Welcome to the Center of Excellence 

Texas A&M College of Dentistry currently enjoys a reputation as one of the most diverse dental schools in the nation.

The college is expanding its diversity-related initiatives with the Center of Excellence, made possible in 2017 with a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Bridge to Dentistry

Outreach and Educational Programs Leading to Careers in Dentistry 

Overview of Programs

The Bridge to Dentistry programs are offered by the Office of Student Development and the Center of Excellence.

To find out more you may browse the site, or use the navigation panel to the right from anywhere on the site.


2019 collegiate participants in Center of Excellence's Summer Predental Enrichment Program

COE core components

Core components of Texas A&M University College of Dentistry’s Center of Excellence Program include:

  • Pipeline Activities for Pre-dental Students - offering academic enrichment activities which help students from underserved communities enhance their competitiveness for admission to dental school.
  • Student Performance - graduating greater than 90% of students from all ethnic and racial groups.
  • Faculty Development - providing opportunities for dental students to earn a Certificate or Master of Science degree in Education for Healthcare Professionals and supporting junior faculty as they prepare for promotion and/or tenure.
  • Literature and Resources - increasing the Baylor Health Sciences Library Public Health & Community Medicine and Dentistry Collection, with holdings related to underserved groups and health, socioeconomic and cultural issues.
  • Research - involving faculty and students in summer research projects geared toward health issues of underserved or minority populations.
  • Student training - Providing opportunities for more students to work at off-site clinics that serve the underserved.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a part of an award totaling $3,493,000 with ~30% financed with non-governmental sources (Texas A&M College of Dentistry). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

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Physical Address:

3302 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246
(214) 828-8987