D.D.S. Admissions Requirements
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A central application center processes applications to all medical and dental schools of The University of Texas System. Texas residents are required to apply through the UT Application Center. Applications may be obtained from:
(Required for Texas residents)
The University of Texas Medical and Dental Application Center
702 Colorado, Suite 620
Austin, Texas 78701
phone: (512) 499-4785
For non-Texas residents only:
Applications are also accepted from the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). Applications may be obtained from:
American Association of Dental Schools Application Service
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Applications are accepted between May 1 and October 1 of the year preceding anticipated matriculation. All actions on admission are the prerogative of the Admissions Selection Subcommittee of the Dental School. Applicants to UT Health Science Center San Antonio are responsible for instructing the Division of Education Measurements of the ADA to send DAT results directly to The University of Texas Medical and Dental Application Center or to AADSAS. Please refer to the appropriate information section on the Dental Admission Test.
May 1 - October 1 - application period in year prior to desired admission. (TMDSAS Deadline)
August - School begins interviewing applicants.
October 1 - Deadline for submitting applications (TMDSAS Deadline)
December 1 - First offers of admission and deadline for receipt of DAT scores. If necessary, additional acceptances will be made again on a rolling basis.
January - School concludes interviewing applicants.
Successful applicants are ones who have done consistently well academically and are involved in extracurricular activities and achievements.
Applicants are considered competitively. We consider:
- Undergraduate GPA
- DAT scores
- Evaluation by pre-professional advisors or your professors
- Extracurricular achievements
- Interviews by the Admissions Committee
Preference is given to Texas residents. Only outstanding nonresidents are considered.
Determining residency for the applicant pool is different than determining residency for tuition purposes. Residency for admission and tuition purposes at a public college or university in Texas is different from residency for voting or taxing purposes. Visit the College for All Texans Residency Information for more detailed information.
Required Courses for Admission
Prospective D.D.S. students must have received a grade of C or better in the following required courses:
14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of biological science
Includes all biological science courses applied toward baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as general biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, immunology, parasitology and anatomy & physiology.
8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of general chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).
Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Inorganic courses include general chemistry, physical chemistry and quantitative analysis.
8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of organic chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).
3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of biochemistry
This requirement is in addition to the biological science requirement of 14 hours and may not be used to fulfill the biological science requirement. The course may be taught in the biology, biochemistry or chemistry department. Must have a grade of C or better.
8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of physics, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab)
Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.
6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English
Any course accredited by the English department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or English As a Second Language courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of statistics
The statistics course should be taught in a math or statistics department. Individual dental schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty.
|NOTE: Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors, such as nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, will NOT satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable toward a traditional science degree.|
All dental students at the UTHSCSA Dental School must perform certain essential functions in order to successfully complete the curriculum.
Cognitive functions: Dental students must be able to solve problems, using the ability to understand and retain knowledge derived from readings, lectures and demonstrations. Students must be able to use reasoning, to analyze and to integrate learned material and apply principles to new problems.
Sensory and motor skills: Students must be able to observe patients and simulations and gain patient information to be used in diagnosis. They must possess sufficient vision, hearing and physical abilities in order to obtain a patient history, perform a physical examination and provide patient care. Students must have adequate stamina to manipulate dental equipment appropriately and to perform in class, clinic and laboratory settings during long hours.
Communication skills: Students must be able to effectively communicate with patients, peers, staff and faculty. Students must be able to demonstrate respect and understanding of emotional, social and cultural issues.
Professional and behavioral skills: Students must demonstrate the capacity for sustained function under stress and to respond appropriately to unpredictable circumstances. Furthermore, students must demonstrate high ethical standards and professional behavior when interacting with patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and the public.