UTHealth School of Dentistry | PACE Center

Preceptorship in Advanced Education in General Dentistry | UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Accepting Applications for July 2024 Enrollment
(Six-Month Program | July 2024 - December 2024)


The Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health offers a preceptorship in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). This program is classified as 'fast-tracked' and is designed to familiarize the participating graduated dentist with principles, practice, procedures and protocols of a general dental practice in the U.S. By learning different methods and materials, participants can become more competitive when applying for dental residency programs. This program is also 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

Preceptors are expected to attend all of the classes the residents are assigned to during the six months of the preceptorship, and can expect to obtain knowledge in comprehensive care dentistry and interdisciplinary treatment planning.



  • Conscious Sedation I and II
  • Oral Biomaterials I
  • Treatment planning and literature review
  • Perio-Restorative seminar
  • Several hands-on courses

Clinical and Laboratory

  • Observe and chairside assist in the AEGD residency program (clinical treatments or laboratory procedures)

  • Comprehensive examination on patients

  • Requires a passing grade of 70 in manikin/typodont preparations for crowns/inlays/onlays and class II composite fillings for the preceptor to be assigned clinical cases.

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning presentation with AEGD residents and director

    • After first being assigned simple cases to work up and possibly complete, preceptors will be expected to work up and present their assigned patient cases to the treatment-planning board to be approved prior to starting any dental procedure.

  • Treatment planning presentation to patients

    • Requires acceptance of treatment plan by patients.

  • Perform comprehensive treatment on patients

    • The preceptor may qualify for delivery of actual patient care, only if the program director deems appropriate after evaluation of the preceptor.

    • Clinical case assignment(s) are contingent on the individual's didactic progress and clinical/practical skill exam(s). The preceptor will team up with another preceptor to perform clinical treatment, assisting each other unless a dental assistant is available.

    • Due to the length of time participated, the preceptor may be expected to be assigned at least 5 patient cases once a passing grade of 70 in manikin/typodont preparations is achieved. These patients may have already been assigned to other residents or previous preceptors. On a case-by-case basis, the preceptor may be required to share their patients with residents who will perform more complex procedures when the program director deems appropriate.

    • The program director has the right to stop the preceptor from any clinical treatment at any time if they feel the preceptor cannot perform clinical treatment up to the standard of care and may pose an adverse treatment outcome for the patient.

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

  • Osseous surgery
  • Surgical implant placement
  • Soft tissue grafting
  • Guided bone regeneration or ridge augmentation
  • Surgical extractions
  • Removal of impacted tooth
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Esthetic veneer(s), crown(s) and fixed partial denture(s)
  • Full mouth or single arch rehabilitation
  • Implant restoration
  • Premolar and Molar Endodontics
  • Endodontic retreatment
  • Any other treatments deemed too complex for the preceptor


Program Fees

Total Estimated Program Cost: $45,000


Includes fees for:

Professional Liability Insurance
Student Health Services

Technology and Library Fees


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 July 2023 entry: November 1, 2023


Late applications will be accepted until November 30, 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.


AEGD Preceptorship Director:

Sudarat Kiat-amnuay, DDS, MS

Email: Sudarat.Kiat-Amnuay@uth.tmc.edu

Contact Preceptorship Director for didactic and clinical questions.