The Pre-Dental Track concentrates on knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to better prepare students for the dental school application process, enhances their likelihood of success once admitted, and provides them with a better perspective of interaction between the clinic and the laboratory. The curriculum focuses on areas of dental science including dental anatomy, dental materials, and dental research. Students are exposed to the opportunity to fabricate and evaluate dental prostheses, an extremely important asset for the dental student and even more important for the practicing dentist. Students will conduct a research project that culminates in a presentation and submission for publication. Coursework, extracurricular experiences, and preparatory skills are developed to enhance the special areas of effective clinical/laboratory communication, interview techniques, case studies, basic research methods, and professional development activities. This Pre-Dental Track addresses these and other qualifications designed to make students more competitive when entering the dental school application process.
The UTHSCSA is a health science center environment. Although we are not a part of the dental school, our students have the opportunity to interact with students from the dental school, medical school, nursing school, graduate school, and school of health professions. All students enjoy equal opportunities to serve on any/all student related committees and intramural activities.