USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


Advanced Education Certificate Program

The 33-month program in orthodontics is administered in conjunction with the USC Graduate School.

The orthodontics curriculum prepares students for academic careers as clinical scholars through the integration of the basic sciences with orthodontic education, as well as providing the clinical experience necessary to practice orthodontics.

Application Deadlines

PASS deadline: October 2

How to Apply

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses theAmerican Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

In addition to the PASS, all Orthodontics Program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal.  An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted. 

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

Cost of Attendance

This program does not provide a stipend.

Estimated cost of attendance for 2019-2020

Direct Costs Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $81,754 $98,772 $98,772
Instrument Management Services Fee $842 $1,003 $1,003
Health Insurance $2,118 $2,118 $2,118
Student Health Center Fee $982 $1,007 $1,007
Disability insurance $53 $53 $53
Dental Gown Usage Fee $55 $0 $0
Topping Student Aid Fund $16 $16 $16
Student Programming Fee $86 $86 $86
Total School Costs $85,906 $103,055 $103,055
Allowances for Indirect Costs
Room and Board $23,575 $23,575 $23,575
Transportation $3,335 $3,335 $3,335
Personal/Misc $3,059 $3,059 $3,059
Estimated Cost of Attendance $115,875 $133,024 $133,024

U.S. Department of Education Disclosure

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program:

Financial Aid

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Health Requirements

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