The School of Dentistry

Since 1953, the School of Dentistry has graduated competent and compassionate oral health care professionals who contribute to the Loma Linda University Health mission of providing their patients “whole person” care. The school offers the doctor of dental surgery degree;  bachelor of science in dental hygiene; and master of science degrees and certification in advanced dental education programs for endodontics, implant dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. In addition, an International Dentist program gives dentists who have been trained in other countries an opportunity to earn a DDS degree at Loma Linda University.

In harmony with the University's focus on service, the School of Dentistry sponsors many extramural programs and conducts continuing education courses worldwide.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about a career in dentistry, and how Loma Linda University can fit into your plans.

The University

The School of Dentistry is only one of the schools that make up Loma Linda University. The schools are:

School of Allied Health Professions
School of Behavioral Health
School of Dentistry
School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy
School of Public Health
School of Religion

Loma Linda University is a health science university and part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's system of higher education. It provides an environment for learning that emphasizes individual commitment to Christ, personal integrity, intellectual development, and community service. Loma Linda University is part of an international Christian organization, dedicated to providing for the medical and spiritual needs of people in all countries.

We are located in the Inland Empire of San Bernardino County, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles in Southern California. The university is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Career information

To pursue a career in dentistry or dental hygiene is to pursue a field as diverse as its practitioners. Each brings the satisfaction of providing preventive or restorative oral health care to a population with ever changing needs in varied settings.

Dentistry and dental hygiene are rewarding "personal touch" professions which naturally encourage one-to-one patient relations. These careers lead to a lifestyle that is diversified in its professional activities, creative in its opportunity for flexibility of hours, and provides a challenging, independent, and satisfying work environment.

Dentists and dental hygienists are clinicians, teachers, researchers, and counselors, whose people-oriented profession may lead them into private practice, government agencies, public health, research, or education. As professionals, they utilize tremendous creative and artistic skill and dedication as they perform a vital role as members of today's oral health care team.

Now is an excellent time to pursue a career in dentistry or dental hygiene. As the world's understanding of preventive and restorative oral health care grows, so does the need for dental care givers and support staff. Loma Linda graduates are in demand in both private practice settings and in academic dentistry.