The Baylor College of Dentistry is located in Dallas’s
metropolitan area. The school opened in 1905 as the
State Dental College and joined the Baylor University system in 1918. Its status changed in 1971 when
it became a private, nonprofit, nonsecterian corporation. In 1996 the college joined the Texas A&M
University system. It is now a public institution,
known as Baylor College of Dentistry. Graduate programs are offered in a large number of specialties and
a continuing educational program is also available, along with
a BS in dental hygiene.
The college also services patients through it’s clinic, which is open Monday through Friday and those interested in obtaining dental services need to make an appointment first.
The college provides a comprehensive dental education and students enroll in one of the following departments:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Dental Hygiene
- Diagnostic Sciences
- General Dentristry
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Public Health Sciences
- Restorative Sciences
Here, students can earn a B.S., M.S., M.D., D.D.S., D.D.S./Ph.D, or a M.S./Ph.D. Students also take part in the Dental Simulation Clinic, one of only 22 in the country and the first in Texas, which gives them hands-on experience using dental tools and practicing operating techniques. The college also prides itself on keeping current with all dental procedures that are developed and therefore, continuing education is available to graduates who seek to learn new processes.
The basic pre-dental science courses and 1 year of
English are required. Recommended courses include
biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, psychology, business management, foreign language, literature,
mechanical drawing, and art. Strong preference is
given to state residents. Transfer and advanced
standing: Applicants must meet the school’s requirements. Foreign dental graduates are usually accepted
into the second-year class.
The facilities include a modern 7-story building plus
a library, a seminar building, and a multilevel parking
This is a commuter school, which does not contain any housing and students here focus mainly on academic work. Students typically live in the city of Dallas which is nearby, and there are some clubs and organizations students in the dental college can join and meet up with fellow academics.
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