How to Grow Your Dental Practice

UCSF Parnassus Campus

Online registration is closed, you may register on-site

Dental practices are often regarded as solo operator enterprises, confined to a finite revenue stream and income potential. However, implementing the same business analytics, economics, and accounting principles utilized by Fortune 500 Companies into daily practices operations, any dental practice can grow into a scalable multi-million dollar enterprise. The purpose of this course is to introduce doctors and practice management professionals to basic principles and to use universal strategies geared at reducing overhead and increasing revenue.

Course Benefits:

  • Learn universal managerial economics, accounting, and business analytics skills utilized in dental practice optimization
  • Discuss tools for reducing overhead expenses and increasing productivity and efficiency of practice hygiene, recall, treatment, billing, and scheduling departments
  • Discuss how to create a new business strategy for a highly efficiency and high revenue practice

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify ways to decrease expenses and maximize profits
  • Understand and implement efficient billing and fee structuring strategies
  • Improve practice management and leadership skills

Intended Audience:
Current general practice owners and aspiring owners; dental students interested in ownership; practice managers and supporting staff.


Vagan Tapaltsyan, DDS, PhD

Dr. Tapaltsyan is an Assistant Professor at UCSF School of Dentistry and maintains several private practices in the Bay Area. He completed his DDS/PhD training at UCSF and his business training through Harvard Business School. Dr. Tapaltsyan acquired his first dental practice while still a graduate student and soon developed a practice optimization methodology that grew his practices. Dr Tapaltsyan has published in numerous international journals and contributed to several academic textbooks, as well as lecturing internationally and appearing on NPR.

CDE Coursework Units:
6 Category I Units

Dentist - $279
Auxiliary - $199
For UCSF faculty/staff/students, please contact our office at 415-514-0778.

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Tuition includes continental breakfast, electronic course materials (if available), and parking.

Tuition refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be issued only for cancellations received in writing at least 3 business days prior to the start date of the course. No refunds will be issued for late cancellations or no-shows. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to circumstances beyond our control; under those circumstances we will refund all course fee payments. Please be aware that UCSF School of Dentistry CDE is not responsible for reimbursement of nonrefundable airline tickets or any other travel expenses in the event that a course is cancelled