The MHA Pathway to Dentistry Program ("Pathway Program") provides academic and professional preparation and a pathway to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s (SDM) Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program through the M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy.

Students admitted to the Pathway Program will complete the first-year curriculum of the Modern Human Anatomy program, begin work on the MHA Capstone Project, then transition into the Doctor of Dental Surgery curriculum in the Fall of their 2nd year. Students admitted to the Pathway Program will receive a reserved seat in the DDS program.  While completing the 4-year Doctor in Dental Surgery requirements, the students will complete the MS-MHA Capstone Project and Teaching Practicum, to graduate with both the M.S. and the D.D.S. degrees.

The goal of the Pathway Program is to increase workforce diversity in dental medicine and provide clarity and support in the pathway to pursuing dental medicine as a career. The Pathway to Dentistry MHA Program will provide academic and clinical preparation, mentorship, and a pathway for success for traditionally underrepresented students in dental school through the M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy curriculum.


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