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Predental Post-Baccalaureate Program

The Creighton University School of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program is designed to strengthen the academic abilities (science, mathematics, perceptual ability, writing, analytical reading and critical thinking) of students who, for one reason or another, have previously been denied admission to a school of dentistry.The program assists educationally and/or economically disadvantaged students by providing them with a comprehensive program of coursework, clinical experiences, and support for preparation and admission to dental school.  

The Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences' in collaboration with the School of Dentistry administer the Post-baccalaureate Program while Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences' professors teach the classes. The four-semester structured program is delivered to the students in group format. This small-group learning process is used as the primary learning model for the Post-Baccalaureate Program. All participants are considered as Creighton students with special status in the School of Dentistry, and the Registrar's Office treat them as such for the purposes of records and transcripts. All participants enjoy the normal benefiits and privileges of regular Creighton students.

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To be eligible to apply for the Creighton University School of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program, and applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.
  • Must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a significant science focus.
  • Must not have been previously accepted to a dental school.
  • Must have applied to and been declined entry into dental school.
  • Must not be currently enrolled in dental school or another health or allied health professions degree-granting program.
    •  Creighton University requires that each accepted applicant withdraw any active applications to such degree-granting programs as a condition of acceptance to the Post-Baccalaureate Program at Creighton University School of Dentistry.


An individual is considered "educationally/environmentally disadvantaged" if they come from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge skills and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education and training in an allied health profession.


 Criteria for Success in the Program


The successful Predental Post-Baccalaureate student will achieve at least an overall GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 Scale) in the post-baccalaureate program and minimum score of 17 on the DAT in the Academic Average, Perceptual Ability and Total Science categories.


The successful student will be guaranteed a seat in the following Fall dental class at Creighton University School of Dentistry. A scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded per year per student as part of the admission package to Creighton University School of Dentistry. Students will also be eligible for additional scholarship assistance such as the Raymond Rucker Endowed Scholarship ($1,000) and the Robert Wood Johnson Scholarship ($1,500). In order to retain the $10,000 guaranteed scholarship students must pass all dental school courses each academic year and advance with their class.


Financial Support


Students are responsible for all costs associated with this program, including program charges and personal living expenses.


If personal resources are insufficient to cover these costs, students may apply for non-federal loan assistance through either of the two loan programs listed below:

Discover offers a student loan program and US Bank offers a similar loan called the GAP Education Loan. Both loans require a credit check so be sure your credit history is up-to-date and clean of derogatory information. Decisions to make a loan are solely the responsibility of the lender and Creighton University makes no guarantees or assumptions regarding your loan approval.


To being the application/approval process, go to the following websites:

Discover Student Loan: