The UTHSCSA Dental School is located in the
Health Science Center, whose other components are
the Medical School, schools of Nursing and Allied
Health Sciences, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The Dental School provides
graduate education in many specialties as well as
general dentistry. The programs in dental hygiene and
dental laboratory technology offered by the School of
Allied Sciences are housed in the North Campus.
4-year traditional. Some courses are offered in an
integrated format. The basic sciences are offered
throughout the 4 years. Clinical experience begins in
the freshman year and increases thereafter. Juniors
are taught the team approach. Seniors are provided
with the opportunity to diagnose, plan treatment, and
execute clinical procedures on patients under conditions that approximate private practice. Such
comprehensive dental care is carried out under supervision at extramural programs off campus.
A letter grade system is used.
A combined DDS-PhD program is offered with the
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The basic predental science courses and 1 additional
year of biology are required. Recommended courses
include biochemistry, upper-division biology,
advanced literature, conversational Spanish, and
those that will assist in the development of manual
skills (such as sculpting, ceramics, etc.) Strong preference is given to legal residents of Texas. Transfer
and advanced standing: Students from other U.S.,
Canadian, and foreign dental schools may apply for
advanced standing on a very limited basis.
The school building is designed to facilitate the educational process. It provides an individual cubicle for
each lower-level student in multidiscipline laboratories and a fully equipped clinical cubicle for
upper-level students. Off-campus facilities are also
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