University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School


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. Grading Policy A letter grade system is used.

Unique Programs

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 used.

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