The graduate certificate in geriatric dentistry program is designed to prepare practicing dentists and dental hygienists who have already completed their professional training in general or advanced dentistry or dental hygiene to acquire a greater understanding of gerontology and geriatrics. Dental hygienists must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in order to apply for the program. The program consists of a total of 12 units of course work delivered online and in-person in which the students will gain knowledge about older adults from a variety of perspectives, focusing on those topics that will have a direct impact on professional practice.
Clinical privilege status is not required for any of the course work. Students admitted to the non-degree certificate program are expected to enroll each semester until the program is completed.
There are seven required courses (6 online and one residential) and no electives. As part of the required curriculum, all students will attend USC for a two-week period during the summer trimester following completion of the didactic courses, for a knowledge assessment course (GDEN 710). This course will consist of reviews, practical demonstrations and assessment activities.