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Post-Baccalaureate Program

Make your dream of a dental career a reality!

The CU School of Dental Medicine offers a post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program designed to better prepare students to be accepted into dental school and achieve their dream of becoming a dentist. This one year program concentrates on the sciences to help students improve their credentials and ease the academic stress of the first year of the dental curriculum. 

The post-bac program helps increase the number of underrepresented individuals in our classes, and we encourage students from underrepresented groups (first generation college attendee, low income/financial need, rural or ethnic minority such as Black or African American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) to apply. 

Program Requirements

Students enter the program in the fall semester of the year in which they are selected. To complete the program, students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours over the fall and spring semesters and achieve a 3.3 grade point average (GPA). Coursework must include Advanced Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology. All courses are at a senior or graduate level and are offered each semester. Students must also achieve a DAT score average of 17 or higher. An essential component of the program is monthly advice and counseling from faculty members.

To be eligible for the post-bac program, students must:

  • ​Receive a bachelor’s degree before beginning the program
  • Complete all dental school course prerequisites
  • Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
  • Participate in an in-person or Skype interview (invitation only)
  • Be responsible for room and board while in the program

Application Requirements

Applicants should apply directly to the University of​ Colorado School of Dental Medicine Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program. Applications are available January 2, 2018 and must be returned by Friday, February 12, 2018. Only completed applications are reviewed. Individuals selected for interviews will be contacted to schedule an interview to be held either in-person or via Skype. 

Please send completed application and transcripts to:
     University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
     Ms. Thanh Nguyen
     Post-Baccalaureate Program
     13065 E. 17th Ave
     Mail Stop F833 AMCA, Room 4L01A
     Aurora, CO 80045


Please contact Dr. Ken Durgans or ​​Thanh Nguyen

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