Continuing Education

Center for Health Professions

The Center for Health Professions at UCSF addresses the challenges faced by health care employees and develops programs and resources to help them make successful transitions to emerging health care systems. Programs are supported by private and public sources, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, California Endowment, California Wellness Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Continuing Dental Education

The Community Relations and Continuing Education office in the UCSF School of Dentistry offers lectures, workshops, travel programs and independent study programs for dental professionals. A list of courses is available on the school's Web site.

The School of Dentistry offers professional programs including a four-year program for a doctor of dental surgery degree; a two-year program for a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene; and postgraduate programs in advanced general dentistry, dental public health, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics.

A master of science and doctor of philosophy degree programs in oral biology also are available. A bachelor of science degree in dental sciences is available to dental students who have not already earned a bachelor's degree. All of these programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Continuing Medical Education

The UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education offers educational opportunities for physicians and other health care professionals to help improve their skills as practitioners. UCSF is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and offers over 200 courses a year, including grand rounds certified for CME credit, in all medical specialties serving over 13,000 participants. The Continuing Medical Education office is part of the UCSF School of Medicine.

The UCSF School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, ranked sixth among the 125 accredited medical schools in the country, according to a survey by U.S. News & World Report. The school is the third largest recipient of research funds from the National Institutes of Health, receiving $320.8 million a year.

For information about training programs in pediatrics, see the Department of Pediatrics website.

Continuing Nursing Education

The Department of Nursing at UCSF Medical Center sponsors continuing education courses for licensing and certification. These continuing education courses are approved for credit by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences. The nursing department also offers training programs to help recent nursing graduates qualify for medical center nursing jobs.

The School of Nursing offers master of science and doctorate degrees in specialties such as cardiovascular advanced practice nursing as well as primary care. The school is ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Six nursing specialties are ranked among the top 10 graduate specialty programs. Family and pediatric nurse practitioner programs were ranked No. 1 and the adult nurse practitioner program came in third. Both gerontological and psychiatric/mental health nursing programs were ranked third, and community and public health nursing tied for seventh place.

Pharmacy Education

The UCSF School of Pharmacy offers continuing education as well as other seminars, symposia and events. Information about the school's lifelong learning programs are available on its Web site.

UCSF's School of Pharmacy is ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers graduate degrees only. The programs include a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Ph.D. graduate programs and one program for a master of science degree. Postdoctoral programs offer advanced and specialized training for new clinicians and scientists alike. All programs are under the guidance of faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized.

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Information about pediatric training programs is available on the Department of Pediatrics website.

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UCSF Office of Continuing
Medical Education

3333 California St., Room 450
San Francisco, CA 94143-0742
Phone: (415) 476-4251
Fax: (415) 502-1795

Nursing Continuing Education
UCSF Medical Center
2233 Post St., Room 201
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-1993
Fax: (415) 353-8561

UCSF School of Dentistry
Community Relations and Continuing Education
707 Parnassus Avenue, Room D4010
San Francisco, CA 94143-0636
Phone: (415) 476-1101
Fax: (415) 476-3448

School of Pharmacy
521 Parnassus Ave., Room C156
San Francisco, CA 94143-0622
Phone: (415) 476-1225
Fax: (415) 476-0688

Center for Health Professions
3333 California St., Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 476-8181
Fax: (415) 476-4113