Doctor of Dental Surgery

The program leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) is designed to develop broadly competent practitioners and encourages both clinical and basic science research in order to instill an appreciation of biomedical research and a spirit of inquiry in each student. The college recognizes the need to support excellence in its educational programs by acquiring and maintaining a highly qualified faculty and students, excellent physical facilities and a competency-based curriculum that is contemporary, comprehensive and efficient. The program in Dentistry is a four year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

College of Dentistry Admission Information

The Integrated Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The College of Dentistry offers an integrated dental and graduate research program leading to the simultaneous awarding of a DDS and a PhD in Oral Biology. A dual-degree program has been available for over 15 years.

Admission Requirements DDS/PhD

Admission into this combined program requires that the applicants are accepted into the DDS program first, and then make a separate application to the PhD program. The applicant completes the forms with additional information on the areas of research interest, academic background, GRE scores, and prerequisite courses, academic honors, research experiences, and the names of three referees. Recommendation forms are specifically designed with questions on the applicant’s scholarly aptitude, including intellectual, problem-solving, and creative skills. The style of questions resembles that used on National Institute of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR) Career Development applications. Applicants use Apply Texas, which is an all-inclusive site for graduate programs in the State of Texas. All applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate Program Director. Applicants must be accepted into both degree programs (DDS and PhD). For more information, go to Graduate Program in Oral Biology and see the section The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in this catalog.

The College of Dentistry is a synergistic environment where students learn life lessons -- in addition to dental medicine -- from a diverse patient population. These patients help prepare students for the real-life challenges and opportunities awaiting them upon graduation.

Since its founding, the college has graduated more than 9,000 dentists and dental hygienists. The college is known internationally for producing excellent clinicians. More than half of all the dentists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area received their dental education at the college, and nearly one-third of all dentists in Texas are Texas A&M University College of Dentistry graduates.

Our Mission

The 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.

Our Vision

Following a century of excellence, the College of Dentistry will continue to be a leader in dental education by:

  • Educating exemplary clinicians who deliver evidence- based care.
  • Fostering translational and clinical research to improve patient care and delivery.
  • Providing high quality service to students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.
  • Increasing access to dental care through cultural competence, diversity and community based care.

Professional Curriculum

The professional curriculum in dental surgery is a four-year program.

First Year
Semester Credit Hours
DDDS 6724Introduction to Clinical Practice I-C 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours0.5
DDDS 6510Biochemistry/Cell and Molecular Biology 3
DDDS 6520Cariology and Prevention 1.5
DDDS 6540Dental Anatomy 2
DDDS 6543Dental Anatomy-C 2
DDDS 6600General Histology 3
DDDS 6640Gross Anatomy 6
DDDS 6660Growth and Development 1.5
DDDS 6690Human Behavior in Dentistry 0.5
DDDS 6730Introductory Ethics and Academic Integrity 0.5
DDDS 6740Immunology 1
DDDS 6850Cultural Competence in Dental Health Care and Education 0.5
DDDS 6860Introduction to Evidence Based Dentistry and Clinical Research 2.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours24
DDDS 6580Dental Materials 1
DDDS 6770Neuroscience 1.5
DDDS 6800Occlusion 1
DDDS 6804Occlusion - C 1
DDDS 6820Oral Histology 2
DDDS 6840Operative Dentistry 1
DDDS 6844Operative Dentistry - C 2
DDDS 6870Physiology 5.5
DDDS 6880General Pathology 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours19
Second Year
DDDS 7084Introduction to Clinical Practice II-C 1.5
DDDS 7173Oral Radiography - C 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours2
DDDS 7040Fixed Prosthodontics 3
DDDS 7044Fixed Prosthodontics - C 4
DDDS 7080Introduction to Clinical Pratice II 1
DDDS 7100Operative Dentistry 1
DDDS 7104Operative Dentistry - C 2
DDDS 7140Preclinical Diagnostic Sciences II 1
DDDS 7170Oral Radiology 2
DDDS 7270Periodontics 2
DDDS 7274Periodontics - C 1
DDDS 7290Dental Pharmacology 2
DDDS 7350Removable Prosthodontics 2
DDDS 7353Removable Prosthodontics - C 4
DDDS 7400Application of Evidence Based Dentistry I 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours25.5
DDDS 7010Dental Auxiliary Utilization 0.5
DDDS 7020Endodontics 1
DDDS 7024Endodontics - C 1
DDDS 7120Basic Principles and Techniques of Dentoalveolar Surgery 1
DDDS 7160Oral Pathology 2
DDDS 7190Preclinical Diagnostic Sciences II 1
DDDS 7210Orthodontics 1
DDDS 7214Orthodontics - C 1
DDDS 7230Local Anesthesia / Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen Conscious Sedation 1
DDDS 7250Pediatric Dentistry 2
DDDS 7330Patient Management 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
DDDS 7410National Dental Board Part I Review 1
DDDS 7420Microbiology 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
Third Year
DDDS 8000Summer Clinic - C 0
DDDS 8004Clinical Preventive Dentistry - C 0.5
DDDS 8034Comprehensive Care Program - C 4
DDDS 8044Dental Auxiliary Utilization - C 1
DDDS 8064Endodontics – C 1
DDDS 8084Fixed Prosthodontics - C 3
DDDS 8224Operative Dentistry - C 3
DDDS 8244Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - C 1
DDDS 8264Oral Diagnosis - C 1.5
DDDS 8304Oral Radiography - C 0.5
DDDS 8324Orthodontics - C 0.5
DDDS 8344Pediatric Dentistry - C 1
DDDS 8364Periodontics - C 2
DDDS 8404Removable Prosthodontics - C 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours22
DDDS 8060Endodontics 1
DDDS 8140Behavioral Dentistry/Dental Public Health 1
DDDS 8160Anesthesia in Dentistry 0.5
DDDS 8240Advanced Principles and Techniques of Dentoalveolar Surgery 1
DDDS 8280Clinical Principles of Patient Evaluation 2
DDDS 8320Orthodontics 1
DDDS 8340Pediatric Dentistry 1.5
DDDS 8370Professional Ethics 1
DDDS 8380Medical Pharmacology 1.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours10.5
DDDS 8180Implant Dentistry 1
DDDS 8200Occlusion 1
DDDS 8204Occlusion – C 1
DDDS 8241Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Chronic Pain and Hospital Dentistry 1
DDDS 8360Periodontics 1
DDDS 8600Advanced Removable Prosthodontics 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours6
DDDS 8080Fixed Prosthodontics 1.5
DDDS 8220Operative Dentistry 1.5
DDDS 8400Removable Prosthodontics 1.5
DDDS 8500Office Medical Emergencies 0.5
DDDS 8610Periodontics 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours5.5
Fourth Year
DDDS 9000Summer Clinic 0
DDDS 9004Clinical Services Assignment - C 4.5
DDDS 9044General Dentistry - C 20
DDDS 9080Community Dentistry Externship 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours25
DDDS 9070Orthodontics 1
DDDS 9090Pediatric Dentistry 1
DDDS 9110Applied Pharmacology 1
DDDS 9120Practice Administration 1
DDDS 9140Professional Ethics and Dental Jurisprudence 0.5
DDDS 9190Advanced Principles of Patient Evaluation 1
DDDS 9240National Board Dental Exam Part II Review 1
DDDS 9250Managing Cultural Issues in Patience Care 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours7
DDDS 9160Senior Seminar 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours1
DDDS 9030Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Seminar 1
DDDS 9040Advancements in Techniques and Materials 1.5
DDDS 9200Comprehensive Care for the Medically Compromised and Special Needs Patients 0.5
DDDS 9210Advanced Technologies in General Dentistry 0.5
DDDS 9230Advanced Endodontics Concepts 0.5
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 168