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Texas A&M University System (Baylor College of Dentistry)

As a distinguished resource for dental education in Texas for more than 100 years, Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas is dedicated to combining higher education and research with community service.

The college opened its doors in 1905, was affiliated with Baylor University from 1918 to 1971 and spent the next 25 years as an independent, private institution.

In 1996, HSC-BCD entered an entirely new era as a member of The Texas A&M University System. In 1999, the college became a founding component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Educating Dental Professionals, Scientists and Academicians

HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry is a synergistic environment where students learn life lessons -- in addition to dental medicine -- from a diverse patient population. These patients help prepare HSC-BCD students for the real-life challenges and opportunities awaiting them upon graduation.

Enrollment for the 2006 academic year was 531. Approximately 90 percent of the dental and dental hygiene students and 55 percent of the postdoctoral/graduate students are Texas residents.

Since its founding, HSC-BCD has graduated more than 8,000 dentists and dental hygienists. The college is known internationally for producing excellent clinicians. More than half of all the dentists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area received their dental education at the college, and nearly one-third of all dentists in Texas are HSC-BCD graduates. The college also graduates the largest number of dental hygienists with bachelor's degrees in the state. HSC-BCD recognizes the importance of making opportunities available for graduates to enter a post-graduate experience prior to licensure. Therefore, in addition to the doctor of dental surgery and bachelor's degree in dental hygiene, the college offers a variety of postdoctoral certificate and degree programs.

First-year dental students work with sophisticated software and technology available in HSC-BCD's recently renovated basic sciences and preclinical technique laboratory. Dental anatomy and histology instruction in particular benefit from the state-of-the-art lab, which features a flat-screen digital display at each bench, Corian bench tops with mounted high-intensity task lights, and digitally integrated audiovisual equipment that can be managed from a touch-screen controller. Network connections allow each student to access the local-area network and the Internet. Virtual microscopy enhances the mechanics of histology instruction, offering efficiency and convenience to students as well as faculty.

HSC-BCD's Dental Simulation Clinic opened in fall 2002 as the first in Texas and one of only about 22 in North America. This innovative facility gives preclinical students close-to-real-life clinic experiences through the use of mannequins, hand pieces, air/water syringes and rolling stools, with each of the laboratory's 100 stations designed much like a dental operatory.

The college continues its commitment to a competency-based curriculum. This curriculum is tailored to match specific competencies that the college has developed through an inclusive process involving faculty and students, as well as input from alumni and the practicing dental community. HSC-BCD's comprehensive-care program encourages a patient-centered approach to clinical education, advances the role of faculty as mentors, integrates dental hygiene into the comprehensive-care team, and facilitates computerized patient tracking.

In an effort to attract young people from underserved populations and/or underserved areas into the dental profession, HSC-BCD established its Bridge to Dentistry: Awareness to Graduation program. The program's activities include summer enrichment programs for high school and college students to increase their competitiveness for admission to dental school, a yearlong program that promotes college graduates' admission into dental school, and a variety of programs aimed at encouraging and enabling school-aged children to pursue dental careers. In 2006, Bridge to Dentistry reached more than 3,800 children and young adults.


The mission of BCD is to improve the oral health of Texans and shape the future of dentistry by:

  • Developing exemplary clinicians, educators and scientists.

  • Caring for the needs of a diverse community.

  • Serving as a leader in health professions education.

  • Seeking innovations in science, education and health care delivery.


Following a century of excellence, BCD will continue to be a leader in dental education by:

  • Enhancing instruction through state-of-the-art simulation and management of patient information through digital technologies.

  • Enhancing its national and international reputation for craniofacial and oral biomaterials research.

  • Continuing its leadership role in assessment, institutional effectiveness, and competency-based education.

School name:Texas A&M University SystemBaylor College of Dentistry
Address:3302 Gaston Ave.
Zip & city:75266-0677 Texas
Phone:(214) 828-8100

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