The resources below are available to assist students and residents in areas related to completion of the academic program.
The business office manages student accounts, including posting of all charges; collecting payments; and issuing reimbursements.
Under direction of the associate dean of student services, this office is responsible for recruiting and advising potential students, coordinating admissions and pre-dental programs, managing admissions committee activities and directives, and providing consultation and assistance in nonacademic areas including student government, clubs and organizations, financial aid, health, insurance, and housing. Student Services also plans and supervises all student retreats.
The school maintains a listing of off-campus, privately-owned apartments for interested students. The school does not endorse, investigate, or guarantee the tenability of listings or suitability of those responding to any off-campus listing.
Financial aid is available only to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens. Loans and grant funds are available from private, state, and federal sources. The financial aid office assists students in managing their financial resources and their indebtedness. It also provides comprehensive financial guidance for every student applying for financial aid to help them find the best funding option. Eligibility for most available financial aid funds is based on demonstrated financial need. An applicant must be approved for admissions before financial aid can be awarded.
Complete information about the types of financial aid available and the application process can be obtained from our website at www.dental.pacific.edu or from the financial aid staff in the Office of Student Services.
The student store stocks equipment, books, and supplies for the educational program. It is available for students, faculty, and staff. Merchandise is also available from the store's website, www.dentalstudents.com.
First-Year Retreat and Counseling
First-year students participate in a mandatory two-day retreat in San Francisco shortly after matriculation. Through presentations, small group activities, and interactions with faculty and administrators, new students are acquainted with the various aspects and demands of the educational program. A half-day service learning experience at locations in the Bay Area is an important part of first-year retreat.
Many faculty members who teach first-year courses serve as advisors to new students to provide friendly ears and sounding boards for their concerns and to assist them in the transition from undergraduate to professional education. Students are assigned an advisor at the beginning of their first year. Second- and third-year students have access to their assigned group practice leader as well as course directors and other faculty members.
Academic counseling is provided by advisors as well as course directors, faculty members, and the associate and assistant deans for academic affairs. Referral to professional health care counseling is available; however the school cannot warrant the services of external health care providers. (Students should become familiar with the procedures of such counselors before engaging the services.) Services of a psychologist trained in student stress and study skills problems are available to students on an on-call and drop-in basis.
Pacific Health Services (PHS), part of the university's Division of Student Life, maintains a clinic at the School of Dentistry. Dental students who are enrolled full-time and have submitted the required health history form and immunization records are eligible for care at any PHS clinic. The on-site nurse practitioner is supported by an extended professional staff that includes a supervising physician, other nurse practitioners, and a registered dietitian. Services available to students include health education, wellness information, and direct care during illness.
All dental students are charged a health service fee of $60 each quarter. The fee covers nurse practitioner services, nutritionist services (mostly by phone), and health and wellness management. The health services fee does not cover student health insurance, the cost of some procedures, the cost of medications, or costs incurred as a result of outside referrals.
Dental and orthodontic treatment benefits are available at the School of Dentistry during regular clinic hours for students in good standing and their spouses and children living at home. Students and their spouses/children who request and are accepted for dental care pay at a reduced rate established by clinic administration.
The school recognizes the strong philanthropic support enjoyed by the school with walls of honor, plaques, and badges. Thousands of the school's generous alumni and students, faculty, staff, friends, foundations, corporations, and organization donors have helped to build clinics and classrooms, provide scholarships, fund faculty positions, provide dental care to patients, and support numerous projects that keep the dental school strong.
The Office of Marketing & Communication directs communications and marketing programs to increase the visibility of the dental school and to enhance its identity to various constituents. The marketing & communication team promotes not only the dental school, but also the school's students, faculty, staff, alumni, and clinics, through effective media relations, Web communications, event planning, publication development, and marketing strategies.
The Division of Continuing Dental Education provides dynamic and multidisciplinary continuing education programs for members of the dental profession. Program formats include didactic, laboratory workshops, hands-on clinical sessions with live-patient treatment, on-line delivery, or any combination thereof. Programs lengths vary, and include half-day, full-day, and multiple sessions. CDE offers more than 60 courses each year that are presented by many of the profession's outstanding leaders and educators. Annual attendance at clinical and lecture presentations exceeds 3,000 dentists and dental auxiliaries. Courses are offered at the dental school as well as at select locations throughout California and the United States. The division also sponsors learning and travel programs abroad, the next being planned for 2016 in Italy.
Pacific dental students, faculty, and staff receive discounted rates to attend continuing dental education courses offered by the division. Tuition charges are minimal for students, and substantially reduced for faculty and staff, depending on the program. Pacific dues-paying alumni members receive a 10% discount on most CDE programs offered by the division.