Dec 09, 2019  
USC Catalogue 2019-2020 
    
USC Catalogue 2019-2020

Advanced Periodontology Certificate


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The advanced periodontology program offers two training pathways: (1) a 36-month course of study leading to a certificate of clinical training in periodontology, or (2) a 36-month dual-training program leading to both a certificate of clinical training in periodontology and a Master of Science in Biomedical Implants and Tissue Engineering (BITE) . The program in periodontology is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, and the United States Department of Education. The program also meets the educational requirements of the American Board of Periodontology. Preparation for the certification process is an integral part of the curriculum, and all graduates are expected to achieve diplomate status of the American Board of Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery.

The curriculum provides a sound foundation in those basic sciences and medical sciences with direct application to clinical periodontology and implantology. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based clinical practice in order to select appropriate therapies rooted in scientific evidence in order to achieve predictable outcomes.

The USC Advanced Periodontology Program is designed to train clinicians with the in-depth knowledge and advanced skills to practice clinical periodontology at the highest level. Residents will acquire expertise in diagnosis and treatment of patients with periodontal and peri-implant diseases by controlling inflammation, regeneration of the periodontium or peri-implant tissues, as well as replacement of hopeless teeth with dental implants. Residents develop the theoretical and advanced knowledge and skills required for reconstruction of alveolar bone and oral soft tissues using cutting-edge methods. During the course of the study, periodontology residents work very closely with other disciplines in delivering complex interdisciplinary patient care. Clinical experience in pharmacosedation will also be provided. Clinical training to the level of competency will be offered in adult minimal enteral and moderate parenteral sedation as prescribed by the ADA Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students.

Required Courses


Total units: 183


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