (213) 740-2805 or (213) 740-2800.