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Collegiate II Program

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2017 Collegiate II Group

Program Objectives

SPEP Collegiate II is a six-week program which provides college and post-college students an opportunity to:

  • prepare for and successfully take the DAT,
  • strengthen their academic science background,
  • learn more about the field of dental medicine,
  • broaden their interest in biomedical and clinical sciences,
  • learn useful study patterns for professional study,
  • increase their competitiveness for admission to dental school, and
  • enhance their success once admitted to dental school.
  • How to Apply

    All applicants must complete and submit the SPEP Collegiate II on-line application and all supporting documents by January 31, 2018.

    The Collegiate II application is available here.

    • Create a username and password by clicking “REGISTER”
    • Complete the following assigned documents:
      • Statistical Questionnaire
      • 2018 SPEP Collegiate II Primary Application
      • Submit one letter of recommendation from a predental/pre-health advisory committee OR two letters from science professors from courses taken
      • Submit most current official transcripts from all accredited college/universities attended
      • If you have taken the DAT, we will need a copy of your scores.

    • Detailed instructions about supporting documents can be found on the on-line application.

    Note:  If you have previously created an account (reapplying) and have log-in issues, please log-in by entering the username and password you created.  After log-in, if you do not see the 2018 SPEP Collegiate II application, click on the drop down arrow next to your name, click PREFERENCES, click SPACE ENROLLMENT, and click ADMISSIONS-COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY 2018 SPEP COLLEGIATE II. Should you continue to encounter log-in issues, please contact: jvillarreal@tamhsc.edu

  • Program Requirements
    • To be eligible for consideration, all individuals must:
      • Have dentistry as their career choice
      • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident (preference will be given to residents of the State of Texas)
      • Have completed 60 semester hours of college by the end of the Spring Semester, 2018
      • Have completed 8 hours of general chemistry, 8 hours of biology, and 8 hours of organic chemistry by the end of the Spring Semester, 2018
      • Provide all transcripts from colleges/universities attended
      • Have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher
      • Submit an online application, including a one-page essay stating how SPEP Collegiate II will benefit the applicant’s pursuit of dentistry as a career
      • Submit one letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Pre- Health Advisor (or Advisory Committee) or two letters of recommendation from science professors from courses taken
      • Complete a phone interview with Program staff
      • Sign a contract, agreeing to participate in all required Program activities
      • Have first and second injections of the Hepatitis B vaccination series completed and current T.B. skin test before attending the Program
      • Be a member of a dentally-underserved population and/or be from a *disadvantaged background.  Demonstrate a strong potential of working with underserved populations or in communities with limited access to dental health care.
      • An academically disadvantaged individual is one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill and ability to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school. For the purpose of this program, an applicant is considered academically disadvantaged if he or she is or will be a first generation college graduate to earn a baccalaureate degree in his or her family. An applicant is also considered academically disadvantaged if he or she meets at least 4 of the following criteria: 
      • English is not the applicant’s primary language
      • Overcame or is experiencing extreme hardship
      • From a single parent family
      • Non-traditional student (including older age)
      • Significant employment while attending school
      • Attended a low-performing high school
      • Resident of a financially poor school district
      • Resident of  a county designated as underserved by health professionals
      • Resident of a lowest 10% per capita income county
      • Other disadvantaged factor(s) identified by the applicant
    • * An economically disadvantaged individual is one who comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, published by the U.S. Census Bureau in the Federal Register, and adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index.
      Note: The pre-dental programs offered via Bridge to Dentistry will not accept auditors. Applicants who do not satisfy eligibility requirements, or cannot commit to the program in its entirety, will not be considered.
  • Program Curriculum

    The curriculum for the 2018 Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for College Students (SPEP Collegiate II) consists of five core courses designed to augment the students' knowledge base for taking the DAT and to help them prepare for dental school:

    • Introduction to the Human Body integrates the biomedical sciences within a problem-based learning environment.
    • Pre-Clinical Dentistry demonstrates the application of preclinical courses to dental practice and provides hands-on experiences using dental materials.
    • Learning Strategies promotes the effective use of learning techniques and study skills.
    • DAT Preparation assists participants in preparing to take the Dental Admissions Test.
    • Investigating Dentistry provides students with an opportunity to investigate a dental topic and present the findings.

    In addition, the students participate in workshops and activities such as:

    • Cultural competence seminar
    • Pre-admissions counseling
    • Intramural and extramural clinical rotations
    • Interacting with dental students, faculty, and administrators.
  • Participant Responsibilities

    SPEP Collegiate II participants are responsible for:

    • Travel
    • Parking Expenses (to, from, and during the Program)
    • Immunization fees
  • Selection Process

    A selection committee, composed of the Program Director and Program Faculty, will review all applications and interview up to 50 applicants by phone to determine applicant motivation. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled in a four year college/university have earned a Bachelor’s degree, and have a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer/observation in a dental environment (i.e. office, clinic, dental school).   

  • Participant Support
    • Stipend to cover the cost of food and other expenses
    • Housing accommodations
    • DAT application fee, if taken within six months of the program's DAT registration deadline
    • Clinic and laboratory supplies
    • Notebooks and other instructional materials
    • Access to college's nurse
  • Number of Participants

    A minimum of twenty (20) applicants will be selected.

  • Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

    The College will pay for the DAT if it is taken within 6 months of the program's DAT registration deadline. If a participant is applying to dental school in the 2018-2019 application cycle, we strongly recommend that the test be taken by July 31, 2018.

    Participants must study for the DAT before the program begins and after it ends. Studying for the DAT should include taking multiple practice tests.

     

  • Sponsoring Institution and Grant Support

    This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D34HP24458 and title Bridge to Dentistry: Awareness to Practicing, Teaching and Research for a five year grant of $3,500,000 and ~28% financed with nongovernmental sources (Texas A&M College of Dentistry). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

  • Texas A&M College of Dentistry Location

    Located in the heart of Dallas, Texas A&M College of Dentistry is adjacent to the Baylor University Medical Center and is the only dental school serving North Texas.

    The College consists of more than 276,000 square feet of modern clinical areas, laboratories, research facilities, and instructional space. For over 100 years, the College of Dentistry has been a Texas resource with an established tradition of excellence in education, service and research.

  • For more information:

    Nicole Friedman, D.D.S.
    Director, SPEP Collegiate II

    Mrs. Janie Villarreal
    Phone: (214) 828-8385
    Fax: (214) 874-4502
    Email: jvillarreal@tamhsc.edu 

    Texas A&M College of Dentistry

    Office of Student Development
    3302 Gaston Avenue, Room 365
    Dallas, Texas 75246



     

Key Dates

START DATE: May 21, 2018
END DATE: June 29, 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
January 31, 2018

NOTIFICATION DATE
NO LATER THAN
March 9, 2018

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Nicole Friedman, D.D.S.
Director, SPEP Collegiate II

Mrs. Janie Villarreal
Administrative Coordinator

Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Office of Student Development
3302 Gaston Avenue, Room 365
Dallas, Texas 75246

Phone: (214) 828-8385
Fax: (214) 874-4502
Email: jvillarreal@tamhsc.edu
Website: dentistry.tamhsc.edu/coe 

 

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