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Mission Statement

The mission of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry (LSUSD) is to serve the needs of the citizens of the State of Louisiana by:

  • Educating future general dentists, specialists and allied dental professionals to provide excellent and current health care.
  • Providing a leadership role in research through investigating new approaches to the prevention and management of disease, developing innovative treatment modalities, expediting the transfer of knowledge for clinical use and enhancing health care delivery.
  • Providing health care services to the public and disseminating information to the dental community on a local, national and international level.

Statement of Commitment to Humanistic Culture

The faculty, staff, and students of the LSU School of Dentistry respect the values of the institution and the community. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical, academic, and clinical standards. Our commitment to a supportive environment with open and positive communication assures that each individual will meet their highest potential. These statements promote our commitment and explicit responsibility to humanistic culture, and support an environment and culture that promotes professional and ethical behavior among faculty, staff and students through a variety of programs and activities.


In all likelihood, the LSU School of Dentistry (LSUSD) has impacted your personal health care. Three out of every four dentists and dental hygienists practicing in Louisiana today are graduates of the school.

From a national perspective, LSUSD is unique among the more than 65 dental schools in the United States because it offers degrees in dentistry, dental hygiene and dental laboratory technology. By training students in all aspects of dentistry, LSUSD offers a level of training that has resulted in the school's reputation for outstanding clinical education. From 1972 to 2022, the LSU School of Dentistry has graduated over 6,000 dental health professionals by conferring degrees as follows:

Doctor of Dental Surgery:  The incoming freshman class is comprised of approximately 75 students. The grade-point average of the class is around 3.65 and the majority of students come from Louisiana.
Dental Hygiene:  Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Each year 32 students are accepted.
Dental Laboratory Technology:  This two-year program offers an Associate of Science and can accept up to 12 students.

In addition to these academic programs, LSUSD offers advanced training programs in the following areas:

  • Endodontics
  • General Dentistry Residency
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

LSUSD is committed to educating dentists and dental hygienists throughout their careers. The school enjoys a national reputation for its continuing education program, which attracts dentists from throughout the United States.

Providing service to our community through patient care and outreach programs is also a vital part of our mission. In fiscal year 2015, we had nearly 10,000 active patients with over 90,000 patient visits. We care for the poor, the elderly and the young. We also provide valuable outreach programs to educate children and adults about the importance of proper oral health.

Our students and faculty are affiliated with numerous health related institutions across the state. Institutional affiliations include:

  • Children's Hospital, New Orleans
  • University Medical Center, New Orleans
  • Southern Regional Research Medical Center (Chabert), Houma
  • Pinecrest Services and Supports Center, Pineville
  • Veteran's Affairs Hospital, New Orleans
  • Veteran's Affairs Hospital, Baton Rouge
  • Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
  • Baton Rouge General Hospital
  • Carolina Center for Oral and Facial Surgery
  • Ochsner Hospital for Children



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