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Post-Baccalaureate Program

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver, offers a one-year intensive post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program. The post-bac program is designed to prepare students for dental school and ease the academic stress of the first year of the dental curriculum.  

The post-bac program concentrates on the sciences and the significance of manual dexterity. It is specifically designed to help students improve and strengthen their academic credentials, enhance their test-taking skills, and develop more effective learning strategies. 

Students who complete this program and requirements will be given preferential application status for entrance into the School of Dental Medicine.

Post-bac students can expect:
  • ​A mentorship program with the School of Dental Medicine admissions and student affairs staff, faculty members and students;
  • A full year of science course work through the University of Colorado – Denver;
  • A hand skills development workshop; and
  • An intensive Dental Admissions Test review course.
To be admitted into CU SDM, students must meet all post-bac requirements, which include a 3.5 or higher GPA and meet all the requirements for dental school.


 Requirements and Eligibility


 Admission Eligibility

To be eligible for the post-bac program, students must apply through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) application service. Applications may be accessed starting May 15 and submitted starting the first week of June of the year preceding admission to post-bac. The latest filing date is October 15. Only completed application will be reviewed. 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)
Also, candidates applying to the Post-Bac program should complete the CU SDM Post Baccalaureate Supplemental Application which can be found here. This application should also be submitted no later than January 30 for consideration into the program. 

 Eligible Students

  • ​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.
  • From a county designated as underserved by health professionals or a part of the “safety net.” 
  • First-generation students – someone whose parents did not attend or graduate from college.
  • Interested in providing dental services to a federally designated rural/frontier community and/or a county designated as underserved by health professionals or a part of the “safety net.”​

 Dental Admissions Test

Each applicant must complete the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The computerized test can be taken at any time during the year; however, you are encouraged to complete the DAT by June 15. ADEA will obtain your official DAT scores directly from the testing center and will import them directly into your application. ​5

 Dental Shadowing Requirements

A minimum of 25 hours of dental shadowing is required to apply for the post-bac program. Ideally, these hours will include time with a variety of general and specialty dental clinics. Additional shadowing opportunities will be available during the completion of the program and will be required for admission into dental school. ​6

 Required Information for Admissions

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: 
  • ​Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S.;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. before beginning the program;
  • Received a cumulative GPA above a 2.8 and a science GPA above a 2.6;
  • Completed all University of Colorado dental school course prerequisites with a final grade of B or above. (Note: Up to, but no more than, 3 credit hours qualifying towards the pre-requisites can be retaken during the post-bac year.);
  • NOT Accepted (previously) to an accredited dental school, or be enrolled in dental school or any health-related professions degree-granting program; and
  • Taken the DAT before applying and scored a 16 or above (academic average).​

If a prospective student is granted an interview, the prospective student 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.
For a comprehensive Application Checklist to determine program eligibility, click here
For more information regarding the completion requirements of the Post-Bac program, click here

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