Who should you consult about a career in dentistry?
You should speak to the predental advisor on your 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/).
Can high school students begin to prepare for a career in dentistry?
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.
What college should a predental student attend?
We do not recommend specific colleges. The college must be accredited and those having an active predental advisory committee are preferred.
The College of Dentistry provides complete information about admission requirements to predental advisors and to predental students. Counseling is available.
What specific college courses must an applicant take?
Texas A&M 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 prerequisite courses. As outlined in the College Bulletin, an applicant must include in the required hours:
No course should be planned for Summer Session 2 of year of entry as it conflicts with our start date.
What elective courses are suggested?
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.
What major fields of study are preferred?
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 required number of hours of science especially biology. The well-rounded predental education will include some liberal arts courses along with science courses.
When should the Dental Admission Test be taken?
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. The DAT is administered on computer almost every day of the week. 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. The TMDSAS accepts and processes all materials of the primary application for admission to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program only. Texas Residents MUST apply through the TMDSAS.
The College participates in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) for out-of-state students. Out-of-state applicants who apply through AADSAS must also apply with the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry application. The TAMBCD application is available online at the application site BAMF.
To apply to the program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree the applicant should:
The TMDSAS has a variable fee based upon the number of schools for which you apply. Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry requires a secondary application but charges no additional processing fee.
It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible. The TMDSAS on-line application is accessible beginning May 1 of the application cycle. The Office of Recruitment and Admissions strongly advises that you submit your application by late August. Selection for interviews begins in July and this requires a transmitted complete application. TMDSAS will not transmit incomplete applications to the participating dental schools. A definition of the completed application is available on the TMDSAS website. The TMDSAS may take 4 to 6 weeks to process the application before sending it to the dental college.
Texas A&M 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 BAMF.
THE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL THE SECONDARY APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED.
Is an interview required?
Yes, an interview is required. The applicant may be asked to come 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 for conferences and observations of the facilities can be arranged during spring and summer months.
On what basis are students accepted?
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. Consideration is also given to how the student may contribute to the diversity of the class. Additionally applicants seeking to enter the dental school must be able to perform the essential functions required to complete the curriculum successfully.
What can one do to improve chances for admission?
The application for admission to Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry may be strengthened by the following:
What does the Admissions Committee look at when they do a 'whole-file review' of an application?
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:
How can a re-applicant become more competitive?
What type of academic calendar is followed?
The College of Dentistry operates on a semester system with new classes beginning only once a year. A current calendar is available upon request.
What is the cost to attend Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry?
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 2012-2013)
Texas resident, per semester.................................................$2,700.00
Nonresident, per semester.....................................................$8,100.00
Designated Tuition, per semester ..........................................$2,700.00
Differential Tuition, per semester...........................................$2,250.00
Summer Clinic Fee (D3 & D4 years only)...................................$500.00
Instruments Leasing, per year................................................$5,000.00
Tuition refund policy: Tuition refund policy 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 the web site at http://www.tamhsc.edu/education/catalog/index.html.
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.
Are loan funds available?
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.
What is the attrition rate?
Because of the intense efforts in selecting only highly qualified students, few students fail to complete our programs.
Are there summer predental programs available?
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 Director of Student Development. Web address - http://www.bcd.tamhsc.edu/education/studentdevelopment/index.html
What opportunities exist beyond general practice?
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, government services and industrial clinics.