Program Description

The Advanced Specialty Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is designed to prepare the resident for practice of the specialty and to provide the foundation for the continued acquisition of knowledge and skills. Clinical surgical health care delivery is emphasized. The resident is introduced to research methodology and teaching to develop an increased awareness of their importance in assessing clinical procedures and patient management. The content of the program conforms to the Standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is designed to prepare the surgeon for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Four-year and six-year residency programs are available. An optional master of science (MS) degree or master of science in dentistry (MSD) degree track is available to students currently enrolled in the certificate program.

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Program Length

Four years

Possible Careers

Oral surgeon in a hospital or in private practice.

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

  1. The applicant must have a DDS or equivalent prior to entering the program.
  2. Official transcripts mailed directly from each post-secondary institution from which you have received credit, including colleges and dental school.
  3. A minimum cumulative dental school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Successful completion of the National Board Dental Examination Part I and Part II (when available). Official score report must be mailed from the ADA to Loma Linda University. Part I score must equal or exceed 86 if taken after January 1, 2007. Part I score prior to 2007 must equal or exceed 90.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have known and worked closely with you.
  6. Applicants must complete an additional application through the Postdoctoral Application Support System (PASS) and be registered with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match).


There are no specific courses required for this certificate. Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
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Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2017-2018

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Fees $3,992 $3,992 $3,992 $3,992
Books & Supplies $3,000
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $15,480 $15,480 $15,480 $15,480
Total $22,472 $19,472 $19,472 $19,472


Tuition is waived for those accepted into the 4-year program. A progressive stipend is offered.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2017-2018, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Months enrolled 12 12 12 12
Food and Housing
Miscellaneous Personal Costs


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.