Oral Pathology and Radiology

 

Overview – Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC offers a Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology. Our 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 do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12.5 months
Courses10 courses
Units13
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*$1928 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

Curriculum

Summer Semester: Total of 3 Units

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

Review of hard tissue and bone pathology affecting the jaws and other maxillofacial structures. The role of conventional dental x-rays versus cone-beam CT scans will be discussed. Interpretation of hard tissue imaging studies including CBCT scans will be discussed, with emphasis on clinical applications related to oral pathology diagnosis.

OPR 702 Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine (1 Unit)

Overview of the evaluation and management of patients with primary oral conditions and also of oral diseases related to systemic pathology. Oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases will be discussed.

OPR 703 General and Systemic Human Pathology (1 Unit)

Review of 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.

Fall Semester: Total of 5 ½ Units

OPR 704 Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Medicine (3 Units)

Review of soft tissue diseases affecting the oral cavity and their management, which includes mucosal and connective tissue abnormalities

OPR 707 Oral Pharmacology and Clinical Prescribing (2 Units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of clinical oral pathology and medicine, including chronic orofacial pain conditions

OPR 730a Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

This course has multiple elements including:

  • (A) Weekly online (web-based) conferences, presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases that have been posted on blackboard for discussion and analysis.
  • (B) 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.

Spring Semester: Total of 3 Units

OPR 705 Oral Histopathology and Surgical Pathology (2 Units)

Review of common and rare oral pathology focusing on microscopic findings and clinicopathologic correlation.

OPR 706 Evidence-Based Practice (1 Unit)

Discussion of patient cases and how to use the literature for daily clinical practice.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 ½ Units

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.

OPR 730b Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

Progressively across two trimesters, the residents will be expected to select, prepare and defend their Portfolio. This will include presentation and defense of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented. These 6 cases constitute the portfolio, which is due at the end of the program.

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.

Overview – Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC offers a Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology. Our 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 do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12.5 months
Courses10 courses
Units13
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*$1928 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

Curriculum

Summer Semester: Total of 3 Units

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

Review of hard tissue and bone pathology affecting the jaws and other maxillofacial structures. The role of conventional dental x-rays versus cone-beam CT scans will be discussed. Interpretation of hard tissue imaging studies including CBCT scans will be discussed, with emphasis on clinical applications related to oral pathology diagnosis.

OPR 702 Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine (1 Unit)

Overview of the evaluation and management of patients with primary oral conditions and also of oral diseases related to systemic pathology. Oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases will be discussed.

OPR 703 General and Systemic Human Pathology (1 Unit)

Review of 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.

Fall Semester: Total of 5 ½ Units

OPR 704 Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Medicine (3 Units)

Review of soft tissue diseases affecting the oral cavity and their management, which includes mucosal and connective tissue abnormalities

OPR 707 Oral Pharmacology and Clinical Prescribing (2 Units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of clinical oral pathology and medicine, including chronic orofacial pain conditions

OPR 730 Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

This course has multiple elements including:

  • (A) Weekly online (web-based) conferences, presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases that have been posted on blackboard for discussion and analysis.
  • (B) 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.

Spring Semester: Total of 3 Units

OPR 705 Oral Histopathology and Surgical Pathology (2 Units)

Review of common and rare oral pathology focusing on microscopic findings and clinicopathologic correlation.

OPR 706 Evidence-Based Practice (1 Unit)

Discussion of patient cases and how to use the literature for daily clinical practice.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 ½ Units

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.

OPR 731 Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

Progressively across these 3 trimesters, the residents will be expected to select, prepare and defend their Portfolio. This will include presentation and defense of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented. These 6 cases constitute the portfolio, which is due at the end of the program.

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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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