Post-Bac Cohort 2018-2019

​Interprofessional Health Post-Bac Certificate Program

Get on the right track toward dental school​

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The application for 2019 is now closed. The application for 2020 will be available February 1, 2020. The earlier you apply, the better your chances of acceptance.

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UCSF School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Ave., S630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


If you need more preparation before applying to dental school, or you've previously applied unsuccessfully, this yearlong structured program will help you become a more competitive applicant. The post-baccalaureate program, which lasts 11 months, begins in August. We limit the class to about 12 participants.

You will engage in:

  • Academic advising
  • A full year of upper division science course work through the University of California, Berkeley Extension
  • Assistance with the dental application process
  • Academic and learning skills development
  • An intensive Dental Admission Test review course
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Mentorship from current UCSF dental students who have successfully completed the program
  • Interprofessional collaboration with the medical and pharmacy post-baccalaureate programs
  • Automatic interview at the UCSF School of Dentistry for students who complete the program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher

Please note: Successful completion of the program does not guarantee admission to either the UCSF School of Dentistry or any other dental school.

Who Should Apply

We welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in dentistry. If you have lived in a low-income community from an early age; experienced enduring family, societal, or other hardship that significantly compromised your educational opportunities; or are a member of an identified population that is determined to be medically underserved based on U.S. census data, we especially encourage you to apply.

Eligibility & Fees

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Completion of all of the prerequisites for dental school.
  • Participants may not work while enrolled in the program.
  • Participants are responsible for all expenses associated with the program (including relocation and/or living expenses).
  • Students of the program will be eligible to apply for campus housing. More information can be found at the Campus Life Services website.
  • If admitted, you will be provided with information on how to apply for financial aid to assist with the expenses of the program. For the most up-to-date information on the cost of the program, please visit our Financial Aid website.

If you have any questions, please contact the UCSF School of Dentistry Office of Admissions: 415.476.2737 or

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Learn if the UCSF Dentistry program is right for you by visiting. We offer presentations and campus tours on the first Friday of each month at 12:10 p.m.

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