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Post-Baccalaureate Program

Make your dream of a dental career a reality!

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver offers a post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program designed to better prepare students from underserved populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds to gain admission into dental school and achieve their dream of becoming a dentist. This one-year intensive program concentrates on the sciences, the significance of manual dexterity, and meaningful activities within the Denver-Metro community, to help students improve and strengthen their academic credentials, fulfill prerequisite courses, and ease the academic stress of the first year of the dental curriculum.
The post-bac program at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is a rigorous program offering not only academic enrichment and support, but also increases the number of underrepresented individuals in the classes, as well as support the transition of students from undergraduate to professional school. Students from underrepresented groups, economically or educationally disadvantaged students including, but not limited to 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 are encouraged to apply.
For more information, please see the program brochure.
Admissions Eligibility
To be eligible for the post-bac program, students must apply through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) application service. Applications may be filed the first week of June of the year preceding admission. The latest filing date is December 31. Early application is strongly encouraged. Please send the following directly to ADEA:
  • Completed AADSAS application (available on ADEA website)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities you attended
  • Letters of recommendation (two options):
      • Option 1: Two letters from science instructors AND one letter from a non-science instructor or an employer (or dentist you shadowed)
      • Option 2: Pre-dental Committee letters (must include two science instructors)


Students eligible for post-bac must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • From ethnic groups who are currently under-represented in the medical community:
      • Black or African American
      • Hispanic/Latino
      • Native American/Alaska Native
      • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian
  • From educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • From federally designated rural/frontier communities.
  • First generation students – someone whose parents did not attend or graduate from college.


In addition to filing an application through ADEA and meeting one or more of the criteria previously mentioned, students must also meet all of the following criteria below:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. before beginning the program.
  • Complete all dental school course prerequisites.
  • Must not have been previously accepted to an accredited dental school.
  • Must not currently be enrolled in dental school or any health related professions degree-granting program.
  • Have taken the DAT.
  • If granted an interview, must be available in person or via Skype.
  • Students are expected to meet the responsibility of the post-bac program fee while in Colorado including, but not limited to tuition fees and living expenses.


Application Process

Applicants should apply directly to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program.

The 2019 application process is now closed.  


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