A representative of the sponsoring organization determines patients' socioeconomic eligibility, and a volunteer dentist or nurse classifies their dental need by degree of urgency. The USC Mobile Clinic treats those children with the most urgent needs first and then as many children with less pressing needs as possible. More than 90 percent of the children visiting the USC Mobile Clinic are seeing a dentist for the first time.
Following each clinic, the sponsoring organization receives a summary describing the treatment rendered and any further treatment needed for each patient. Dentists within the community provide follow-up care at each location.