Endodontics Preceptorship Program
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Mo K. Kang, PhD, DDS, MS
The Section of Endodontics offers preceptorship training in endodontics to foreign- and domestic-trained dentists. This program will provide the most current training in the knowledge, techniques, and skills of clinical endodontics. The program consists of didactic training including literature reviews and treatment planning conferences, laboratory technique exercises, and clinical training with direct patient contact under faculty supervision.
Didactic Training: Participants will be exposed to several layers of didactic training in endodontics including seminars on selected topics of importance, guest lectures, and the annual distinguished lecture series. Seminars on various topics include issues with root resorption, endodontic surgeries, retreatments, periradicular pathology, pulpal inflammation, implants, patient management, etc. Participants are also engaged in a weekly review of endodontic literature that covers all aspects of non-surgical and surgical endodontics. Additionally, treatment planning conferences are offered on a weekly basis to discuss clinical cases of interest.
Technical Training: Participants will be assigned a space in the clinic to perform simulation cases on extracted teeth under faculty supervision. The clinic facility is equipped with surgical microscopes, X-ray machines, electric motors, vertical obturation systems, ultrasonic instruments, etc. Participants will perform root canal therapy on extracted teeth mounted on a typodont. Each case will be guided and evaluated by faculty.
Clinical Training: After demonstrating competency on simulation cases, participants may be allowed to have direct patient contact under faculty guidance. Clinical cases will be performed in the endodontic clinic fully equipped for contemporary endodontic techniques as described above. Participants will be introduced to the latest technology in endodontics by utilizing the full spectrum of rotary root canal instrumentation, new canal irrigation systems, vertical obturation technique, and the operating microscope. Each case will be evaluated by the attending faculty and may be discussed in the treatment planning conferences. Clinical training as part of the preceptorship program requires an annual enrollment into the program, starting in the summer quarter.
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 postgraduate students in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the American Dental Association, nor is it considered in the United States as evidence of advanced study or recognition of specialty training.
Length of Program: 1 year beginning in the summer quarter. Quarterly enrollment may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Number of Positions: At present, we accept four annual enrollees and one quarterly observer.
One-year Preceptors: $23,600 per year (fees are subject to change)*
- Half of the tuition for the one-year program is due prior to the start of the program, and the second half is due prior to the start of the fall quarter.
Observers: $4,500 per quarter (fees are subject to change)*
*Full tuition is due on or before the first day of the academic quarter.
All fees, including tuition, must be paid in US dollars in the form of a check drawn from a US-affiliated bank, cashier's check, money order, or cash made payable to UC Regents.
- Degree from a dental school accredited by the local government jurisdiction
- English language proficiency
Applicants must submit all of the following materials:
- UCLA Preceptorship Program Application
- Official dental education transcripts translated into English
- 3 confidential reports from people with knowledge of the applicant’s skills and potential
- Proof of English language proficiency for applicants with English as a second language ( As of January 2011, a TOEFL score is required; an interview in English may also be required)
- One-time, non-refundable application fee of $150.00**
All application materials must be sent directly to:
Office of Student Affairs
Incomplete files will not be considered.
Photocopies of official transcripts and TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: The Endodontics Preceptorship Program is a year-long program that starts in the summer quarter (July 1). However, quarterly enrollment may be allowed for special cases, in which deadlines vary depending on the initial quarter of enrollment.
Initial Quarter of Enrollment
|Summer (July – September)||March 15|
|Fall (late September – December)||June 1|
|Winter (January – March)||September 15|
|Spring (April – June)||December 15|
Upon Acceptance: There is a non-refundable registration fee of $400 due after acceptance to confirm your spot in the program. This fee is used to cover related administrative expenses.**
**All fees, including tuition, must be paid in US dollars in the form of a check drawn from a US-affiliated bank, cashier's check, money order, or cash made payable to UC Regents.
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement
- Clinical experience and aptitude
- Professionalism and maturity
Accepted candidates are notified by email. Decisions will be available two weeks after the application deadline.
All preceptors 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.
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 preceptorship students, and preceptors 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.