You should speak to the predental advisor on your university campus, Admission Offices of Dental Schools, the family dentist, other dentists in general practice and those involved in the various fields of dentistry such as public health, dental research, etc. Observation in the office of a dentist is required. Information is also available from the American Dental Association, (ADA website www.ada.org), and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA website http://www.adea.org/).
Yes. These students should take courses that will prepare them for admission to the predental college of their choice. In general, high school courses should include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, History, Speech and courses that involve the development of hand skills.
We do not recommend specific colleges or universities. The college must be accredited and those having an active pre-health advisory committee are recommended.
The College of Dentistry provides complete information about admission requirements to predental advisors and to predental students. Counseling is available.
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry requires a minimum of ninety semester hours, however, most students complete a degree before coming to the College. A grade of "C" or better is required for all required courses. An applicant must include the required hours:
No course should be planned for Summer Session 2 of year of entry as it conflicts with our start date.
Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Histology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Embryology and Biochemistry II are suggested to strengthen the student's science background.
Small Business Management, Accounting, Reading Improvement, Mechanical Drawing, Studio Art, Computer Literacy will aid in the business and technical aspects of a dental practice. Courses in Speech, Psychology and Sociology will help improve interpersonal communication skills for positive interaction with other individuals in our diverse society.
Although we do not require a specific major, the majority of successful applicants have majored in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences. The applicant must perform well in the science courses including upper division hours and should be aware of the competition with other students who have taken more than the minimum required number of hours of science, especially biology. The well-rounded predental education will include some liberal arts courses along with science courses.
The applicant should take the DAT in the spring or summer prior to applying. The DAT is offered at Prometric Testing Centers with locations throughout the country. An applicant with below average scores on the test may wish to retake the test in order to become more competitive. A 90 day waiting period is required before re-testing.
Other resources include the following websites:
The College participates in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). This central processing service allows the applicant to apply to any or all of the three dental schools in the State of Texas. Texas Residents MUST apply through the TMDSAS.
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry requires the submission of a secondary application in addition to the primary application. This application can be accessed from links on the TMDSAS Web site or at the our application site TAMHSC APP.
THE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL THE SECONDARY APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED.
The College participates in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) for out-of-state students only. Out-of-state applicants have three application options. They may apply through the TMDSAS, through AADSAS or with the TAMBCD online application. Please note: Out-of-state applicants who apply through AADSAS must also apply with the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry application. The TAMBCD application is available online at the application site TAMHSC APP.
To apply to the program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree the applicant should:
Access full information and the on-line application at the website for
Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service
Timetable for filing application:
Earliest date: May 1, year prior to desired admission
Latest date: Application Deadline is September 30 in year prior to desired admission
It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.
The TMDSAS has a flat fee; we recommend applying to all 3 Texas dental colleges. Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry requires a secondary application but charges no additional processing fee.
Yes, an interview is required. The applicant may be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews are scheduled by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Although an official interview is not granted to all applicants, the College gladly provides complete information and counseling for all prospective students. Visits to the campus are offered during the spring semester.
The quality of academic achievement is the first point of consideration. The grade point average (GPA) and the Dental Admission Test (DAT) are the primary factors used in this evaluation. The interview with the Admissions Committee gives the opportunity for evaluation of noncognitive factors. Preference is given to residents of Texas and the surrounding states which do not have a college of dentistry. Consideration of any factors that may have impacted academic or personal history is important in interview selection and final acceptance decisions. Additionally applicants seeking to enter the dental school must be able to perform the essential functions required to complete the curriculum successfully.
The application for admission to Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry may be strengthened by the following:
A comprehensive (whole-file review) of the application is performed to reveal characteristics critical to the practice of dentistry, factors that indicate success in the dental curriculum that are not evident from academic history or standardized test performance, and potential for future contributions to the dental profession. They include:
The College of Dentistry operates on a semester system with new classes beginning only once a year in August. A current calendar is available upon request.
The tuition and fees for the student in the College are recommended by the administration and are approved by the Board of Regents and may be adjusted as economic conditions warrant.
(Estimates for 2016-2017)
Texas resident, per semester.................................................$2,700.00
Nonresident, per semester.....................................................$8,100.00
Designated Tuition, per semester ..........................................$3,744.00
Differential Tuition, per semester...........................................$2,700.00
Summer Clinic Fee (D3 & D4 years only)...................................$500.00
Instruments Leasing, per year................................................$5,750.00
Tuition refund guideline: Tuition refund guideline is available on request and is published in our catalog.
For a complete listing of tuition and fees, see the Health Science Center Catalog available on TAMU the web site.
To view the Cost of Attendance (COA) estimate provided by the Financial Aid Office please visit their webpage http://www.tamhsc.edu/education/finaid/cost-of-attendance.html and select Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry.
Students are discouraged from holding any outside employment which may be detrimental to the pursuit of their education. In no case may a student accept a position which conflicts with regularly scheduled school hours. When scholastic progress is questionable, students may be asked to discontinue outside work.
Yes, the College participates in several types of loan and scholarship programs. Students are classified as independent for consideration in professional school so aid is available based upon your documented need. Students complete FAFSA and submit requests for aid to the Office of Student Aid.
Because of the intense efforts in selecting only highly qualified students, few students fail to complete our programs.
A Summer Predental Enrichment Program exists to strengthen academic background, introduce the profession of dentistry, improve study skills and increase competitiveness for admission to Dental School. For information, contact the Executive Director of Student Development and Multicultural Affairs. Web address - http://bcd.tamhsc.edu/student-development.
Most D.D.S. graduates are in the private practice of dentistry. There is also a need for dentists who are interested in scientific research and teaching. Specialty areas in dentistry include Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. Competition for admission to these graduate programs is high. Dentists also serve in public health agencies, educational institutions, the military and dental industry.