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MISSION: Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry shapes the future of dentistry by developing exemplary clinicians, educators and scientists. We improve oral health by caring for the needs of a diverse community; seeking innovations in science, education and health care delivery; and serving as leaders in health professions education.

LEADERSHIP:  Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky, Dean; Phone: (214) 828-8300 Email:

LOCATION: Located at 3302 Gaston Avenue, the college is situated approximately a mile east of downtown Dallas, adjacent to Baylor University Medical Center.

DEGREES: TAMBCD offers a four-year program leading to a doctor of dental surgery degree; a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene; several master’s degree programs; a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences; and postdoctoral degrees in the dental specialties.

HISTORY: Founded in 1905 in Dallas as State Dental College, the college became a part of Baylor University in 1918. In 1971, the school became a private institution chartered by the State of Texas. Baylor College of Dentistry joined The Texas A&M University System in 1996 and became a component of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center in 1999. Today the health science center and TAMBCD are part of Texas A&M University.

REVENUE: TAMBCD student clinics generated $8.2 million in FY12.

ENROLLMENT: TAMBCD enrollment for the 2012-2013 academic year is 594. By programs: 415 DDS; 61 Dental Hygiene; 89 post-doc (clinical); and 29 graduate. The percentage of underrepresented minority students enrolled is 39 percent.

FACULTY & STAFF: TAMBCD employs approximately 254 full-time and part-time faculty members and 350 full-time and part-time staff.

RESEARCH EXPENDITURES: TAMBCD research expenditures in FY12 were approximately $3.5 million.


PATIENT CARE: Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry is the single largest provider of oral health care services in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and received approximately 105,700 patient visits at onsite and offsite locations in 2011-2012. In FY12, there were 5,642 emergency patient visits, many of which were by low-income patients.

COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICE: TAMBCD serves nearly 46,000 people each year through health fairs, public school programs, Dallas children’s hospitals and community health clinics.

UNCOMPENSATED CARE: In FY12, TAMBCD students and faculty provided approximately $2.5 million in uncompensated care.

SEALANT INITIATIVE: A collaborative effort between Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, the Dallas County Dental Society and Communities In Schools, the program provides dental sealants, screenings, referrals and oral health education to elementary school children in the Dallas Independent School District. In the FY12 academic year nearly 1,094 school children were served through this initiative.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: TAMBCD works to develop and sustain lifelong relationships with the community through programs that benefit children, predental students, alumni and other health professionals.

  • Tooth Talk is aimed at students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades and provides activities to enhance children’s knowledge of oral hygiene and oral health sciences as a career.
  • K-12 Dental Career Awareness provides dental career awareness events and counseling activities for students in the Dallas Independent School District.
  • Future Dentists Club hosts monthly activities for students in fourth through 12th grades who have expressed an interest in dentistry as a career.
  • The Summer Predental Enrichment Program is geared toward high school students and college undergraduates interested in careers in dentistry.
  • The Post-Baccalaureate Program provides admission preparation to college graduates from culturally diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds for gaining acceptance into TAMBCD.
  • Tobacco Prevention Education provides tobacco prevention/cessation education.

CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: A Center of Excellence to advance diversity in faculty and students has been established at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry through a $3.4 million grant to the college from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers of Excellence program.

Source: Annual Report 2011-2012

Last edited by: tarpley 02/19/2016

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