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Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Degree

Dentists diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, gums, and mouth. They examine patient’s mouths for cavities, sores, swelling or other signs of disease. They can enhance their patient’s appearance through dental techniques such as braces, dentures, or dental surgery.  



Timeline for dental school applicants. This timeline is subject to change based on students’ competitiveness and readiness to apply.

dental school application timeline

Pre-requisite Coursework

Before applying, dental schools will expect you to establish academic readiness through undergraduate coursework. Dental schools have specific coursework that is required for admission.

Research the requirements of the schools where you plan to apply. You can consult the individual dental school websites for information on admission requirements. A guide from the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools provides information on admission requirements for dental schools

Texas Dental School Coursework Requirements

14 hours of biology (12 hours lecture + 2 hours in labs)
UTSA course sequence BIO 1404, BIO 1414, BIO 2313, BIO 3713*
*BIO 3713 is required by both Texas A&M and UT Houston Dental school programs

8 hours Anatomy & Physiology (6 hours lecture + 2 hours lab) required by Texas A&M
UTSA course sequence: BIO 2053 + BIO 2051 (lab) and BIO 2063 + BIO 2061 (lab)

8 hours inorganic chemistry (6 hours lecture + 2 hours lab)
UTSA course sequence: CHE 1103 + CHE 1121 (lab) and CHE 1113 + CHE 1131 (lab)
8 hours organic chemistry (6 hours lecture + 2 hours lab)
UTSA course sequence: CHE 2603 + CHE 2612 (lab) and CHE 3643
3 hours biochemistry
UTSA approved courses: BIO 3513 or CHE 4303

8 hours Physics (6 hours lecture + 2 hours lab)
PHY 1603 + PHY 1611 (lab) and PHY 1623 + PHY 1631 (lab);  or
PHY 1943 + PHY 1951 (lab) and PHY 1963 + PHY 1971 (lab)
3 hours statistics
UTSA approved courses: STA 1053, STA 1403, PSY 2073, MS 1023