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Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Bachelor

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University rank #121 (QS) Los Angeles, CA, United States
Dentistry is a profession that combines science and technology with helping people to enhance and maintain their oral health. As health care practitioners, dentists diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and gum. 
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Two classifications for dentists include: Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.); and Doctor of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D.) (there is no difference between the two degrees).

Dental education programs are four years of in-class, pre-clinical, and clinical instruction. The first two years usually cover the basic sciences and the last two years, diagnosing oral disease, surgery, and clinical study. In the fourth year, students typically must complete a dental rotation externship.

In addition to general dentistry, dental schools may offer specialized postgraduate programs of study, in areas such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, or pediatric dentistry, which can take an additional two to six years to complete. In addition, some dental schools offer joint degree programs that can include Master’s & Ph.D. degrees in oral biology & the basic sciences, as well as an MPH and MBA.

The mission of the Office of Pre-Health Advisement, within the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, supports the overall mission and objectives of the University of Southern California, particularly its commitment to health care education and training of health care professionals for the 21st century and beyond.

The Office of Pre-Health Advisement exists to serve all current students, alumni, and post-baccalaureates of the University of Southern California who are interested in pursuing a career within the health professions. 

Our pre-health advisors are committed to providing an array of student-centered advisement services and support tools tailored to meet the individual needs, interests, and goals of pre-health students. 

We value a sense of community, meaningful relationships with students, staff and faculty, academic excellence, leadership, wellness, and learning through community service, clinical exposure, laboratory research, and campus organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • 3-Dimensional Art
  • Humanities/Social Science

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Submit Primary Application

  • Identifying Information
  • Schools Attended
  • Biographic Information
  • Course Work
  • Work/Activities
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Medical Schools
  • Personal Statement
  • Standardized Tests

Supplemetal (Secondary) Applications

  • Additional biographic information
  • Short answer statements and essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Application fees

Admissions Interviews

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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