TAMIU, UTHSCSA Launch Early Admission Dentistry Program
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students considering
a career in dentistry will soon benefit from the launching of 3+4 Dual
Degree and Dental Early Admission Program (DEAP) program between TAMIU
and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
The joint agreement was signed by representatives of
the UTHSCSA program and TAMIU in special ceremonies
at the Student Center Rotunda on Monday, Feb. 2 at
Dr. Dan Jones, TAMIU provost and vice president for
Academic Affairs, said the innovative agreement will
provide TAMIU students with an opportunity to receive
both a Bachelors degree in Biology from TAMIU and a
Doctor of Dental Surgery from UTHSCSA within seven
"This is a remarkable opportunity for our students
and one we feel will generate great interest for students
in our region," Dr. Jones said.
Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, UTHSCSA president, and Laredo
native, said that this is an example of outstanding
collaboration, with students being the beneficiaries.
"We are excited about this partnership with TAMIU
and are looking forward to expanding the opportunities
available to South Texas students." Dr. Cigarroa
Briefly, accepted students complete a curriculum of
103 hours at TAMIU, completing summer research opportunities
in San Antonio between the second and third undergraduate
years. The student must take the Dental Admission
Test (DAT) before the third undergraduate year and
enroll at UTHSCSA contingent upon a variety of criteria
related to GPA, DAT score, and positive recommendations.
Following successful completion of the freshman academic
year at the Dental School, the students will be granted
a B.S. degree in Biology from TAMIU. Following successful
completion of the four-year curriculum of the Dental
School, the students will be granted a D.D.S. degree
by the UTHSCSA Dental School.
This is the first dual degree, DEAP dental program to
be offered at TAMIU. A second, similar program will
also be delivered with The University of Texas Health
Science Center at Houston on behalf of its Dental Branch.
The UTHSCSA Dental School mission and goals (education,
research, patient care, and service) have traditionally
focused on South Texas. The School's provision of dental
education programs includes community-based clinical
training at affiliated sites in South Texas, which
are located in Dental Health Profession Shortage Areas
For additional information on the TAMIU- UTHSCSA Dual
Degree-DEAP Program Acceptance Program, please contact
Dr. Dan Mott, associate dean of the TAMIU College of
Arts and Sciences, at 956.326.2583.
lnformation on UTHSCSA is also available by visiting www.dental.uthscsa.edu/
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