Programs for International Dentists

Creating Global Professionals

The UCLA School of Dentistry has worked diligently to develop a variety of comprehensive and flexible advanced education programs for foreign trained dentists – professionals who add to our diverse clinical training environment.

We respect that each candidate has achieved a dental degree in another country and believe that UCLA, located in the heart of Los Angeles, has much to offer. Trainees will have access to world-renowned faculty at an internationally recognized dental school known for academic excellence with an emphasis on patient care, research, and community service.

 

PPID graduate students at Commencements
PPID graduate students at Commencements

Choose from five unique and versatile programs:

 

Professional Program for International Dentists

  • Our Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID) is a fully integrated, 2-year advanced standing program for foreign-trained dentists, culminating in a DDS degree.
     
  • Time Commitment: 2 Years

Residency Program for Graduates of Non-CODA Accredited Dental Schools

  • These postgraduate programs vary from one to six years, and international dentists can choose from six (6) CODA-accredited programs. Culminates in a certificate.

  • Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-3 years

Advanced Clinical Training Programs

  • We offer Advanced Clinical Training Programs* (ACTP) for those individuals looking for practical hands-on experience in nine (9) different specialties, culminating in a certificate.

  • Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-3 years

Preceptorship Programs

  • Our Preceptorship programs* are shorter in duration where trainees have more of an observer experience, culminating in a certificate.

  • Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-4 academic quarters

Continuing Education

  • Continuing Dental Education courses offer options of varying lengths and are designed with flexibility in mind for general dentists and dental specialists.

  • Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-3-day courses

*Advanced Clinical Training and Preceptorship Programs are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

We are committed to creating a safe and professional environment for all our trainees, and adhere to guidelines for immigration regulations, health insurance and clearance, and medical malpractice insurance.

Contact Us

Jasmine Vaca, Postgraduate Programs Officer
Phone: (310) 825-7478

postdds@dentistry.ucla.edu