Cosmetic Surgery Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Cosmetic surgery programs in the U.S. can be found in many major universities throughout the country and may also be known as plastic surgery programs. There are several factors students should consider when choosing a cosmetic surgery program.

How to Select a Cosmetic Surgery School

For students interested in the field of cosmetic surgery, there are a wide variety of medical and surgical programs from which to choose. Interested students may want to examine a cosmetic surgery school's college of medicine, and then explore a school's plastic surgery division to get the most information. Since cosmetic surgery schools and universities admit a small number of students into residency and fellow programs each year, students may need to use the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) to help them find available cosmetic surgery residencies.

Further considerations for students pursuing this field:

  • Students can narrow their search by finding universities that offer programs in their particular field of interest such as reconstructive surgery, facial trauma surgery or pediatric cosmetic surgery.
  • Future cosmetic surgeons may want to look for a school that offers heavy hospital rotations and clinical research programs to help build a surgical resident's knowledge and experience.
  • Some programs will require experienced residents to supervise first-year students and attend surgical teaching conferences. Interested students should consider this extra responsibility before committing to a program.

Top 10 Cosmetic Surgery Schools

College/University Institution Type
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Stanford University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Johns Hopkins University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of California San Francisco 4-year, Public
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Washington University in St. Louis 4-year, Private non-for-profit
Yale University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Columbia University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Duke University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Chicago, Pritzker 4-year, Private, not-for-profit

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