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USC Catalogue 2018-2019 
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Advanced Periodontology Certificate

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The advanced periodontology program offers two options: (1) a 36-month, 183-unit course of study leading to a certificate of clinical training in periodontology, or (2) a dual 36-month, 183-unit program leading to both a certificate of clinical training in periodontology and a Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology. 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.

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 has a strong clinical component. Residents will acquire expertise in diagnosis and treatment of patients with periodontal diseases by controlling inflammation, regeneration of the periodontium where appropriate or replacement of hopeless teeth with dental implants. Residents receive extensive training in reconstruction of alveolar bone and soft tissues using advanced methods necessary for esthetic and functional periodontal and implant reconstruction. 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.

Required Courses

Total units: 183

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