The CU School of Dental Medicine is committed to diversifying the dental workforce of Colorado, and our Office of Diversity and Inclusion has created a pipeline to dentistry programs to expand the recruitment of underrepresented minority students and students from medically underserved communities. By preparing dentists who represent the state’s changing demographics and arming all our students with the cultural competency training necessary to care for an increasingly diverse population, we hope to enhance the oral health outcomes in Colorado and beyond.
In collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver, the CU School of Dental Medicine is proud to offer a BA/BS - DDS degree program to promote the diversity of dental professionals practicing in Colorado and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado. The BA/BS - DDS Program selects five academically qualified individuals from a broad range of backgrounds who show a strong commitment to a career in dental medicine and to serving the people of Colorado. Students who successfully meet all program requirements, including a successful interview with the School of Dental Medicine Admission Committee, will be eligible for a “reserved” spot in an upcoming matriculating class.
The post-baccalaureate program better prepares 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-baccalaureate 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) to apply.
Anschutz Medical Campus Collaborations
Diversity, equity and inclusion are a strategic priority for our entire campus which is why we have partnered with the Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Inclusion and Outreach to create a seamless pipeline to foster the engagement and retention of individuals who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education. Some of these programs include: