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Program Overview

The primary objective of Texas A&M College of Dentistry’s (College of Dentistry) Post-Baccalaureate Program (PBP) is to assist students from underserved populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds* in gaining acceptance into the College of Dentistry after successful completion of PBP. This will be achieved by enrolling in a rigorous year-long curriculum that will focus on Dental Admission Test (DAT) preparation and upper-division science courses. Students will enhance their test-taking skills and develop more effective learning strategies by participating in specially-designed seminars and workshops.  

Program Curriculum

2017 Summer Component: May 22, 2017 - June 30, 2017 

The first summer component will entail intense DAT preparation, including tutoring, review sessions, and mock DATs.  PBP fellows must score as follows on the DAT: Academic Average, 19 or higher; Total Science, 18 or higher; Biology, 18 or higher, General Chemistry, 18 or higher; Organic Chemistry, 18 or higher; Reading Comprehension, 19 or higher; Perceptual Ability, 17 or higher; and Quantitative Reasoning, 17 or higher.   The DAT may not be taken more than two times during the Program. Fellows will be required to take the DAT before the start of the fall semester.

Fellows will participate in a Learning Strategies course, which will teach study skills and time-management. A Pre-Clinical Dentistry course will give fellows the opportunity to engage in dental laboratory exercises.  A Cultural Competence Seminar will help prepare fellows to serve a diverse patient population

2017-2018 Academic Year Component

 The academic year component will consist of 30 hours of courses to enhance fellows’ science backgrounds and to improve their communication and other social skills.  These courses will include a minimum of four (4) upper-division biology courses per semester.  Courses will be offered by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).  Each participant will be advised as to the proper courses in which to enroll during the academic year.  

The curriculum will be designed specifically to magnify the strengths of each fellow’s academic profile, as well as focus on the real and perceived weaknesses in her/his preparatory background.  Fellows must earn a GPA of 3.40 or higher in courses taken at UTD.  

2018 Summer Component

The second summer component will offer Pre-Clinical Dentistry, Introduction to the Human Body, Biomedical Sciences, Investigating Dentistry, and Learning Strategies courses. 

The curriculum is designed to enhance academic success during the fellow’s first year of dental school.  All courses offered during both summer sessions at the College of Dentistry must be successfully completed to the satisfaction of faculty.  This includes a grade of “C (75)” or better in the Pre-Clinical Dentistry courses and “B(84)” or better in all other graded courses.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this program, applicants MUST:

  • Be a legal resident of Texas
  • Have applied to Texas A&M College of Dentistry for admission into the dental program. A  Texas A&M College of Dentistry application must be on file.
  • Lack no more than one College of Dentistry prerequisite course.  All College of Dentistry pre-requisite course grades must be a ‘C’ or better. For a list of prerequisite courses, go to: . Preference will be given to candidates who have completed ALL of Texas A&M College of Dentistry’s prerequisites 
  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited college or university by May 22, 2017
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Have a DAT Academic Average score of at least 15
  • Must not have taken the DAT more than a total of 2 times before the start of the program
  • **Be a member of a dentally-underserved population and/or be considered academically or economically disadvantaged and
  • Demonstrate a strong potential of working with underserved populations or in communities with limited access to dental health care

**An academically disadvantaged individual is one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill and ability to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school. For the purpose of this program, an applicant is considered academically disadvantaged:

  • If he or she is or will be a first generation college graduate to earn a baccalaureate degree in his or her family, or
  • If he or she meets at least 4 of the following criteria:
    • English is not the applicant’s primary language
    • Overcame or is experiencing extreme hardship
    • From a single parent family
    • Non-traditional student (including older age)
    • Significant employment while attending school
    • Attended a low-performing high school
    • Resident of a financially poor school district
    • Resident of  a county designated as underserved by health professionals
    • Resident of a lowest 10% per capita income county
    • Other disadvantaged factor(s) identified by the applicant

An economically disadvantaged individual is one who comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, published by the U.S. Census Bureau in the Federal Register, and adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee is composed of the Program Director, the Executive Director of Recruitment and   Admissions and other appropriate faculty.  The Committee will review applications and select applicants to interview and admit into the program. Participants who successfully complete the PBP will be admitted to Texas A&M College of Dentistry.  

Number of Participants

Sixteen (16) participants will be selected.

How to Apply 

All applicants must complete and submit the PBP on-line application and all supporting documents by FEBRUARY 13, 2017.

Access the PBP on-line application at

  • Log-in by entering the username and password you created for the DDS application. 
    (After signing in and you do not see the 2017 PBP application, click the drop down arrow next to your name, click Preferences, click the link under Space Enrollment, click Admissions – College of Dentistry 2017 PBP. If you continue to encounter log-in issues, please contact
  • Complete the assigned documents
    • Statistical Questionnaire
    • 2017-2018 PBP Primary Application
  • Submit the following: (detailed instructions on the following documents can be found in the on-line application)
    • One letter of recommendation from a pre-dental/health advisor or two letters from science professors who taught you 
    • Most current official transcripts from all accredited colleges and/or universities attended 
    • Official ADA copy of  DAT scores  

Status Notification

Applicants will be notified of their status in the program by March 24, 2017.

Participant Financial Responsibility

Each Post-Baccalaureate Program participant will be responsible for securing funds (personal or loans) to cover program-related costs.

Estimated school-related expenses (tuition, fees, books, etc.) and living expenses for the fall and spring semesters at UTD is $30,000.00. Please visit UTD’s website for more information. 

Program Disclosure

Once PBP participants have started the program, if they withdraw from PBP for any reason, they will be responsible for reimbursing the College of Dentistry all financial support provided to them.  This financial support includes, but is not limited to: stipends, lodging, DAT application fees, materials, and supplies.  The reasons for withdrawal from PBP include, but are not limited to:  1) applying to and accepting an offer of admission to another dental school while in PBP or after successful completion of the program, and 2) withdrawing from PBP due to plans to pursue a profession other than dentistry.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D34HP24458 and title Bridge to Dentistry: Awareness to Practicing, Teaching and Research for grant amount $3,419,234 and ~28% financed with nongovernmental sources (Texas A&M College of Dentistry). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

For more information, contact:

Ernie S. Lacy, D.D.S.
Executive Director, Student Development & Multicultural Affairs
Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program  

Natasha Sneed 
Administrative Coordinator, Student Development & Multicultural Affairs

Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Student Development & Multicultural Affairs
3302 Gaston Avenue, Rm. 365
Dallas, TX  75246
Phone: 214.828.8332
Fax: 214.874.4502