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:
- growth and development
- behavior management
- physical evaluation
- research methodology
- conscious sedation
- 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.
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 Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
In addition to the PASS application, all Pediatrics 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
A stipend is available after the first year of the program.
Estimated cost of attendance for 2019-2020
|Direct Costs||Year 1||Year 2|
|Instrument Management Services Fee||$2,284||$166|
|Student Health Center Fee||$923||$1,007|
|Dental Gown Usage Fee||$165||$55|
|Topping Student Aid Fund||$16||$16|
|Student Programming Fee||$86||$86|
|Total School Costs||$104,417||$3,501|
|Allowances for Indirect Costs|
|Room and Board||$23,575||$23,575|
|Estimated Cost of Attendance||$134,386||$33,470|
U.S. Department of Education Disclosure
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Please note that all matriculating students must comply with the university’s health requirements.