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ACTS Program

Advanced Clinical Training and Service Program

ACTS is the service-learning program of the Department of Applied Dentistry, with a curriculum (public health, behavioral sciences, practice management, geriatrics, special patient care, ethics and decision making) that helps students apply everything they've learned in dental school to the real world.

Please note - ACTS is not a clinic, a source of dental care or a program that a prospective patient could contact and request help from.  It is a series of clinical courses that our students complete.  The patient treatment in ACTS is provided at existing offices and health centers around the state, under direct supervision of staff dentists at each location.  Each of those offices and health centers is operated independently of the university.  If you are accepted as a patient by one of the state's community health clinics, you'll receive care from one of that clinic's staff dentists or from an ACTS student working under that dentist's supervision.  To find a health center near you, a good starting point is the website of the Colorado Community Health Network (

During the final 12 months of the school's DDS curriculum, students begin practicing in alternating 2-week blocks of time at affiliated clinics in the community.  ACTS is an integral part of the school's curriculum. All graduates of our traditional, 4-year DDS program complete ACTS, so with a degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, they know that they can truly make a difference in the world.

Are you a person seeking dental care? 

ACTS is not a clinic or a patient assistance program - It is an educational program, affiliated with safety net clinics that have their own processes for becoming a patient.  To learn about becoming a patient of the CU School of Dental Medicine's student dental clinic on the Anschutz Medical Campus, click this link: Becoming a patient at the CU School of Dental Medicine

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