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University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
 

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. Colorado residents will be given priority consideration.

Admissions

Students considered for the post-bac program are those who have applied to our dental school but are not admitted for that academic year. When applying for dental school, potential students must enter AADSAS for the year s/he is applying for, and our offices will help negotiate a "deferred/delayed matriculation" category. Applicants can only be deferred at one dental school, i.e. Colorado, and may not apply elsewhere for the same academic cycle. ​All applications will be reviewed for a limited amount of scholarships.

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

  • ​Have a bachelor’s degree before beginning the program
  • Complete all dental school course prerequisites 
  • Apply to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • If granted an interview, come to Denver for the interview
  • Be responsible for room and board while in Denver

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) or better each semester. 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.

Questions?  

Please contact Dr. Ken Durgans at 303-724-9540 or kenneth.durgans@ucdenver.edu. ​