Restorative Dentistry Preceptorship
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Richard G. Stevenson III, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. A.B.O.D.
Professor of Clinical Dentistry
The Restorative Dentistry Preceptor Program is an intensive one-year program designed to provide internationally trained dentists with a strong fundamental understanding and an improved skills set in the broad realm of restorative dentistry.
Core Knowledge and Skills Development
The first quarter of the program will start with a series of Core Courses including Physical Diagnosis, Emergency Medicine, Dental Anesthesia and Pharmacology, Oral Facial Pain, and Hospital Dentistry. During this first quarter and continuing for the next two quarters, Preceptors will receive lectures and laboratory sessions in operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, dental morphology and occlusion, esthetic dentistry, digital dental photography, conservative cast gold study club, surgical and restorative implant dentistry, and treatment planning seminars.
A major portion of the program will be dedicated to hand skills development through the Skills I, II and III Course, which involve the completion of over 100 preparations and restorations/provisionals in the UCLA Simulation Laboratory under the careful mentorship of a master clinician. During the Skills Courses, Preceptors will learn to become proficient in the following restorative procedures: Composite and Amalgam Restorations, Gold Inlays and Onlays, Ceramic Inlays and Onlays, PFM’s, Full Gold Crowns, Ceramic Crowns and Veneers, including Provisional Mock-ups for Anterior Esthetic Cases. At the completion of the Skills Courses, Preceptors will have an instructor verified and documented portfolio of their work in the illustrated Restorative Project Book.
A course in Anterior Composite Mastery will include a 40-hour workshop aimed at providing Preceptors with the skills necessary to place seamless composite restorations, diastema closures, class IV composites and chair-side composite resin veneers.
Another special course will be in the preparation, laboratory work and delivery of a conservative cast gold restoration. In this 60-hour course, Preceptors will learn to perform all of the laboratory steps required to produce precision castings, including: pouring models, trimming dies, waxing patterns, investing, burn-out and casting, divesting, fitting the casting to the die, finishing and polishing, and cementation on an extracted tooth. The entire supplies required this course, including gold alloy will be provided as part of the tuition.
All Preceptors will receive training in Digital Dentistry via a 20-hour hands-on course in CAD/CAM restorations, using the Cerec Blue-Cam and MCXL Milling Unit. During the CAD/CAM course, lithium disilicate restorations will be designed, milled, stained, characterized, and glazed by each student.
Introduction to Clinical Dentistry
Preceptors will also work with clinical faculty while observing and assisting providers who are treating patients in the restorative dentistry clinics on the Westwood campus and at the Venice Dental Center. Preceptors will actively participate in numerous rotations including: Implant Center Consults and Treatment Planning, Westwood/Venice Dental Center Senior Select Program and Case Presentation Seminars, and the UCLA Richard V. Tucker Cast Gold Study Club. During the final quarter of the program, Preceptors will be instructed to become competent in the administration of local anesthetic, placement of rubber dam, impressions for study casts, esthetic face bows, centric relation records, cast mounting, comprehensive oral examinations, chart entries, SOAP notes, digital photography, risk-based diagnosis, and treatment planning and sequencing on an actual patient.
Preceptors will engage in a teaching experience as Assistant Lab/Clinical Instructors in the Dental Morphology and Occlusion Course, given to UCLA first-year Pre-doctoral students during the Spring Quarter.
Included in the tuition is attendance (including registration, travel and lodging) at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Academy of Operative Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois.
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 creativity project in restorative dentistry in either research leading to a publication submission or a clinical/teaching manual.
Although this is not a CODA accredited program, a certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The two year program has been approved by the American Board of Operative Dentistry for Challenging the ABOD Board Certification Examination. Many states in the U.S. allow 2-year graduates the opportunity for licensure. Please contact the individual states for specific requirements.
Length of Program: 1 year
Number of Positions: This program admits a maximum of 12 trainees per year
Fees: $34,780 per year (subject to change)*
*Please note that half of the fees are due upon acceptance and the second half is due by the first day of the fall quarter.
Dental Kit: Trainees will be responsible for purchasing dental supplies and an equipment kit upon arrival in the program. The approximate cost of this mandatory kit is $9,000, and will need to be purchased through the UCLA Health Sciences Store.
Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200
International Student Fee: $1,300 (only for those requesting I-20s for F-1 student status)
- Degree from a dental school accredited by the local government jurisdiction
- English language proficiency
Applicants must submit all of the following materials:
- 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/IELTS scores will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: March 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:
- 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 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.
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.