UTHealth School of Dentistry | PACE Center

Periodontics Non-Provider Preceptorship | UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Accepting Applications for January 2024 Enrollment
(Six-Month Program | January 2024 through June 2024)


The Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene offers a non-provider preceptorship program in Periodontics that provides additional training in the specialty area of Periodontology and surgical implantology. This program will enhance the preceptor's knowledge necessary for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with periodontal diseases and implant needs. This program is open to graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada.


This is a full-time preceptorship consisting of didactic and clinical aspects offered by the department. Due to the demands of the full-time program, outside activities that can interfere with the program are not permitted.



About the Program

Program participants are expected to obtain advanced knowledge in the following areas:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases and conditions
  • Implant site preparation and implant placement – didactic and clinical observation
  • Periodontal-systemic relationships
  • Basic and advanced implant dentistry surgical procedures – didactic and clinical observation
  • Conscious sedation
  • Patient management in an operating room (OR) environment
  • Participation in didactic courses exclusively related to advanced prosthodontics, periodontics, and implant dentistry
  • Interdisciplinary treatment planning
  • Hands-on application of imaging/implant planning software
  • Clinical and/or laboratory research in periodontics and implant dentistry related areas






  • Periodontics III: Surgical Periodontal Therapy (DDS curriculum) * - video lecture access through Panopto
  • Periodontics IV: Advanced Periodontics
  • Periodontics/Prosthodontics Conference
  • Dental Implant lecture series
  • Topical seminars in Periodontics
  • Current Literature
  • Clinical Conferences


*Requires passing grade of 70% in the Periodontics III: Surgical Periodontal Therapy course (mid-term and final) for the preceptor to be assigned clinical case(s) of surgical treatment on a patient.



  • Observe and assist in the graduate periodontics clinic*
  • Comprehensive periodontal examination on patients**
  • Non- surgical periodontal therapy**
  • Competency for periodontal examination and non-surgical treatment
  • Pre-clinical pig jaw surgical laboratory session – basic incision and flap techniques; periodontal surgical techniques and suturing techniques
  • Single tooth crown lengthening surgical or limited periodontal flap surgery***


*Requires passing grade of 70% in the Periodontics I: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning course (mid-term and final) for the preceptor to observe or assist with patients in the clinic.


**Requires passing grade of 70% in the Periodontics II: Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy course (mid-term and final) for the preceptor to be assigned clinical case(s) of non-surgical treatment in the clinic.


***Requires passing grade of 70% in the Periodontics III: Surgical Periodontal Therapy course (mid-term and final) for the preceptor to be assigned clinical case(s) of surgical treatment on a patient.


Preceptor clinical case assignment(s) are contingent on the individual's didactic progress and clinical/practical skill exam(s).


The following clinical procedures will not be part of the direct patient care:


  • Advanced osseous surgery
  • Surgical implant placement
  • Soft tissue grafting
  • Guided bone regeneration or ridge augmentation
  • Extraction and socket grafting



  • Develop independent research project in the areas of periodontics or implant dentistry under the guidance of a research mentor
  • Participate in the departmental research studies
  • Manuscript submission for publication.



Program Fees

Total Estimated Program Cost: $25,000


Includes fees for:

Professional Liability Insurance
Student Health Services


As the preceptorship is a non-accredited program, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry cannot provide financial assistance toward tuition and fees.


Acceptance into the program does not allow for refunds of any tuition and fees. Failure to make program payments in full will result in dismissal from the program.


Required Documentation

Applicants are required to submit the following documentation along with the completed application:


  • Resumé or C.V. (in English, listing academic history, certifications, licensures, employment, and training experience)


  • Official copy of your dental school diploma (with English translations, if applicable)



  • Two letters of recommendation from dental professionals


  • A copy of your TOEFL or IELTS scores (required for non-U.S. Citizens/Non-Permanent Residents)


  • A copy of your Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) score (Not required for Periodontics and Prosthodontics preceptorships)


  • Health records completed by a health care provider (with English translations, if applicable):


  • A copy of your current CPR certification (front and back of card)


  • A copy of photo identification:
    • For U.S. Citizens: Copy of your federal or state-issued photo identification
    • For U.S. Permanent Residents: Copy of your Permanent Resident Card
    • For Non-U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents: Copy of your passport identification page, visa stamp and I-94 (if applicable)

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Application Fees and Deadlines

Application Fee:

  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident: $500.00
  • Non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident: $750.00


Important Notice:

  • Application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Payment is required to begin processing your application
  • Payments will be collected online (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX)
  • If you wish to pay by check or money order, please make payable to UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, PACE Center, and include with your mailed application.


Application deadline for January 2024 entry: August 1, 2023


Late applications will be accepted until August 31, 2023 with a $250 late fee.


Our preceptorships are not required for dentists (U.S. and/or internationally-trained) to apply for UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry Advanced Education programs.

Acceptance into a UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry preceptorship does not guarantee acceptance into any of our Advanced Education programs. Interested individuals must apply through standard procedures.

Our dental preceptorships do not award academic credit. Participants will receive a letter of completion upon completing the program.

For inquires regarding licensure in Texas, visit the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners website. Information about licensure in other states is available from the ADA website under 'licensures.

Non-U.S. Citizen Information

If you are a Non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident applicant, we will work with our Office of International Affairs to assist with the appropriate documentation needed for you to enter the U.S. to participate in the program.


The process can take between 8 - 12 weeks and must be completed before you enter the U.S. Please be aware that the Office of International Affairs will require you to submit documents of financial support in order to process a visa.

Contact Information

Program Administration:
UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge Street, Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054


Phone: 713-486-4028
Fax: 713-486-4037
Email: PACE@uth.tmc.edu


Contact the PACE Center for application process questions.



Periodontics Preceptorship Director:

Seiko S. Min, DDS, PhD, MS

Email: Seiko.S.Min@uth.tmc.edu

Contact Preceptorship Director for didactic and clinical questions.