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 2020-2021 will be available February 1, 2020. The earlier you apply, the better your chances of acceptance.

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Admissions Contact

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


The post-baccalaureate program is designed to aid students that possess the capacity to excel academically, but who need more preparation before becoming competitive dental school applicants. The program is 11 months long and begins in August. We limit admission to about 10 participants and accept both first time and re-applicants.

You will engage in:

  • Academic advising
  • A rigorous full year of upper division science course work through the University of California, Berkeley Extension (whose successful completion will reflect academic readiness for dental school)
  • 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 and posses the drive and confidence needed to keep up with the fast pace and rigor of this program and dental school. 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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Campus Tours

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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