Biomedical Sciences — Certificate

Currently not accepting students into this program.

Program director
Daniel E. Tan

The program is intended to provide postbaccalaureate experience in the rapidly changing area of biodental sciences. As such, it will augment other career choices or improve the preparation for professional training in dentistry. Students accepted into the Biomedical Sciences Program certificate curriculum enroll in basic science and restorative dentistry courses with first-year dental students. Faculty who handle first-year courses are responsible for teaching  students in this program.

Students in the certificate program complete their studies in one academic year of full-time commitment. 

Although several of the courses may share lecture experience and tests with the dental program, such courses will not be transferred to the D.D.S. degree program; and students subsequently admitted to the D.D.S. degree program should expect to take, and pay for, the normal D.D.S. degree curriculum.

Applicants to the Biomedical Sciences Program certificate curriculum must satisfy the same requirements as those applying to the dental program at Loma Linda University; that is, they will have completed a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) with a course of study that includes a year each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and general physics. Applicants are required to take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and achieve a minimum score of 20 on each part.

Students are currently required to complete 34 units of courses selected by the program coordinator.  The certificate curriculum is developed in consultation with the executive associate dean and will typically include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, restorative dentistry courses, and three units of religion.

ANAT 511Human Anatomy for Dentists I5
ANAT 512Human Anatomy for Dentists II5
DNES 700Orientation to Tooth Morphology2
DNES 705Etiology and Management of Dental Caries2
ODRP 501Principles of Microbiology DN4
PHSL 503Biochemical Foundations of Physiology4
PHSL 505Homeostatic Mechanisms of the Human Body5
RELE 567World Religions and Bioethics3
RESD 701Restorative Dentistry I Lecture2
RESD 701LRestorative Dentistry I Laboratory2
Total Units34

Normal time to complete the program

1 year — full-time enrollment required