Providing a second chance for disadvantaged students
The Post-Baccalaureate Program for Dental School is designed to assist promising disadvantaged students who have previously applied to the School of Dentistry but did not receive an offer of admission to the School of Dentistry. Participants in the Post-Baccalaureate Program will receive provisional acceptance to the School of Dentistry if they obtain a GPA of 3.6 or above during the program. The program will run from September 2013 to May 2014.
The Program is made up of three elements described below:
- Life and Learning Skills Workshops. Post-Baccalaureate Program participants will be encouraged to participate in various workshops offered by University Career and Counseling Services and other organizations on campus in order to enhance their skills and prepare for the rigors of dental school.
- Academic Courses (September 2013—December 2013 and January 2014—May 2014). The PBP consists of two semesters of enrollment in science, math and English/writing courses at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and College of Liberal Arts and intensive summer program for the DAT preparation. This consists of the 8 courses that are required to apply to the School of Dentistry that includes General Chemistry, General Biology, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Math and English. Students may enroll in the basic level courses or upper division courses as prescribed in the diagnostic tests and/or review of transcripts.
- Mentoring and Academic Assistance:
- Students will meet with mentors, course directors, and tutors as needed as individuals or groups.
- Students will also meet with the Program Director monthly for updates and discussion of their progress, issues and challenges.
- Students will be encouraged to use resources on campus such as the SMART Learning Commons, Teacher’s Assistants and Departmental Tutors, the University Career and Counseling Center and the Center for Spirituality and Healing, which were introduced to them during the summer.
Participant Criteria and Selection Process
A maximum of ten students will be accepted to the PBP. These students must have previously applied to the School of Dentistry but did not receive an offer of admission. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and commit to completing the post-baccalaureate program and retaking the DAT, if necessary. Students must have also indicated disadvantaged status on their application.
After the admissions period concludes, Admissions Office Staff and the Admissions Committee will review applications of those students who meet the above criteria to determine the most qualified candidates. These candidates will be invited to participate in the program; therefore, there is no application available to the public.
Students admitted to the PBP will have a transcript review and may undergo diagnostic tests to determine areas of weakness in the sciences, math and English courses. Students will select the level of the course and their course load after consultation with Health Careers Opportunity Program staff and potentially faculty advisors from the partner colleges. Students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade of 3.6 or better in their selected courses.
If you have questions about the Post-Baccalaureate Program, please contact HCOP Program Staff at:
The Post-Baccalaureate Program for Dental School is a Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) funded by the Bureau of Health Professions of the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.