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Post-Baccalaureate Program

Make your dream of a dental career a reality!

The University of Colorado 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 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.

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 (including, but not limited to courses such as advanced biochemistry, anatomy and physiology) over the fall and spring semesters, maintain a 3.3 grade point average GPA or higher, and meet DAT standards. An essential component of the program includes advice and counseling from faculty members and opportunities to further volunteerism, research and clinical experiences. Upon completion of the program, students exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism and positively influence their colleagues and community.

To be eligible for the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine post-bac program, students 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 college students – someone whose parents did not attend or graduate from college.
  • 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 Dental Admissions Test (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. Applications are available January 2, 2018 and must be returned by Monday, February 12, 2018.
  • Only completed applications are reviewed. Applicants will be notified of when their applications are “Complete”. Once applications are completed, the post-baccalaureate admissions committee will select finalists to be reviewed. If finalists meet the program admissions requirements, the admissions committee will invite candidates to interview. Individuals selected for interviews will be contacted to schedule an interview to be held either in-person or via Skype.
  • Five candidates and a list of alternates will be selected by the admissions committee. Candidates will be notified by email of the admissions committee’s decision.


The application process is now closed. Please check back for future application dates.
Please send completed application and transcripts to:
     University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
     Ms. Thanh Nguyen
     Post-Baccalaureate Program
     13065 E. 17th Ave, Room 4L01A
     Mail Stop F833
     Aurora, CO 80045


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