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​Interprofessional Health Post-Bac Certificate Program

Get on the right track toward dental school​

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.

In the Post-Baccalaureate Program, 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
  • Interprofessional collaboration with the medical and pharmacy post-baccalaureate programs

The post-baccalaureate program, which lasts 11 months, begins in August. We limit the class to about 12 participants.

Because of the rigor of the program, students may not work while enrolled.

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 & Application Process

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must have earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • You must have completed all of the prerequisites for dental school (see a complete list of the prerequisites on our web page under Dental Admissions Requirements).
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as selection of participants will be on a rolling basis.
  • All required materials (as outlined in the application instructions) must be received by the application deadline or your application will not be considered for admission.
  • Participants are responsible for all expenses associated with the program (including relocation and/or living expenses).
  • Participants may not work while enrolled in the program.

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

How to Apply

The 2018-2019 Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program application cycle will open in January 2018. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We highly encourage applicants to complete their applications as soon and efficiently as possible.

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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Learn About Costs And Financial Aid

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