Professional Advancement Courses

Professional Advancement Courses

One of the clinician’s biggest challenges is keeping up with the advances of the different disciplines in health sciences. In order to provide an educational alternative that offers training in specific subjects and develop particular skills, we offer the modality of Professional Advancement Courses.

We offer 1-unit and 2-units courses, and the student has access to recorded material and live sessions. Each week, there is an interactive recorded lecture with embedded activities as well as a discussion session with faculty and peers. Once the course is completed, the participant is eligible to earn a digital badge* upon completing two additional activities:

  1. Participation in an in-person session (2 days on campus) to learn specific skills related to the course. These sessions are scheduled in the new Clinical Skills Center at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
  2. Presentation of a 3-case portfolio with clinical cases related to the content of the course.

Register for Professional
Advancement Courses

To enroll in Professional Advancement Courses, you will need to:

  1. Contact our online program’s admission team at ostrowon@usc.edu
  2. Fill out an application form
  3. Submit a $100 application fee

Please note: financial aid is not available for Professional Advancement Courses.

*A Digital Badge is an indicator of an earned skill, which the participant obtains if they satisfactorily complete the course and both additional activities (in-person session and 3-case portfolio). The badge does not provide additional academic credits or continuing education units and is designed solely to attest training

OFPM-705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains

The purpose of this course is to discuss the prevalence, differential diagnosis, prevention and management (or referral as needed) for the various neurogenic orofacial pain disorders and headache disorders occurring in the oral, maxillofacial and neck regions. This is an online course, with weekly recorded interactive lectures. The participant will have access to the USC library and the manual for the course is provided.

Topics include:

  • Neurogenic OFP disorders
  • Causes of Pulpalgia other than caries and cracked tooth
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Neuropathic Orodental Pain
  • Prevention and treatment of NPP
  • Diagnosis and Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Burning Mouth Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuritis, Neural Trauma, and Dental Implant Pain

COH-716 Healthcare Communication Technology

To review systems and applications of the emerging technology of Telehealth for the patient and professional health-related education and applications for patient access to care.

Upon completion of the course, each graduate learner will understand and know:

  • Recognize the use of technology as part of the options for patient’s education and care provision.
  • Discuss the legal implications and applications for a telehealth service.
  • Conduct an interview with a patient through a telehealth model.

OFPM-723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea

The purpose of this course is to discuss the presentation, diagnosis, and management of oral motor disorders and sleep-disordered breathing, providing knowledge about the general issues of physiology associated with the masticatory system. This is an online course, with weekly recorded interactive lectures. The participant will have access to USC library and the manual for the course is provided.

Topics include:

  • Sleep Disorders: What are they?
  • Interview, Questionnaires, Examination Methods
  • Polysomnography and Portable Sonography
  • Endothelial Dysfunction
  • Brain Damage & Other Medical Complications of SDB
  • MAD devices what are they?
  • Creating and Inserting a MAD
  • CPAP Treatment methods
  • Combination Treatment Methods
  • Surgical methods for assisting airway
  • Other Methods of SDB Treatment.
  • Nasal Airway and OSA
  • Bruxism and OSA NEW
  • Clenching, Bruxism
  • Involuntary Motor disorders (dyskinesia, dystonia, EPS)
  • Splint and Bruxism
  • Counterstimulation
  • Chemodenervation with BoTN-A
  • BoNT-A for OMD (Bruxism)
  • Bite force
  • Masticatory Muscle Physiology
  • Erosion, Attrition, Abrasion, Abfraction

COH-716 Healthcare Communication Technology

To review systems and applications of the emerging technology of Telehealth for the patient and professional health-related education and applications for patient access to care.

Upon completion of the course, each graduate learner will understand and know:

  • Recognize the use of technology as part of the options for patient’s education and care provision.
  • Discuss the legal implications and applications for a telehealth service.
  • Conduct an interview with a patient through a telehealth model.

OFPM-706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Physical Therapy

The purpose of this course is to discuss the prevalence, differential diagnosis, prevention and management (or referral as needed) for the common and uncommon temporomandibular, arthrogenous, motor, mobility and growth disorders occurring in the oral, maxillofacial and neck regions. This is an online course, with weekly recorded interactive lectures. The participant will have access to USC library and the manual for the course is provided.

Topics include:

  • TMJ Anatomy
  • Masticatory and Cervical Anatomy
  • Definitions and Epidemiology of TMDs
  • Diagnosis of Internal Derangements
  • Diagnosis of Acute and Chronic Muscle Pain
  • Diagnosis of Uncommon TMDs
  • Collagen Vascular Diseases and Vasculitis
  • Diagnosis of TMJ Arthritis
  • Treatment of Internal Derangements
  • Treatment of Acute and Chronic Muscle Pain
  • Treatment of TMJ Arthritis
  • Splints for Clenching and Bruxism
  • Surgical Intervention for TMJ disease
  • Behavioral Treatment for TMD

The deadline for Fall 2020 registration is August 21, 2020.

COH-716 Healthcare Communication Technology

To review systems and applications of the emerging technology of Telehealth for the patient and professional health-related education and applications for patient access to care.

Upon completion of the course, each graduate learner will understand and know:

  • Recognize the use of technology as part of the options for patient’s education and care provision.
  • Discuss the legal implications and applications for a telehealth service.
  • Conduct an interview with a patient through a telehealth model.

The deadline for Fall 2020 registration is August 21, 2020.

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