The admissions requirements for the Baylor School of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, are the Dental Admissions Test, at least 90 semester hours, and a minimum grade of C for all prerequisite courses. These requirements are for the Doctor of Dental Surgery program; admission into the dental hygiene program is handled by the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene.
No specific pre-dental degree programs or colleges are required, although a strong background in the sciences is helpful. To qualify for admission into the Baylor School of Dentistry, a student must complete eight semester hours each of general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, three semester hours each of statistics and biochemistry, and six semester hours of English. In addition, a prospective student must complete 12 semester hours of biology, consisting of 12 hours of lectures and two hours of formal laboratory.
The most important consideration for qualifying is academic achievement as indicated by the student's grade-point average and DAT results. The student should plan to take the DAT in the spring or summer before applying. As of 2015, the application process starts May 1 and ends September 30 of the year prior to the desired admission.
This college participates in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service, which handles all applications for the three dental schools in Texas. Texas residents have to run their applications through this system. Non-Texas residents can either apply through the TMDSAS or the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service, or they can use the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry application packet available online.