College of Dentistry

Administrative Officers

Dean - Lawrence E. Wolinsky, Ph.D, D.M.D.

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies - Larry L. Bellinger, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Facilities Services and Planning - Dale A. Christensen, M.B.A.

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs - Paul C. Dechow, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Student Affairs & Student Diversity - Ernie Lacy, D.D.S.

Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs - Stephen J. Griffin, D.D.S.

Executive Director, Recruitment & Admissions - Barbara H. Miller, D.D.S., M.S.

Executive Director, Communications, Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs - Susan Mitchell Jackson, M.A.

Associate Dean, Finance and Administration - Juanna S. Moore, C.P.A.

Admission Information

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, and the American Dental Education Association.

Preparing for a Career in Dentistry if you are in High School

High school 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.

Choosing a College as a Predental Student

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 by phone.

College Courses to Take

The College of Dentistry requires a minimum of 90 semester hours, however, most students complete a baccalaureate 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:

  • Six semester hours of English
  • Eight semester hours of General Chemistry
  • Eight semester hours of Organic Chemistry
  • Eight semester hours of Physics
  • Three semester hours of Biochemistry
  • Fourteen semester hours of Biology – 12 hours of lecture and 2 hours of formal laboratory
  • Three semester hours of Statistics (from Math or Statistics Department) or Biostatistics

No course should be planned for Summer Session 2 of year of entry as it conflicts with the start date.

Suggested Elective Courses

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, Personal Finance, Reading Improvement, Mechanical Drawing, Studio Art, and Hand Crafts 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.

Preferred Major Fields of Study

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.

Academic Calendar

The College of Dentistry operates on a semester system with new classes beginning only once a year. A current calendar is available upon request.

Cost to Attend

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 2017-2018
Texas resident, per semester $2,700
Nonresident, per semester $8,100
Designated Tuition, per semester $3,744
Differential Tuition, per semester $2,700
Summer Clinic Fee (D3 and D4 years only) $500
Instruments Leasing, per year $5,750

Tuition refund policy

Tuition refund policy is available on request.

To view the Cost of Attendance (COA) estimate provided by the Financial Aid Office, please visit their webpage and select the College of Dentistry.

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.

Loan and Scholarship Programs

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.

Attrition Rate

Because of the intense efforts in selecting only highly qualified students, few students fail to complete the programs.

Summer Predental Programs

A Summer Predental Enrichment Program exists to strengthen academic background, introduce the profession of dentistry, improve study skills and increase readiness for admission to Dental School. For information, contact the Director of Student Development, or visit the Office of Student Development.

Opportunities Beyond General Practice

Most DDS 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: Advanced Education in General Dentistry, 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.