Oral Pathology and Radiology

Oral Pathology and Radiology Dentistry Certificate Program

Our Oral Pathology and Radiology Certificate Program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing clinicians who want to gain experience in Oral Pathology and Radiology. This hybrid (onsite and online) program teaches graduates the clinical and didactic skills necessary to evaluate and manage patients with oral diseases. It focuses on clinical, pathological, and radiological correlations as applied to clinical practice. CBCT technology and applications are the focus of radiological education. This program is led by expert faculty in oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral medicine, and orofacial pain, and the emphasis is on gaining skills in clinical diagnosis and management to directly impact professional practice.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall – July 15th
  • Spring – November 15th
  • Summer – April 15th

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Student TypeUS/International Dental and Medical Professionals
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12
Courses10 courses
Units12
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$2035 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

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Online Courses

Fall

OPR 704 Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Medicine (2 Units)

Review of oral diseases affecting the oral cavity and their management, which includes developmental conditions, pigmented lesions, Immune-Mediated and Allergic Conditions, mucosal and connective tissue abnormalities.

OPR 730 Clinical Cases in Oral Pathology and Radiology (2 Units)

During this course, the students will prepare an e-portfolio, demonstrating the ability to apply the knowledge to different cases and scenarios.  This course has multiple elements including:

  • Weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases that have been posted on the blackboard for discussion and analysis.
  • Based on these weekly discussions the residents will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver to the entire group’s file exchange folder within two to three weeks after the assignment.
  • Finally, the student will be expected to select, prepare and defend the e-Portfolio, answering questions from a Faculty panel.

Spring

OPR 701 Bone Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial  Radiology (1 Unit)

This course will focus on the interpretation of hard tissue imaging studies. The role of conventional dental imaging in the diagnosis of head and neck pathology will be covered along with the basics of various medical radiographic modalities such as MRI, PET-Scan, and CT. Moreover, we will review hard tissue and bone pathology affecting the jaws and other maxillofacial structures.

OPR 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 Units)

The purpose of this course is to educate dental graduate students about the general pharmacologic principles and appropriate use of specific pharmaco-therapeutic classes of drugs including but not limited to anti-bacterial agents, NSAIDs; COX-2s; corticosteroids, DMARDs, opioids, anxiolytics, salivary-modulators; anti-convulsants, anti-spasmotics, anti-virals, anti-fungals, oral rinses, and topical agents; and injectable agents. In addition, this course will introduce the student to the use of pharmacology software, P450, and adverse drug reactions and Drug-Drug interactions. It is necessary for students to have foundational knowledge about these disorders, including their pathobiology, clinical presentation, and the evidence basis for treating each problem will also be required. This course is run in a lecture format and all attendees are required to view the lectures.

OPR 703 General and Systemic Human Pathology  (1 Unit)

This course reviews disease mechanisms and principles through discussion of the pathological entities associated with each organ system.  Fundamentals of disease processes including developmental, inflammatory, and neoplastic conditions are illustrated by means of clinicopathological material and case studies.

Summer

OPR 708 Diagnostic Radiology (1 Unit)

This course is a case-based format radiology course where the instructor will review interesting head and neck radiological cases with the students. In addition, the course will cover images interpretation using conventional and advance dental imaging such as MRI, CBCT, and CT Scan. Moreover, we will review the normal anatomy of hard tissue at the jaws and other maxillofacial structures.

OPR 702 Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine (2 Units)

This course is an overview of the evaluation and management of patients with primary oral conditions and also oral diseases related to systemic pathology. Oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases will be discussed.

On-Ground Courses

Summer

OPR 732 Knowledge Assessment (1 Unit)

This is a 1.0 unit course where residents must attend the USC campus. This course is given during the summer trimester at the end of the program. The essential elements of this course are detailed below:

  1. Several intensive calibration/training/seminar sessions will be provided by various faculty during the first week of the course. The specific content of these sessions is based on the content that the resident is expected to have mastered by the end of the program.
  2. Also in the first week of the course will be multiple practical demonstrations of methods and techniques as well as calibration training in all of these methods.
  3. After these review and practical demonstration sessions are finished, the resident will be given five types of examinations (each exam worth 20% of their grade) including:
  • A short essay examination will be provided. The essay questions on this test will be based on the 100+ cases and associated case questions that were covered in the weekly video conference.
  • A 100 item multiple-choice/short answer comprehensive based on content for the various courses covered during the year.
  • Multiple different OSCE examinations designed to evaluate the resident’s competence in Clinical Pathology and Radiology tasks.
  • An oral examination by a faculty panel (at least 2 faculty) will be given individually to each resident and the resident will be expected to respond (provide an oral explanation of how they would diagnose and manage a set of cases). The cases we use on this oral examination will be drawn from the cases which were covered in the weekly video conference sessions.
  • A virtual patient competency test will be given to each resident. The resident will be required to interview and diagnose and recommend treatment procedures for each virtual patient.

Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

Oral Pathology and Radiology Dentistry Certificate Program

Our Oral Pathology and Radiology Certificate Program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing clinicians who want to gain experience in Oral Pathology and Radiology. This hybrid (onsite and online) program teaches graduates the clinical and didactic skills necessary to evaluate and manage patients with oral diseases. It focuses on clinical, pathological, and radiological correlations as applied to clinical practice. CBCT technology and applications are the focus of radiological education. This program is led by expert faculty in oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral medicine, and orofacial pain, and the emphasis is on gaining skills in clinical diagnosis and management to directly impact professional practice.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dental and Medical Professionals
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12
Courses10 courses
Units12
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$2035 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually
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Curriculum

The Oral Pathology and Radiology Dentistry Certificate  is a 12.5 month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 12.5 month period.

Online Courses

Fall

OPR 704 Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Medicine (2 Units)

Review of oral diseases affecting the oral cavity and their management, which includes developmental conditions, pigmented lesions, Immune-Mediated and Allergic Conditions, mucosal and connective tissue abnormalities.

OPR 730 Clinical Cases in Oral Pathology and Radiology (2 Units)

During this course, the students will prepare an e-portfolio, demonstrating the ability to apply the knowledge to different cases and scenarios.  This course has multiple elements including:

  • Weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases that have been posted on the blackboard for discussion and analysis.
  • Based on these weekly discussions the residents will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver to the entire group’s file exchange folder within two to three weeks after the assignment.
  • Finally, the student will be expected to select, prepare and defend the e-Portfolio, answering questions from a Faculty panel.

Spring

OPR 701 Bone Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial  Radiology (1 Unit)

This course will focus on the interpretation of hard tissue imaging studies. The role of conventional dental imaging in the diagnosis of head and neck pathology will be covered along with the basics of various medical radiographic modalities such as MRI, PET-Scan, and CT. Moreover, we will review hard tissue and bone pathology affecting the jaws and other maxillofacial structures.

OPR 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 Units)

The purpose of this course is to educate dental graduate students about the general pharmacologic principles and appropriate use of specific pharmaco-therapeutic classes of drugs including but not limited to anti-bacterial agents, NSAIDs; COX-2s; corticosteroids, DMARDs, opioids, anxiolytics, salivary-modulators; anti-convulsants, anti-spasmotics, anti-virals, anti-fungals, oral rinses, and topical agents; and injectable agents. In addition, this course will introduce the student to the use of pharmacology software, P450, and adverse drug reactions and Drug-Drug interactions. It is necessary for students to have foundational knowledge about these disorders, including their pathobiology, clinical presentation, and the evidence basis for treating each problem will also be required. This course is run in a lecture format and all attendees are required to view the lectures.

OPR 703 General and Systemic Human Pathology  (1 Unit)

This course reviews disease mechanisms and principles through discussion of the pathological entities associated with each organ system.  Fundamentals of disease processes including developmental, inflammatory, and neoplastic conditions are illustrated by means of clinicopathological material and case studies.

Summer

OPR 708 Diagnostic Radiology (1 Unit)

This course is a case-based format radiology course where the instructor will review interesting head and neck radiological cases with the students. In addition, the course will cover images interpretation using conventional and advance dental imaging such as MRI, CBCT, and CT Scan. Moreover, we will review the normal anatomy of hard tissue at the jaws and other maxillofacial structures.

OPR 702 Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine (2 Units)

This course is an overview of the evaluation and management of patients with primary oral conditions and also oral diseases related to systemic pathology. Oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases will be discussed.

On-Ground Courses

Summer

OPR 732 Knowledge Assessment (1 Unit)

Knowledge-based assessment course requiring each student to successfully pass a set of examinations (Essay, MCQ, OSCE, Virtual Patient and Oral-Viva Voce) in order to demonstrate competency.

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Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

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