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Dental Early Acceptance Program (DEAP)


DEAP, also known as the 3 + 4 Program, can provide students at UTSA and at other undergraduate institutions with DEAP agreements with conditional, early acceptance to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School.  Once accepted to DEAP, students may earn both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology from UTSA and their Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at the UTHSCSA Dental School within a seven year period.

While DEAP can provide a wonderful opportunity for some students, it is not a good fit for all students.  Therefore, it is important for prospective DEAP students to learn as much as possible about DEAP and about preparing for dental school in general before applying to the program.  The UTSA UHPO requires all interested students to read the information provided on this website and on the following links thoroughly prior to meeting with an advisor.  Students must complete the “Authorization Form” below and submit it to the UHPO in order to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss DEAP.

Dental School Handout – active link to “Dental School” handout under “Prerequisite Coursework” of “Health Professions Resources”

Frequently asked questions for prospective and current DEAP students

DEAP Information Sheet


Authorization Form for Prospective DEAP Students to Meet with a UHPO Advisor

DEAP Information Sessions

This semester no DEAP information sessions will be held. Please direct all DEAP questions to Dr. Nelson via her email address:

See the events tab on the main page for the upcoming DEAP schedule for future semesters.


Students who are interested in participating in DEAP at UTSA must first meet the following criteria to be considered eligible to apply:

  • Student must be an admitted and enrolled student at UTSA.
  • Student must have completed at least 12 semester credit hours at UTSA and no more than 30 semester credit hours of total college work.  Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit will be considered toward this semester credit hour maximum on an individual basis.
  • Student must be able to complete at least 60 semester credit hours at UTSA prior to matriculation to the Dental School through DEAP.
  • Student must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA around 3.2 or above.
  • Student must be a Texas resident or request a waiver for entry to DEAP from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the UTHSCSA Dental School.

In addition to these eligibility requirements, there are some other factors that can affect prospective students’ “fit” for DEAP.  Students should meet with a DEAP advisor from the UTSA UHPO for more information. 


Students who believe they will be able to meet the eligibility requirements to DEAP may complete the following steps to apply to DEAP:
  • Read all information pertinent to DEAP on the UHPO Website.
  • Complete an Authorization Form for Prospective DEAP Students to Meet with a UHPO Advisor and submit to the UHPO front desk to schedule an advising appointment.
  • Meet with an advisor at the UHPO to discuss DEAP further and create a personalized semester-by-semester for possibly completing undergraduate DEAP requirements within a three-year period.
  • Complete or obtain all DEAP application materials, if still desired upon reflection of initial meeting with the UHPO advisor. 
Application materials include:
  • Paper application
  • Essay on motivations to enter the dental profession (on paper application)
  • Official college transcripts
  • Passport-sized photo.
  • Meet again with UHPO advisor to submit and review all application materials.  The advisor will need to sign and mail all materials to the UTHSCSA Dental School.
  • Visit the office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the UTHSCSA Dental School for an interview, if invited.  Interviews are intended to determine applicants’ motivation for the dental profession, qualities of character, and personality of value as a future dentist.

Upon completing the above admission requirements, students will receive an official letter from the UTHSCSA Dental School stating whether or not they have been accepted to the program.  Those who are accepted to DEAP should maintain consistent communication with their UHPO advisor regarding their progress with DEAP.  Those who are not accepted to DEAP are encouraged to prepare for traditional admission to dental school and to continue seeking guidance from their UHPO advisor.