Restorative Dentistry Preceptorship Program
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Richard G. Stevenson, DDS
The Restorative Dentistry Preceptorship Program is an intensive one-to-two-year program designed to provide internationally trained dentists with a strong fundamental understanding and advanced knowledge and skills in the broad realm of restorative dentistry. This is an excellent opportunity for those who seek additional restorative experiences to supplement what they have already learned through formal education and/or practice in didactic, teaching, and clinical formats.
The program will include lectures and laboratory sessions in operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, dental morphology and occlusion, esthetic dentistry, advanced restorative dentistry, conservative cast gold study club, and graduate treatment planning seminars. Preceptors will also work with clinical faculty when treating patients at the restorative dentistry clinic on the Westwood campus and at the Venice Dental Center.
Preceptors will be mentored by restorative dentistry faculty in both pre-clinical and clinical restorative dentistry techniques as taught at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and will learn to improve their own teaching skills as well in pre-doctoral restorative courses. Additionally, preceptors will be encouraged to engage in a directed project in restorative dentistry research leading to a publication submission. At the conclusion of the program, preceptors will obtain the knowledge and skills equivalent to those gained through a one or two-year postgraduate training program in restorative dentistry.
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: 1-2 years
Number of Positions: This program admits up to 12 preceptors at a time.
First Year: $27,600 per year (subject to change)*
Second Year: $35,600 per year (subject to change)*
*Please note that half of the tuition is due upon acceptance and the second half is due by the first day of the fall quarter.
Dental Kit: Preceptors will be responsible for purchasing dental supplies and an equipment kit upon arrival in the program. The approximate cost of this mandatory kit is $7,500, and will need to be purchased through the UCLA Health Sciences Store.
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: March 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:
- Language skills
- Content of application
- Activities/professional experience since graduating from dental school (Those who have been treating patients are desired.)
Accepted candidates are notified by email. Decisions will be available approximately one month after the application is submitted.
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.