Continuing Dental Education Office
Questions regarding application process

Program Director
Mona Bajestan, DDS, MS
Program related questions


The application deadlines for each academic module are as follows:

Fall Module (Oct. 1- Dec. 31): Application deadline June 15

Winter Module (Jan. 1- March 31): Application deadline Sept. 15

Spring Module (April 1-June 30): Application deadline Dec. 15

Summer Module (July 1-Sept. 30): Application deadline March 15

Preceptorship in Orthodontics

The preceptorship will be offered in 12-week modules (three months). Applicants may 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 at the discretion of the director of the Preceptorship Program in Orthodontics, but cannot be longer. The course is full time; outside activities that interfere with the program are not permitted.

The goal of the preceptorship is to provide educational experiences in the discipline of orthodontics to trained professionals in the dental field. The program is designed to provide the preceptor with an improved understanding of orthodontics and dento facial orthopedics and an opportunity to improve his/her knowledge in one or more areas of clinical practice, teaching or research.

The program offers full participation in the didactic program and clinical observation in a modern orthodontic clinic working with our highly qualified faculty. In addition, there will be opportunities for limited research experience.

All preceptors are expected to conduct a limited research project during their tenure. Upon completion of the program, the preceptor will receive a certificate of completion as documentation of their participation in the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time postgraduate students 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.

International preceptors who require visa sponsorship will be required to 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] ( or e-mail

In order to qualify for this opportunity, the candidate must have completed dental school from an accredited university in their home country, and have at least two years of either private practice experience or been on the faculty at a university program.

The applicant must submit documentation to verify their dental education and also provide at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the dental school from which they graduated. A TOEFL test is required to ensure proficiency in the English language.


There is 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. If accepted, the fee for the three month program is $15,000. The preceptors are responsible for their own living, housing, health insurance and visa expenses related to the program.

Application Process

Note: For applicants who require a J-1 Visa, please note that the start can vary.

Applicants will be considered only after all of the following materials are submitted:

  • A complete application for admission to the preceptorship program
  • An official transcript of the applicant's dental education records (if necessary transcribed into English)
  • Three (3) confidential reports from persons with knowledge of the applicant's skills and potential, submitted in signed and sealed envelopes.
  • Completed State of Proficiency form
  • 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. A copy is acceptable. An interview in English may be required.
  • 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.

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 oral medicine, reason for applying to the program, and goals for the * program if he/she is accepted
  • Content of confidential reports

Please complete and return the following:
1. Preceptorship Application (PDF)
2. State of Proficiency in English form (PDF)
3. Three (3) Confidential Reports (PDF)

ALL application materials must be in one package and mailed to:

UCSF School of Dentistry
Preceptorship Program
707 Parnassus Avenue, D-4010
San Francisco, CA 94143

Incomplete applications will prohibit applicants from moving forward in the application process.

Should you have any questions, contact our CDE Office at 415.514.0778.