20 million from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. The school enrolls, on average, 88 doctoral candidates per year.
Additionally, 20 foreign trained dentists are added to each class at the beginning of the third year. The UCLA School of Dentistry was established in 1964 in response to the need for an additional public school of dentistry in the greater Los Angeles area. Over time, the school has grown and transformed.
The UCLA School of Dentistry is organized into six academic divisions, of which four have been organized into 14 sections. The school offers a four-year DDS program for candidates that have completed the DAT test and have gone through the formal application process. The program runs for 45 months and is broken up into 12 quarters and three required nine-week summer sessions. Each quarter is 10 weeks long.
The first two years of curriculum consist of a biomedical sciences foundation along with preclinical laboratory courses. Patient care begins early in the second year. The clinical curriculum focuses on patient care and is competency-based with additional clinical experience provided by rotations to specialty and community clinics. This program begins in late May of each year and runs for a minimum of 25 consecutive months. There are 20 slots available for qualified foreign-trained dentists.
The program is specifically designed for those who want to obtain a DDS degree by a U. The School of Dentistry has 15 postgraduate training programs for dentists who have graduated from a U.