University of Colorado at Denver School of Dentistry


Creation of the University of Colorado School of Dentistry (UCSD) was authorized in 1922. The School of Dentistry enrolled its first class of 25 in 1973. Presently, the school enrolls 50 students annually. The small class size is an asset to the teaching and learning process. Admission The majority of students accepted to the School of Dentistry have completed at least 4 years of undergraduate work and have received an undergraduate degree. The basic requirement for admission is the completion of at least 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) with at least 30 hours of upper-division courses for a letter grade. Limitations on Community College work are not more than 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) will count toward the 90-semester hour minimum. Preference is given to state residents and applicants from Western states under the WICHE agreement. Nonresidents are considered. Students must also complete the basic predental science courses, plus 2 humanities course and 1 English composition course, and have received letter grades in all required courses. Possible useful electives are courses in business management/finance, studio art, psychology, communications, cell biology, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, immunology, and histology.


4-years. First and second years: Basic science introduction takes place during this period. Knowledge in these areas is reinforced by critically oriented courses such as oral and organ pathology. Critical experience begins in the sophomore year and continues as increasing levels of competence are acquired. Third and fourth years: Behavioral sciences, business administration, history, and ethics are incorporated into the curriculum. An Advanced Clinical Training and Service program enables students to spend much of last 8 months of their schooling gaining exposure in a variety of different clinical settings, such as hospitals and geriatric centers. Certain electives in the clinical sciences and research are offered in the final 2 years.


The overriding vision for the academic health center is interprofessional collaboration in education, research, and patient care/service. This is an exciting time for UCSD and the entire University of Colorado Health Science of the Fitzimmons campus. The School of Dentistry moved into its new comprehensive oral health center equipped with the highest technology, critical care, educational facilities, and the Lazzara Center for Oral Facial Health.

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