- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS
The Periodontic Preceptorship seeks to provide advanced education in periodontics for an improved understanding of periodontology and surgical implantology. Designed for foreign-trained dentists, this program teaches preceptors the knowledge and skills necessary for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with a variety of periodontal diseases and conditions.
A series of seminars and lecture courses are available each quarter. The preceptor can discuss with the program director his/her educational interests and needs and an effort will be made to prepare a program that meets those needs. Topics include advanced implant dentistry, oral radiology, applied pharmacology, sedation procedures, implant treatment planning, periodontal microbiology, literature review, patient management, periodontal clinical techniques, and the nutrition and pathogenesis of periodontal disease.
Clinical practice will be limited to observation and chair-side assistance at pre-surgical and surgical procedures. Two clinically active faculty members are available during each clinic session while six residents are treating patients. As a result, preceptors get excellent faculty coverage, and they are exposed to a variety of treatment philosophies by periodontists who have diverse experiences. The preservation of periodontal supporting structures as well as the regeneration or reconstruction of lost periodontal/alveolar structures are emphasized. Treatment plans are coordinated with other dental specialties as indicated by the individual patient’s needs. Patient management skills are stressed, and preceptors are encouraged to consider all aspects of care with a biological and scientifically-based rationale.
Those interested in research may be able to collaborate in some of the ongoing research projects in the Section of Periodontics. Current areas of focus include the development of new surgical techniques to regenerate periodontal tissues, the role of bacteria and the patient’s immune system on periodontal disease, basic molecular biological approaches to cellular regeneration, and the observed association between periodontal infection and systemic health problems.
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: 1 – 4 quarters. Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire.
Number of Positions: 6 – 8
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 before the first day of the academic quarter.
- 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 A TOEFL score of 87 is required; 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
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 15|
|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:
- Successful completion of dental degree education
- English language proficiency
- Reason for seeking education in periodontics
- Content of confidential reports
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.