TAMIU, The UT Dental Branch Ink Early Acceptance Dentistry Program
Texas A&M International University students considering a career
in dentistry will soon benefit from the launching of an early acceptance
program between the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston and TAMIU.
The joint agreement was signed by representatives of
The UT Dental Branch program and TAMIU in special ceremonies
held in the lobby of the Center for the Fine and Performing
Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m.
Dr. Dan Jones, TAMIU provost and vice president for
Academic Affairs, said the agreement will provide TAMIU
students with a remarkable opportunity to participate
in The UT Dental Branch's Dental Early Acceptance Program
"Our students have expressed a keen interest in
the availability of such a program and we are honored
to be able to work with The UT Dental Branch to make
this a reality for them," Dr. Jones said.
He explained that the program will offer highly qualified
students with an interest in dentistry who demonstrate
the ability to overcome adverse or disadvantaged circumstances
to be considered for and receive conditional early
acceptance at The UT Dental Branch. The UT Dental Branch
already has similar agreements with Prairie View A&M,
UT-El Paso, Texas A&M Kingsville, UT-Brownsville,
and UT-Pan American.
"In turn, the program offers guidance and support
mechanisms and will work to make available mentoring
relationships, academic enrichment programs, and professional
development programs to facilitate the success of program
participants," he noted.
Dr. Catherine Flaitz, interim dean, said the agreement
represents a strong effort by The UT Dental Branch
to continue to deliver on its commitment and mission
to provide dental education and access to dental service
to the state of Texas.
"I am very pleased that The U.T. Dental Branch
will be working closely with Texas A&M International
University to ensure that highly motivated, deserving
students who want to pursue careers in dentistry will
be given the chance to gain early acceptance to our
school. Our mission is to educate and train the most
competent and compassionate dentists and dental hygienists
for Texans, and this program will help us accomplish
that goal," Dr. Flaitz said.
Dr. Phil Pierpont, associate dean for Student Affairs,
said the agreement also signals an interest in enlarging
the pool of dental students.
"This initiative is a further example of our commitment
to make an excellent dental education program available
to a larger pool of students and to increase access
to quality dental care for the citizens of our State,"
Dr. Pierpont said.
This is the second early admission dental program launched
this week by TAMIU. The first involves the University
of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Criteria for acceptance into the program include that
the student be an accepted and enrolled TAMIU student,
declare their interest in the DEAP, completion of an
application and biographical statement, SAT or ACT
scores and high school and University transcripts,
an interview with The UT Dental Branch officials and
participation in a Summer Enrichment Program.
In addition, for final acceptance students must maintain
a minimum overall GPA in coursework at TAMIU of 3.2
and a minimum science GPA of 3.0., earn an acceptable
score on the Dental Admissions Test, and receive positive
recommendations for the program.
Outstanding Program participants may be considered
for early enrollment at The UT Dental Branch and, if
undergraduate curricular requirements have been followed
by the candidate at TAMIU, they will be eligible to
receive their degree from TAMIU upon successful completion
of their first year studies (with a minimum grade of
"B" in each course) at The UT Dental Branch.
Complete information on criteria for acceptance is
available at either TAMIU or The UT Dental Branch.
The UT Dental Branch is the oldest institution of higher
learning in Houston. Founded in 1905 as the Texas
Dental College, a privately owned school. Late in
1943, the school, then known as the Texas Dental College,
reopened as The University of Texas School of Dentistry,
later renamed The University of Texas Dental Branch.
In 1945, the UT Board of Regents authorized creation
of the School of Dental Hygiene as part of the Dental
Branch, so 2005 marks the centennial of the Dental
Branch as well as the 50th anniversary of the Dental
The Dental Branch sponsors 12 accredited academic programs,
and is the only school in the country that offers a
full array of the eight recognized dental specialty
programs, both of the recognized graduate primary care
programs, and a dental hygiene program. Dental Branch
outreach programs are conducted at more than 80 sites
throughout Texas and provide care to almost a hundred
thousand Texans a year.
This past January, ten The UT Dental Branch faculty
members were selected by their peers to be included
in the 2004-2005 edition of The Best Dentists in America,
based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Last October,
the The UT Dental Branch student chapter of the Hispanic
Dental Association won the Orgullo National Service
Award created by the Proctor & Gamble Company to
honor projects that serve the community's dental needs
and help recruit new students into the dental professions.
For additional information on the TAMIU-The UT Dental
Branch Dental Early Acceptance Program, please contact
Dr. Dan Mott, associate dean of the TAMIU College of
Arts and Sciences, at 956.326.2583.
Additional information on The UT Dental Branch is available by visiting www.db.uth.tmc.edu/
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