Dual Degree/Early Acceptance (3+4) Program

DDS Dual Degree

How do you figure that?
UTHSCSA's dual degree program with cooperating undergraduate schools allows students to apply credits earned during Dental School to college requirements, saving a year’s work while earning both a bachelor’s degree and a dental degree. This program is intended for students coming straight out of high school.

This program is intended for students straight out of high school with academic excellence and a demonstrated interest in Dentistry as a career.

Here's how it all adds up.
The student can apply after 12 hours of college hours, but no more than 30 hours. Applicants will be considered based on academic achievement, standardized test scores, community activities, socioeconomic history, awards, honors, knowledge of the profession and letters of recommendations.
The student interested in dentistry applies when he/she has completed between 12 and 30 hours of college work, and is attending a college or university affiliated with the UTHSCSA Dental Schools' Dual Degree/Early Acceptance (3+4) Program.
The faculty of the Dental School interview the student to ensure that the student’s motivation for dental studies and his/her character and personality traits indicate potential for success in dentistry. An acceptable interview makes the student eligible for participation in the program and for admission to the Dental School upon the successful completion of undergraduate requirements.
The deadline to submit an application is March 31st. Interviews will be conducted in April and May.

During the three-year undergraduate portion of the 3+4 Program, students will...
• Complete a special three-year curriculum designed by the undergraduate institution.
• Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) by November 1
• Submit a formal application to the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service before October 1 of the third year.

The student is ready to enroll in Dental School when he/she has...
• Completed predental requirements and the undergraduate institution’s special three-year curriculum;
• Earned a grade of “C” or better in prerequisite courses and maintained a cumulative GPA and Science GPA of 3.4 in undergraduate work;
• Scored at least an 19 on the Academic Average of the DAT;
• Established a record of ethical behavior during college years and received a positive recommendation from the predental advisory committee of the undergraduate school.

As the student completes required courses in Dental School, credit for designated courses will be applied to undergraduate degree requirements as well. Generally, the bachelor’s degree is awarded by the undergraduate institution when the student has completed the first or second year of dental studies.

The Doctor of Dental Surgery degree is awarded upon successful completion of the four-year dental curriculum.

For additional information about this program, contact the Dental School at the address below or the 3+4 advisor at the undergraduate school you are interested in attending.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs
UTHSCSA Dental School, MSC #7906
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio TX 78229-3900
(210) 567-3180

Applicants must be US citizens or resident aliens, and Texas residents. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony will not be granted acceptance except in unusual circumstances.

Download the list of participating schools

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