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Program Overview

John Jones, D.D.S.
Program Director

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 1-year Orthodontics Advanced Clinical Training Program will receive certificates of completion. 

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

* Full fees are due one month after acceptance into the program.