USC University of Southern California

Pediatric Dentistry

The 24-month course of study in pediatric dentistry provides students with the background information and clinical experience necessary for the practice of pediatric dentistry.

Year One emphasizes advanced pediatric dentistry theory and clinical treatment of children. Students develop a sound basis in:

  • genetics
  • growth and development
  • behavior management
  • physical evaluation
  • research methodology
  • statistics
  • conscious sedation
  • orthodontics
  • prevention
  • pediatric dental literature

Second-year studies concentrate on dental care of children with physical, mental, and emotional disorders. The second year is a hospital-based residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Children’s Hospital Orange County or Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Students gain experience in operating room procedures, general anesthesia techniques, conscious sedation, and treating children with medical disabilities and pathologies in the hospital environment.

We also offer a 36-month program leading to a Master of Science in craniofacial biology. This program prepares highly qualified residents for leadership positions in dental education, service to the community, dental research, and dental care of children with developmental disabilities and medically compromising conditions. The structured curriculum offers a strong didactic component in basic biological science and in clinical sciences, as well as intensive clinical and hospital-based dental training.

Application Deadlines

USC application deadline: October 1
PASS deadline: September 17

How to Apply

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses theAmerican Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service’s (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs.

In addition to the PASS application, all Pediatrics Program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants) to the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Office of Admissions. We will accept a personal check, cashier/bank check, or money order made payable to USC. Please indicate the program you are applying to on the check.

If you are applying for the optional combined master’s program, please also submit:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts.
  • Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) results.

This program also uses thePostdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) to help place residents.

Mail your supplementary packet, all in one envelope, to:
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Office of Admissions
File No. 121452
Los Angeles, CA  90074-2145

Cost of Attendance

A stipend is available after the first year of the program.

Estimated cost of attendance for 2014-2015

Topping Student Aid Fund$16$16

Direct Costs Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $67,814 $13,112
Health Insurance $1,712 $0
Student Health Center Fee $671 $761
Disability Insurance $72 $72
IMS Fee $2050 $150
Gown Usage Fee $165 $55
Graduate Orientation Fee $50 $0
Grad Student Programming Fee $80 $80
Grad Student Services Fee $20 $20
Total Direct Costs $72,650 $14,266
Allowances for Indirect Costs
Room and Board $17,787 $21,344
Transportation $2,800 $3,360
Personal/Misc $2,030 $2,436
Estimated Cost of Attendance $95,267 $41,406

U.S. Department of Education Disclosure

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Financial Aid

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Health Requirements

Please note that all matriculating students must comply with the university’s health requirements.