- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Won Moon, DMD, MS
The Orthodontic Preceptorship is a full-time clinical and academic program for internationally trained dental school graduates and practitioners who seek introductory orthodontic clinical experience and knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to recognize patients requiring orthodontic therapy and understand the treatment modalities in achieving esthetic and functionally acceptable occlusion for patients with moderately severe malocclusion. This program is not intended for individuals who have already completed orthodontic training in their home countries and are seeking additional educational experiences. Please see the Orthodontics Advanced Preceptorship page if this is the case.
This program consists of classes with postgraduate trainees combined with observations and assisting in the clinics. The didactic curriculum includes a variety of lectures, seminars, and conferences that are incorporated into the program utilizing our new audiovisual conference room. Comprehensive learning in the biological sciences, human growth and development, and biomechanical principles of orthodontic theory are stressed. Controversial subjects are explored and applied to clinical care and research. Participants are exposed to complex and interesting cases, such as orthognathic surgery, TMD, and craniofacial anomalies in a forum designed to enhance the ability to successfully interact with professionals that have a variety of educational backgrounds.
Clinical education takes place in our state-of-the-art clinic where preceptors will work closely with orthodontic postgraduate trainees to gain clinical training dealing with a variety of patients under the close guidance of diverse and experienced faculties comprised of top practitioners. While preceptors are not permitted to engage in direct patient care, preceptors will have ample opportunity for observation and chair-side dental assisting. The program director and all full-time faculty members will be directly involved in clinical teaching of the preceptors.
For those who are interested in pursuing their education in orthodontic specialty, this program could be designed to enhance their qualification for the postgraduate program recognized by the American Dental Association. This program also provides many opportunities in research experience for those who are sincerely interested. Additionally, there are various avenues to participate in elective experiences such as teaching, research, society meetings (occasionally at an additional cost to the student), and social activities with other UCLA students and faculty. Preceptors will also meet on a regular basis with the program director in one-on-one base to discuss their progress in fulfilling the program's objectives and individual expectations.
Preceptors who complete a two-quarter program will not receive a certificate of completion. Only graduates of the one year Orthodontics International Postgraduate Training Program
Length of Program: 2 quarters (or 1 year for the ACT)
Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin. It is encouraged that preceptors begin during the summer or fall quarter and priority is given to applicants to the one year Orthodontics Advanced Clinical Training Program. However, consideration will be given to applicants who would like to begin in other quarters.
Number of Positions: 4 (for both 1 year ACT and 6 month Preceptorship)
Fees: $35,400 for 2 quarters or $55,800 for the 1 year ACT (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)
* Full fees are due one month after acceptance into the program.
- 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 or ECE Course-by-Course Report
- 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 (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.
Photocopies of official transcripts and TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: Deadlines vary depending on the initial quarter of enrollment.
Initial Quarter of Enrollment
|Summer (July – September)||March 31|
|Fall (late September – December)||June 1|
|Winter (January – March)||September 15|
|Spring (April – June)||December 15|
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 achievement
- English language proficiency
- Content of confidential reports
- Content of personal statement
Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
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.