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Preceptorship in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics

A preceptorship is an intensive training course in the subspecialty area of Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics which will be open to graduates of dental schools recognized by the World Health Organization. The course of study will be full time.

Length of Preceptorship

The preceptorship will be offered in 12-week modules, and applicants can take up to four modules at the discretion of the director(s). This means that a preceptorship can last from three months to 12 months but cannot be longer. The course is full time, and outside activities that interfere with the program are not permitted. If accepted into the program, the tuition fee for each module is $5,200. 

Status of Preceptors

Preceptors will be continuing education students registered through the Continuing Dental Education Department of the University of California, San Francisco.

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

Subspecialty Areas Offered for Preceptorship

  • Dental implantology
  • The management of temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Complete dentures
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Fixed partial dentures
  • Maxillofacial prosthetics - both intra-oral and facial prostheses
  • Esthetic dentistry
  • All of the laboratory phases necessary for the fabrication of restorations
  • Other areas by arrangement

Course Outline

Preceptors will be full participants in the didactic program offered by the Division of Prosthodontics. This consists of the following:

  • Monday morning 7:15am to 9:00am  - Review of the Classical Prosthodontic Literature
  • Monday (First Monday of each month) - Joint Ortho/Pros Treatment planning
  • Tuesday 8:00am to 9:00am - Current literature review
  • Thursday 8:00am to 9:00am - Multidisciplinary Implant Conference
  • Monday to Friday - 9:00am to 5:00pm - Observe the treatment of patients in the graduate prosthodontic clinic
  • Friday 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Treatment planning seminar

Preceptors do not treat patients in the clinic.  Preceptors will observe activities in the Graduate Prosthodontic Clinics and will be involved in diagnosis and treatment planning of patients with problems within the area covered by their preceptorship.  

All preceptors will be assigned a specific mentor who will be responsible for the overall planning of activities, and under this mentor, they will carry out a specific clinical or research project of their own. At the discretion of the mentor, the preceptor may become involved in the specific research activities of the mentor themselves or of other faculty or research staff.

A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the preceptorship program.  This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time postgraduate residents in specialty programs as a qualification for recognition by the American Dental Association, nor is it considered in the United States as evidence of advanced study or recognition of specialty training.

Number of Positions

2 - 3 preceptors per module

Program Status

This preceptorship program is not accredited by any national or local accreditation body, but on completion of the program, preceptors will be issued with a certificate of completion issued by the Continuing Dental Education Department of the UCSF School of Dentistry.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit all of the following materials:

  • UCSF Preceptorship Program Application
  • Official dental education transcripts translated into English
  • 3 confidential reports from people with knowledge of the applicant's skills and potential, submitted in signed and sealed envelopes
  • Proof of English language proficiency for applicants with English as a second language
  • An in-person interview in English maybe required
  • A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $250 USD. You may pay by credit card (MC, VISA, AMEX) or by check - please make checks payable to UC REGENTS

 Admissions Process

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement (GPA and class rank if available)
  • Research interests
  • Content of personal statement, including the applicants interest in prosthodontics, reason for applying to the program, and goals for the program if he/she is accepted
  • Content of confidential reports


  1. Please complete and return the Preceptorship Application (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
  2. Please complete and return the State of Proficiency in English form (Adobe Acrobat PDF)