USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


The 36-month course in prosthodontics teaches didactic and clinical skills leading to competency in the specialized practice of prosthodontics. The program provides a basic science foundation for clinical and technical skills, incorporating studies in physical diagnosis, anatomy, oral pathology, pharmacology and oral biology.

Since proficiency in all elements of prosthodontics is required, equal emphasis is placed on fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics. Periodontally compromised patients are frequently encountered, so the program is allied with the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry’s advanced program in periodontics; integrated patient care is stressed. Program highlights include:

  • Robust and constantly updated literature review for an evidence-based approach to treatment.
  • Opportunity to place dental implants.
  • Extensive incorporation of CAD/CAM technology in treatment of patients in all phases.
  • Interdisciplinary care provided with allied specialties.

Scholarships are available for those in good academic standing and not sponsored by any government or other third party.

*A master’s degree in biomaterials is available concurrently with the program. The GRE is not required for the master’s in biomaterials.

Application Deadlines

PASS deadline: Nov. 1

How to Apply

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American 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 application, all prosthodontics 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. 

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 $98,772 $98,772 $98,772
Instrument Management Services Fee $2,284 $2,656 $1,003
Health Insurance $2,118 $2,118 $2,118
Student Health Center Fee $923 $1,007 $1,007
Disability insurance $53 $53 $53
Dental Gown Usage Fee $165 $165 $165
Topping Student Aid Fund $16 $16 $16
Student Programming Fee $86 $86 $86
Total School Costs $104,417 $104,873 $103,220
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 $134,386 $134,842 $133,189

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.