The Houston Dental Branch was founded in 1905 as
the Texas Dental College and later became part of the
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This center includes the Dental School, the
Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and the School of Health Informatics. The Dental
Branch offers graduate and postgraduate dental programs, continuing education, and dental hygiene.
4-year. The curriculum consists of basic science, preclinical, clinical, behavioral science, and elective
instruction. The didactic material is presented in lectures, seminars, problem-based learning sessions, and
laboratories. The clinical portion begins with Introduction to the Clinic and continues with patient
treatment that is focused on completing patient needs
in a timely manner based on a well-developed treatment plan. Students are mentored by academic
advisers and clinical facilitators. Overall management
of the clinical curriculum is through a fully computerized clinical information system. Each class of 74
progresses through the curriculum together. The Dental Branch also has programs in 6 of the dental
specialties, advanced general dentist’s programs, and
A minimum of 90 semester hours, to include prerequisite courses are required. High priority is given to
state residents. Transfer: Students from other U.S.
and Canadian schools may apply. Transfer students
may be admitted to the second- and third-year of
classes if space is available and curriculum compatibility is established.
The school is located in the Texas Medical Center and
is housed in a self-contained, 6-floor building. Preclinical training is carried out in multidisciplinary
laboratories equipped with the latest technology. Clinical activities are performed in individualized clinical
cubicles. Extramural rotations are an integral part of