Table 3

Objectives and components of structured programs in Baylor College of Dentistry’s Bridge to Dentistry

ProgramObjectivesComponents
Project Dental Awareness (PDA)Increase students’ dental health and career awarenessDental presentations/hands-on activities for all Pre-K to 3rd graders in five elementary schools
Future Dentists Club (FDC)Increase students’ dental health awareness, career awareness, and dental knowledgeMonthly meetings; community service projects; hands-on dental activities
Field TripsIncrease students’ dental health and career awarenessDental presentations; hands-on activities; tour of college
Summer Predental Enrichment Program for Tenth Graders (SPEP 10)Increase students’ dental health awareness, career awareness, and dental knowledgeHands-on dental activities; investigation and presentation of dental topics; discussions on dental careers
Summer Predental Enrichment Program for Eleventh Graders (SPEP 11)Increase students’ dental health awareness, career awareness, and dental knowledgeHands-on dental activities; investigation and presentation of dental topics; discussions on dental careers
Summer Predental Enrichment Program for Twelfth Graders (SPEP 12)Increase students’ preparedness for the SAT; facilitate students’ college entrance; increase/nurture interest in dentistrySAT prep course; preclinical dentistry lab course; investigating dentistry course; learning strategies seminars; social skills development seminars; pre-college admissions workshops; career awareness seminars; clinical rotations; field trips to colleges/universities
Summer Predental Enrichment Program for High School Graduates (Pre-College SPEP)Ease students’ transition from high school to college and nurture interest in dentistryTwo courses at local two-year college; DAT prep course; preclinical dentistry course; investigating dentistry course; clinical rotations; career awareness seminars
Summer Predental Enrichment Program for College Students (SPEP Collegiate)Increase students’ preparedness for taking the DAT and facilitate their entry into dental schoolDAT prep course; introduction to the human body course; preclinical dentistry course; introduction to dental sciences course; investigating dentistry course; learning strategies seminars; clinical rotations; pre-application counseling; application preparation workshop; financial aid workshop; cultural competence workshop
Post-Baccalaureate Program (PBP)Increase science foundation and facilitate entry to dental school of students who satisfy program requirements of 1) 18 on Academic Average and 16 on Perceptual Ability Test of the DAT and 2) GPA of 3.25 in 30 hours of upper division science courses30 semester hours of upper division biology courses; DAT prep course; introduction to the human body course; preclinical dentistry course; investigating dentistry course; learning strategies seminars; clinical rotations