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 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.

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 awarding of a DDS and a PhD in Oral Biology. A combined-degree program has been available for over 15 years.

Admission Requirements DDS/PhD

Admission into this combined program requires that the applicant be accepted into the DDS program first, and then make a separate application to the PhD in Oral Biology program. The applicant completes the forms, including 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. Selected applicants will be interviewed by the Oral Biology 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.

This program is offered at the College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.

Professional Curriculum

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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
DDDS 601 Biological Foundations of Dentistry 2
DDDS 602 Human Structure, Function and Disease I 8
DDDS 604 Human Defenses and Responses to Infectious Disease 1 4
DDDS 605 Pathologic Basis of Disease 1
DDDS 611 Ethical Practice 1 3
DDDS 612 Integrated Practice of Dentistry 1 2.5
DDDS 614 Introduction to Restorative Dentistry I 5
 Semester Credit Hours25.5
DDDS 603 Human Structure, Function and Disease II 9.5
DDDS 615 Introduction to Restorative Dentistry II 7
 Semester Credit Hours16.5
Second Year
DDDS 702 Oral Pathology 2 2.5
DDDS 714 Comprehensive Dentistry Clinic 2 3
DDDS 716 Integrated Practice of Dentistry Didactic I 3 6
DDDS 717 Integrated Practice of Dentistry Lab I 3 7
DDDS 721 Preclinical Diagnostic Science 2 4
DDDS 731 Prevention and Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 1
DDDS 742 Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide/Conscious Sedations 1.5
 Semester Credit Hours25
DDDS 701 Dental Pharmacology 1.5
DDDS 711 Ethical Practice 1 1.5
DDDS 741 Basic Principles and Techniques of Exodontia and Dentoalveolar Surgery 1
DDDS 761 Growth and Development Orthodontics 1 1.5
 Semester Credit Hours5.5
DDDS 718 Integrated Practice of Dentistry Didactic II 4
DDDS 719 Integrated Practice of Dentistry Lab II 5
DDDS 771 Pediatric Dentistry 2.5
 Semester Credit Hours11.5
Third Year
DDDS 814 Comprehensive Dentistry Clinic 2 17
DDDS 818 Integrated Practice of Dentistry I 3 8
 Semester Credit Hours25
DDDS 802 Medical Pharmacology 1.5
DDDS 811 Ethical Practice 1 2
DDDS 821 Clinical Principles of Patient Evaluation 2
DDDS 841 Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1 2
DDDS 871 Pediatric Dentistry 1 1.5
 Semester Credit Hours9
DDDS 819 Integrated Practice of Dentistry II 6.5
DDDS 861 Orthodontics 1.5
 Semester Credit Hours8
Fourth Year
DDDS 914 Comprehensive Dentistry Clinic 2 28
DDDS 917 Dental Board Review 3 4
DDDS 921 Advanced Principles of Patient Evaluation and Management 3 1.5
 Semester Credit Hours33.5
DDDS 902 Applied Pharmacology 0.5
DDDS 961 Orthodontics IV Interdisciplinary and Clinical Topics in Orthodontics 1
DDDS 971 Pediatric Dentistry 1
 Semester Credit Hours2.5
DDDS 911 Ethical Practice 2
 Semester Credit Hours2
 Total Semester Credit Hours164

Students are required to complete a minimum of two Selective courses which can be taken in any semester. See advisor for a complete list of approved courses.