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.

 Register for Professional Advancement Courses

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

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

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

Summer 2022
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

    The deadline for Summer 2022 registration is May 25, 2022.


COH 704 Environmental Health Sciences  

Environmental factors affecting community health and evidence-based approaches to control or reduce the risks of these health problems.


COH 706 Foundations and Strategies in Health Education

Examines the impact of education in community health, identifying strategies to engage and empower the members of the community to achieve health and wellness.

COH 716 Healthcare Communication Technology

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


The deadline for Summer 2022 registration is May 25, 2022.

Fall 2022

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.

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


OFP 730a Case Portfolio

Case-based weekly discussions of cases related with complex orofacial pain and oral medicine conditions.


The deadline for Fall 2022 registration is August 27, 2022.

PAIN 701 Pharmacotherapeutics for Pain

This course will provide an introduction into the complex area of treatment with opioids, as well as the many other pharmacological options.


The deadline for Fall 2022 registration is August 27, 2022.

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