MS/Certificate in Oral Pathology

Welcome to Ohio State’s Oral Pathology Residency Program

Our program is designed to provide the post-graduate dental resident with the clinical and microscopic skills necessary for the practice of oral pathology. However, we also seek to provide a well-rounded educational experience through an emphasis on critical evaluation of biomedical literature, teaching skills, and research design and protocol. Our goal is to create an informal environment that promotes higher learning and helps you emerge as a leader in the field of oral and maxillofacial pathology. 

Degree Granted

MS plus certificate*

Students Accepted


Program Length

36 months

Application Deadline

September 15

How to Apply

More About Our Program

The first year of the oral pathology residency is primarily devoted to the diagnostic aspects of specialty training, both clinical and histologic. Course work includes:

  • general pathology
  • oral pathology
  • pathology laboratory technique
  • surgical oral pathology
  • clinical rotations in oral diagnosis/medicine and oral radiology

The first half of the second year consists of hospital service, including:

  • three months in surgical pathology
  • one month in anatomic pathology (autopsy)
  • one month in clinical pathology (laboratory medicine)
  • one month in dermatopathology

A one-month elective rotation is also available in forensic pathology.

During the latter half of the second year and the entire third year, the majority of your time will be devoted to research. Each student is expected to develop and finish a research project to earn the Master of Science degree. During the last year you will also develop competence in the clinical and microscopic diagnosis of oral disease.

You will attend and participate in seminars, special clinics, conferences, lectures and clinical consultation sessions during the residency.

Questions? Contact Us

Jessica Maloney Almikhi
Program Coordinator
Office of Graduate Studies
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
305 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Learn More

Visit the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology page to learn more and view our faculty. 


The Oral Pathology Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:

Disclosure of Licensure and Certification Information

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at  Click on the link for State Dental Boards.