Basic Dental Principles

The UCLA School of Dentistry offers a unique learning experience for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who wish to explore a career in dentistry.

 Pre-doctoral student teaching a undergraduate student

The Basic Dental Principles (BDP) program is made up of a two-quarter lecture series, followed by a two quarter laboratory course for students who perform exceptionally well in the lecture course. The BDP Lecture Series covers a variety of topics designed to introduce pre-dental students to the scope of dentistry. It is taught by a select group of third year UCLA dental students who are participating in a faculty-mentored Teaching Apprenticeship.Pre-doctoral students teaching a BDP course

The BDP Laboratory Course exposes  pre-dental students to the ‘hands on’ aspects of dentistry through technique lectures and clinical exercises taught by second year UCLA dental students who are also participating in the Teaching Apprenticeship.

If you are an undergraduate student looking to better familiarize yourself with the field of dentistry and would like to gain a better understanding of what a career in dentistry would be like, please contact the BDP Course Directors at