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Preceptorship and Fellowship Programs

The UCSF School of Dentistry offers a preceptorship program for domestic and international dental school graduates and practitioners through its Continuing Dental Education Department. The objective of the preceptorship program is to provide additional educational experiences to dentists in a specific area of subspecialty interest. The preceptors attend school on a full-time basis. The curriculum includes classes with postgraduate and undergraduate dental students and residents. It involves observation and participation in the clinics and operating rooms. The programs are structured to allow for personalized instruction. Upon completion of all program requirements, students receive a certificate of completion. The dental school currently accepts applications for preceptees in the following areas:

Please note, these programs are not intended to prepare individuals to practice a specialty.  It is expected that the individuals will return to their practice or country after gaining insights and improving their experience in a specialized area for practice, teaching, and patient benefit.

Requirements/ Prerequisites for Admission

The application deadlines for each academic module are as follows:

Fall Module (October 1- December 31)- Application Deadline June 15
Winter Module (January 1- March 31)- Application Deadline September 15
Spring Module (April 1-June 30)- Application Deadline December 15
Summer Module (July 1-September 30)- Application Deadline March 15

*Please note: Deadlines and modules for the AEGD program are different. Please visit AEGD for more details.

Applicants will be considered ONLY after ALL of the following materials are submitted.

  1. A complete application for admission to the preceptorship program
  2. An official transcript of the applicant's dental education records (if necessary transcribed into English)
  3. Three confidential reports from persons with knowledge of the applicant's skills and potential, submitted in signed and sealed envelopes.
  4. Completed State of Proficiency form or a TOEFL score of 550 or computer based score of 213 or internet based score of 79-80 is required of students from non-English-speaking countries. An interview in English may be required.
  5. A non-refundable application fee of $250 in the form of traveler's checks, a check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card (visa, mastercard, or american express) for EACH PROGRAM you are applying for.

All application materials must be mailed to:

UCSF School of Dentistry 
Preceptorship Program
513 Parnassus Ave. Box 0430
San Francisco, CA 94143-0636

Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. 

Limits of Enrollment

Accepted applicants are initially accepted for one 12-week module. At the end of the first module, the preceptor may enroll for a second, third or fourth module with permission from their program director(s). Thus, the preceptorship program can be anything from three months to one year in length at the discretion of the director(s) of the program.  The preceptorship program can last no longer than one year.  


Tuition Fees vary depending on each program. Tuition is to be paid in the form of a check drawn from a U.S- affiliated bank, cashier's check, money order, credit card or cash. If paying by check, please make payable to "UC REGENTS". Specific dates and deadlines will be given in your acceptance letter.  Tuition fees, medical insurance, and costs for housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the preceptee.  No financial assistance is available or provided by the University for a preceptee.  All preceptees must show evidence of health insurance to the limits required by the University of California San Francisco prior to admission (see below).


A certificate of attendance is presented by the UCSF Continuing Dental Education Department upon completion of the preceptorship program.  The certificate of completion is not recognized in the United States as advanced study nor recognition of specialty training.

Immigration Requirements

International preceptors who require visa sponsorship will be supported on the J-1 Student-Non Degree visa. For information on the J-1 Student Non-Degree visa, please visit the UCSF International Student and Scholars Office website at or send e-mail to

Health Insurance

All preceptor students attending UCSF are required to be insured under an adequate medical insurance plan during all periods of registration.  Medical Insurance is not provided by UCSF for preceptorship students, and preceptorship students cannot be seen at the student health service.  The School of Dentistry also requires that you obtain health clearance prior to enrollment in the program, for individual and community health reasons.  The health clearance must include a completed physical examination and demonstration of immunity to certain communicable diseases.  A TB test (a PPD or Mantoux if the applicant has not received BCG immunization) will also be necessary.