Length of Program: 2 Quarters

Number of Positions: 4 (for both 1 year ACT and 6-month Preceptorship)

Program Director: Dr. Sunil Kapila

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 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.

Read More

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.

Selection Process & Factors

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement

  • English language proficiency

  • Content of confidential reports

  • Content of personal statement

A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance.

Program Fees

Fees: $17,700 per quarter (subject to change)

Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200 (non-refundable)

Refund Policy:


100% for each quarter

100% refund

10 weeks before start of quarter

50% refund

5 weeks before start of quarter


less than 5 weeks before start of quarter

Contact Us

Susana Hidalgo, Postgraduate Programs Officer
Phone: (310) 825-7478