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SPEP Collegiate II

Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program 2015
Program Objective for College Students

Program Objective

SPEP Collegiate II is an six-week program which provides college and post-college students an opportunity to prepare for and successfully take the DAT, strengthen their academic science background, increase their competitiveness for admission to dental school and enhance their success once admitted to dental school.

Selection Process

A selection committee, composed of the Program Director and Program Faculty will review all applications and interview up to 50 applicants by phone to determine applicant motivation. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled in a four year college/university or who have earned a Bachelor’s degree.

Number of Participants:

A minimum of twenty (20) applicants will be selected.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

The College will pay for the DAT if it is taken by July 31, 2015.

Participants must study for the DAT before the program begins and after it ends. Studying for the DAT should included taking multiple practice tests.

Program Curriculum

The curriculum for the 2015 Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for College Students (SPEP Collegiate II) consists of five core courses designed to augment the students' knowledge base for taking the DAT and to help them prepare for dental school:

Introduction to the Human Body integrates the biomedical sciences within a problem-based learning environment.

Pre-Clinical Dentistry demonstrates the application of preclinical courses to dental practice and provides hands-on experiences using dental materials.

Learning Strategies promotes the effective use of learning techniques and study skills.

DAT Preparation assists participants in preparing to take the DAT.

Investigating Dentistry provides students with an opportunity to investigate a dental topic and present the findings. In addition, the students participate in workshops and activities such as:

    • Cultural competence seminar
    • Pre-admissions counseling
    • Intramural and extramural clinical rotations
    • Interacting with dental students, faculty, and administrators.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, all individuals must:

    • Have dentistry as their career choice
    • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident (preference will be given to residents of the State of Texas)
    • Have completed 60 semester hours of college by the end of the Spring Semester, 2015
    • Have completed 8 hours of general chemistry, 8 hours of biology, and 8 hours of organic chemistry by the end of the Spring Semester, 2015
    • Provide all transcripts from colleges/universities attended
    • Have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher
    • Submit an application, including a one-page essay stating how SPEP Collegiate II will benefit the applicant’s pursuit of dentistry as a career
    • Submit one letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Pre- Health Advisor (or Advisory Committee) or two letters of recommendation from science professors from courses taken
    • Complete a phone interview with Program staff
    • Sign a contract, agreeing to participate in all required Program activities
    • Have first and second injections of the Hepatitis B vaccination series completed before attending the Program
    • Be a member of a dentally underserved population and/or be from a *disadvantaged background. Demonstrate a strong potential of working with underserved populations or in communities with limited access to dental health care.
      • Note: an 'academically disadvantaged' individual is one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill and ability to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school (Examples: 1st generation to earn baccalaureate degree; English is a second language; resident of financially poor school district, attended low-performing high school; middle or high school home responsibility; single parent family; non-traditional student, including older age; employment while attending college; overcame or is experiencing extreme hardship; resident of a country designated as underserved by health professionals; resident of lowest 10% per capita income country). An 'economically disadvantaged' individual is one who comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, published by the U.S. Census Bureau in the Federal Register, and adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index.

START DATE: May 26, 2015
END DATE: July 7, 2015

January 31, 2015

March 13, 2015

For more information please contact:

Mrs. Janie Villarreal
Phone: (214) 828-8385
Fax: (214) 874-4502

Texas A & M University
Baylor College of Dentistry

Office of Student Development and Multicultural Affairs
3302 Gaston Avenue, Room 365
Dallas, Texas 75246

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    • Note: The application will be ready for download September 1.
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Last edited by: aupton 09/01/2014

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