Pre-Dental Programs

Banner of Basic Dental Principles students and dental students instructors in a laboratory course and class of room settings.
Banner of Basic Dental Principles students and dental students instructors in a laboratory course and class of room settings.

The UCLA School of Dentistry offers several unique learning experiences to help undergraduate students or recent college graduates who want to explore a future career in dentistry.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Our post-baccalaureate program creates a pathway to better educational opportunities and careers in dentistry and the health sciences for underrepresented, disadvantaged college students or those close to graduating. The 1-year program offers comprehensive, hands-on experience to help increase their chances of being accepted into a DDS or DMD program.

Basic Dental Principles

Our Basic Dental Principles (BDP) Lecture Series cover a variety of topics that introduce undergraduate students to the scope of dentistry. The BDP Laboratory Course exposes participants to the ‘hands on’ aspects of dentistry through technique lectures and clinical exercises.

Volunteer Programs

We offer two volunteer options for interested students. The Clinic Volunteer program is an 80-hour, 6-month commitment for undergraduate students interested in a career in dentistry, and is designed to provide students with a multi-faceted introduction to patient care, in a dental school environment. The Research Volunteer program is for undergraduate students who are interested in dental research.

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: (310) 825-9789
muribe@dentistry.ucla.edu