Oral Biology Preceptor Program
Oral Biology is the gateway to the scientific future of dentistry. The UCLA School of Dentistry offers a special and unique Oral Biology Preceptor Program. The goal of the OB preceptor program is to provide additional scientific educational experiences to dentists, or to provide an introductory overview to dentists who want to pursue a career in dental academia or in dental research. The program will enhance your understanding of the science of dentistry, and give you the knowledge and tools to build a better clinical practice by utilizing the resources of one of the best dental research programs in the United States. Under the guidance of internationally-recognized professors and researchers, you will learn about state-of-the-art dental technology and cutting-edge dental research, and you will be able to communicate one-on-one with leaders in both of these areas.
The program is structured to fit into UCLA’s Oral Biology Master’s Degree Program. Trainees attend school on a full-time basis, quarter by quarter beginning in the Fall Quarter of each calendar year. They attend classes with the currently enrolled Master’s Degree students. The curriculum includes lectures, seminars, current literature reviews and presentations.
Selected Oral Biology Course Titles
(Full Course Descriptions are in the Online Catalog):
- Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology
- Fundamentals of Immunology
- Pro-Seminar in Oral Biology Research
- Oral Embryology and Histology
- Craniofacial Growth and Development
- Oral Biology Seminar
- Developmental Neuro-Endocrine Immunology
- Genomics and Proteomics
- Clinical Immunology & Lymphology Seminar
- Current Topics in Oral Immunology
- Methodology in Research Design and Data Analysis
- Scientific Ethics
A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Length of Program
The full preceptor program is three quarters for the required Master’s Degree course work: , Fall Quarter; Winter Quarter; Spring Quarter. However, it may take more than three quarters to finish any additional elective courses in which the trainee may be interested. Trainees enrollment MUST start in the Fall Quarter.
We look forward to your joining us to learn this incredible science for your practice!
Fees: $4,700 per quarter (subject to change)*
Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200
International Student Fee: $1,300 (only for those requesting I-20s for F-1 student status)
*Fees are due two weeks prior to the first day of the academic quarter
Applicants must submit all of the following materials:
- Official dental education transcripts translated into English
- 3 from people with knowledge of the applicant’s skills and potential
- for people with English as a second language (An interview in English may also be required)
- One-time, non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (the application fee must be paid in US dollars in the form of a check drawn from a US-affiliated bank, cashier's check, or money order made payable to UC Regents.)
All application materials must be sent directly to:
Office of Student Affairs
If you wish to use a courier service please use the following address:
Incomplete files will not be considered.
Application Deadline: June 1, with classes to begin in the Fall Quarter (September) of that same year.
Upon Acceptance: There is a non-refundable fee of $1,300 due after acceptance for those who need an I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa. There is also a $200 certificate fee to confirms your acceptance of the program. These fees are not applied towards your tuition and are non-refundable.
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic standing during dental training
- English proficiency
- Content of confidential reports
- Future plans
All trainees who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or on a visa status authorized for enrollment in full-time studies must enter the United States on an F-1 visa. The 1-20AB necessary for application for an F-1 visa is processed by the School’s International Advisor. This is a non-immigrant visa which presumes you are in the United States for the purpose of studying for a limited time. The I-20AB request form will be sent to you after acceptance to the program.
Health Insurance & Clearance
All foreign students attending UCLA are required to be insured under an adequate medical insurance plan during all periods of registration. Medical insurance is not provided by UCLA for trainees, and trainees cannot be seen at the on-campus student health facility. The School of Dentistry requires that you obtain a health clearance prior to enrollment in the program for individual and community health reasons. The health clearance must include a complete physical examination and demonstration of immunity to certain communicable diseases. Annual monitoring for tuberculosis will also be necessary.