The BA/BS-MD degree program at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus aims to promote the diversity of medical professionals practicing medicine in Colorado and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado by assembling 10 outstanding students each year from broadly diverse backgrounds. Applicants must be Colorado residents and have an interest in serving the health care needs of Colorado as primary care physicians. This program is a partnership between the University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Being accepted to the program allows students to earn a reserved spot at the University of Colorado School of Medicine provided he or she meets specific academic, non-academic, and professional requirements annually.
Admission of individuals will be conducted through a holistic review in a manner which treats each applicant fairly, on the basis of experience, attributes, and metrics. Please visit the Eligibility page for specifics: Click here
*Note: It is important that you apply for undergraduate admission to the University of Colorado Denver by October 28, 2019. The admission process to the University can take up to 6 weeks.
Pre-Application Information Sessions
The University of Colorado School of Medicine and University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be hosting three Pre-Application Information Sessions for the Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science- Doctor of Medicine program. If you are interested in attending an Information Session, please RSVP by clicking on the appropriate link below. The information provided will be used for sending specific information regarding your attendance and informing you about session changes if necessary. The dates for these sessions are:
- Saturday, September 7, 2019
- The session will be held at the downtown Denver Campus (CU Denver Campus) in the Student Commons Building, Room 1500 (1201 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80204) from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This session will also include information for the BA/BS-DDS program.
- View a map of the Downtown Denver Campus
- RSVP here.
- Thursday, September 19, 2019
- Saturday, October 5, 2019
The pre-application information sessions will provide attendees with an overview of the program philosophy, as well as the admissions and application process for this program. Both sessions will also provide an overview of the academic as well as the non-academic requirements and answer any questions you might have about applying. Attendees only need to attend one session. The information provided at each session is the same.
What Students are Saying
Katherine Ketcham, Gunnison
BA/BS-MD Cohort 6
I have always enjoyed learning about the life sciences and my passion in life is to improve the quality of other people’s lives; so I knew at a young age that medicine was the perfect fit for me. The BA/BS-MD Program has helped me fuel that passion by granting me clinical opportunities that have taught me more than my classes have. Other impactful opportunities include research and seminars on the medical campus to learn about various relevant topics, such as health insurance. I was not prepared for college because my rural high school did not offer many science classes, but with the support of the program, through its directors and tutors, I was able to excel academically. A lot of my college career that shaped me into the open-minded, tender-hearted, and diverse future physician I aspire to be is due to the program’s encouragement, opportunities, and dedication to each student's success.
Amar Gill, Westminster
BA/BS-MD Cohort 6
My interest in medicine originated relatively recently. Towards the end of high school, I shadowed a physician’s assistant and gradually became drawn to the longitudinal and patient-centered aspects of the profession. This combined with the humbling nature of the field is what prompted me to pursue the BA/BS-MD program. Maneuvering my way down the pre-medical route has certainly been no walk in the park. I like to think of this program as a toolbox of resources available to help ensure we are prepared for the eventual transition to medical school.
I have been taught that nothing in this world is simply handed over; one must work hard to achieve what he or she desires. By drawing on my many experiences throughout college and all this program has to offer, I have been able to further cultivate my skills and passion to become a physician.
Yaswanth Chintaluru, Colorado Springs
BA/BS-MD Cohort 7
I was born in a small rural town in India. As a result of the lack of medical resources in their location, my family suffered. At a young age, I realized there was a real lack of proper medical resources in rural areas. Their experiences inspired my aspiration to become a physician and serve the millions of people in Colorado, and around the world that similarly suffer from the lack of medical resources. I chose to be a part of the BA-BS/MD program as I felt that there is no other program that would push me to, and give me the opportunity to, become the best physician possible. Thus far, through the program I have been able to chase my passions. I have been given the opportunity to learn in rural comminutes of Colorado with the CU School of Medicine’s Rural Health Track, intern in various neuroscience research labs, learn from accomplished physicians, and be involved in health focused seminars. Experiences from the program continue to inspire, motivate, and shape me into a better future physician.
Brandon Busch, Grand Junction
BA/BS-MD Cohort 7
Medicine wasn’t always my first interest, but I always knew that I wanted to be able to help individuals. There were many points in my life where I’d seen my family members in and out of the hospital for anything from cancer to emergency life threatening surgeries. There were even times where even I had to rely on medical professionals to help me return to a healthy life. These moments were what made me want to pursue a career in medicine. Through these experiences I was able to see the positive affect these physicians had on the local community and my family especially. The physicians often worked with us at our lowest points but still provided us with the care, support, and expertise necessary to help us return to our normal lives. It was because of these great physicians that I want to be able to provide my community with the same level of care and support and hopefully be able to assist people in living the healthy life we all deserve. The BA/BS-MD program is helping me tremendously with reaching that goal. Not only has the program provided me with the support needed to get through the rigorous school work required, it has also given me opportunities to work with great physicians, researchers, community members, and students in the Colorado area. The BA/BS-MD program has also provided me with a support system of other students who all have the same goal and passion for medicine in mind. The BA/BS-MD program has fostered an environment in which I know I have the capability to become the future physician I aspire to be. Overall, this program has continued to prepare me to take on this difficult journey, and has increased my passion to become a physician and serve my Colorado community.
Yishak Bedaso, Aurora
BA/BS-MD Cohort 8
When I was 11, my family and I were selected by the diversity lottery to come to the United States from Ethiopia. The healthcare system in Ethiopia is one of the poorest in the world, and most Ethiopians receive inadequate care. Although the healthcare system in the United States is obviously stronger than the one in Ethiopia, there are still people who don’t get adequate care because they don’t know how to access the system, don’t speak the language, or don’t feel comfortable going to doctors. This has motivated me to practice medicine for underserved populations in the United States as well as in Ethiopia, and in both cases I want to work to guarantee quality treatment for all.
The BA/BS-MD program offers me the opportunity to pursue my dream as a physician and gives me the tools necessary to be successful. From helping connect me with physicians to shadow to giving me advice on anything in life, the program and staff have been elemental to my success thus far. I continue to look forward to the coming years and being able to grow as a student and a future physician.
Jesus Dorado, Aurora
2017-2018 BA/BS-MD Cohort 8
Coming from the immigrant Hispanic community of Aurora, I have noticed how difficult it is to obtain proper healthcare and health insurance. Uninsured, Medicaid, and Medicare are the few words I grew up hearing when visiting the doctor myself, the few times that I did. A large part of my community does not visit the doctor on a regular basis and once things are serious, it is often too late. I strive to do my part to change current policies and serve the people like my own family. Through my acceptance into the BA/BS-MD program, my vision for serving my people in these areas has never been clearer. I see myself becoming the physician patients come to see and are familiar with because I look like them and speak the same language. I will understand their struggles and worries when it comes to their lives, and I will be able to serve them as more than a doctor but as a friend and community member. The BA/BS-MD program has offered me incredible opportunities to involve myself in talks about health insurance policy, shadowing with physicians who teach medical school students, and allowed me to meet other students with diverse perspectives. In all honesty, this program has opened doors for me that I would have never found on my own, and all the unbelievable people involved will keep enhancing the education of future Colorado doctors.
Eligibility for Application to the BA/BS-MD Degree Program
The BA/BS-MD degree program at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and Anschutz Medical Campus aims to promote diversity and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado. Students who have an interest and passion in becoming primary care physicians and practicing medicine in the State of Colorado are encouraged to apply to the BA/BS-MD Program.
We believe it is our responsibility to help meet the healthcare needs of the State of Colorado by selecting talented students that intend to practice medicine in Colorado. The BA/BS-MD Program Admissions Committee will consider all aspects of an applicant's experiences, academic performance, and background including but not limited to:
- Excellence of academic record
- Array of community and/or volunteer service experiences
- Characteristics and capabilities that would make you an excellent physician
- Extracurricular activities
- Honors and Awards
- Full or part-time jobs held during school or in summers
Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible to apply to the BA/BS-MD Program:
Applicants must apply to (by October 28, 2019) and be accepted for admission as a degree seeking student at the University of Colorado Denver Downtown campus by November 22, 2019. *This is a CU Denver Porgram only. Students wishing to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, or any other college/university are not eligible for this program.
Applicants must be current residents of the State of Colorado and a citizen of the United States or a U.S. permanent resident with a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C.
Applicants must be current high school seniors planning on graduating from high school in the fall of 2019 or spring of 2020.
Colorado public colleges and universities consider the following in making admissions decisions:
• High School GPA
• Test Scores
• Academic course mix and rigor
• Extracurricular activities and other considerations
***A successful BA/BS-MD applicant should have:
- A minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (weighted or unweighted; whichever is higher).
- A composite ACT Score of 27 or higher and or an Evidenced Based Reading & Writing +Math SAT Score of 1185 or higher.
This program is designed for Colorado high school seniors who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- From educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
- From financially disadvantaged backgrounds
- From federally designated rural/frontier communities in Colorado
- From ethnic groups who are currently under-represented in the medical community in Colorado including:
- Black or African American
- Native American/Alaska Native
- Pacific Islander
- First generation college students-someone whose parents did not attend or graduate from college or did not complete a baccalaureate degree.
- Desire to practice medicine in Colorado as a primary care physician after the completion of medical school and residency
Interviews will be offered to a select group of applicants by the University of Colorado School of Medicine Admissions Committee. Factors that will be considered in choosing interviewees include activities that indicate a strong desire to participate in a career in primary care medicine, leadership, academic achievement and potential, and one's diverse background. Interviews will be conducted by members of the CU School of Medicine's Admissions Committee on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Each interviewee will be interviewed separately by two committee members, and each interview is 30 minutes in length. Students must be available for in-person interviews in Denver, CO to be considered for this program. We will not be able to accommodate phone interviews, Skype interviews, or alternative dates for interviews. Interviews will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Students can expect the interview process to last all day; 8:00AM to 4:00PM.
How to Apply
IMPORTANT: Applying to the BA/BS-MD Program requires the completion of two separate applications. Students must first apply for admission to the University of Colorado Denver Downtown Denver Campus before applying for admission to the BA/BS-MD Program (Fall 2019 Admission). Admission to the University of Colorado Denver can take up to six weeks.
***Please read through this entire page before requesting a supplemental application. The request link for the application can be found at the bottom of the page.
Applicants must apply to (by October 28, 2019) and be accepted for admission as a degree seeking student at the University of Colorado Denver Downtown campus by November 22, 2019. Completed applications for the BA/BS-MD Program and all required materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019. No exceptions to the deadline will be made.
The CU Denver Undergraduate Application for Fall 2020 is now available. The BA/BS-MD Supplemental Application is also available. Please follow the instructions below to complete both applications.
1. CU Denver Undergraduate Application
- Before accessing the BA/BS-MD Supplemental Application, you must first complete an online application for undergraduate admission to the University of Colorado Denver.
***Please note, if you have completed CU Succeed, concurrent registration, or Pre-Collegiate courses at any CU Institution, you need to complete the undergraduate application for first-time students.
Instructions for completing the CU Denver Undergraduate Application are available on the CU Denver Undergraduate Admissions Web page at:
- To schedule an informational appointment with a CU Denver Admissions representative and a tour of the downtown campus, please complete and submit the campus tour request form found at:
*Note: A completed undergraduate application consists of the following:
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- ACT or SAT scores (scores reported on high school transcripts are acceptable)
- An official high school transcript
- Applicants who have earned a GED should also submit a copy of their certificate of high school equivalency, GED test scores, and an official transcript of all high school work completed
2. Supplemental BA/BS-MD Application
- Before accessing the BA/BS-MD Supplemental Application, please make sure you are using a computer that has Adobe Acrobat software. If not, you will not be able to access and complete the application. You can download a free trial of Adobe Acrobat Pro for 30 days only at the following web link: https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/free-trial-download.html.
- Once you access the BA/BS-MD Supplemental application, you should save the original version to your desktop.
- Please read through the entire application starting at page 1 and work your way through page 10 before beginning the application.
- The application does not require you to complete it in one sitting; however, once you add content to the application, you will be required to save it under a different file name every time you access it and add new content.
- As part of the supplemental application, you are required to submit the following items directly to the BA/BS-MD Program via US Postal Service.
Please submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation (no more than three):
- One from a science and/or math teacher.
- A second from someone who has supervised you in a community volunteer experience working with a disadvantaged or underserved population in Colorado; i.e. working with the homeless; working in a nursing home or assisted living center; working in some capacity in a low income urban community; working in a neighborhood clinic that serves the indigent; working for an after school program in neighborhoods with lower socioeconomic status, etc.
Please submit all official high school and/or college transcripts as well.
Letters of Recommendation and Official Transcripts should be submitted/mailed to the following address:
As a reminder, the BA/BS-MD Supplemental Application and ALL supporting materials, including Letters of Recommendation and transcripts, must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Only the supporting materials should be submitted to the BA/BS-MD Program via postal mail. The PDF application must be submitted electronically via email to email@example.com.
The PDF Supplemental Application is now available for you to complete (following completion of your application to CU Denver). Please click on the following web address to request the Supplemental Application:
The BA/BS-MD Program is a partnership between the University of Colorado Denver's (CU Denver) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Colorado School of Medicine located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The purpose of the program is to admit outstanding students from broadly diverse backgrounds who have the desire to serve the health care needs of Colorado as primary care physicians. Provided that program participants meet specific academic, non-academic, and professional requirements, being accepted into the BA/BS-MD program enables students to earn a reserved seat in a top-ranked medical school and will allow them the freedom to explore other interests during their undergraduate college years at CU Denver.
Program Process & Details
The BA/BS-MD combined program will take a minimum of eight years to complete; four years of undergraduate studies and four years to complete an M.D. Students will not be able to graduate early from their undergraduate program.
Students must attend the CU Denver Downtown campus and complete a Bachelor's degree of their choice. A list of all undergraduate programs is available here.
Students will be guided in applying for scholarships to help cover their educational costs.
Students will be required to complete a sequence of required premedical coursework while pursuing their Bachelor's degree.
As a participant in the BA/BS-MD Program, students are expected to live in Campus Village Apartments (CVA) for their freshman year and participate in the Pre-Health Learning Community (Pre-Health LC). Students will live with other students who are also in the BA/BS-MD Program and with students who have similar academic interests in the Health Sciences. Program participants have the option of living off campus their sophomore, junior, and senior year.
Students will be required to participate in, and attend co-curricular seminars on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and participate in full time summer programs each summer of their undergraduate education. This includes participation in a three day Summer Bridge program that occurs in June prior to the start of the students’ academic career at CU Denver as well as a week long academic boot camp starting the week before classes begin in August. Participation in both of these summer programs is required. The goal of the seminars and the summer programs is to enrich a student's education and enhance their knowledge about Colorado's public health issues, and to gain further knowledge about cutting edge research and biomedical ethics.
Upon successful completion of a Bachelor's degree, all academic, non-academic, and professional program requirements, the MCAT, and all CU School of Medicine admission requirements, including a successful SOM Interview, students can enter the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) to complete their M.D. degree.
All BA/BS-MD students are expected to aggressively apply for all scholarships for which they are qualified; the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office on the downtown campus will work closely with successful applicants to the program.
Summer Programs and Living On Campus
An important component of the BA/BS-MD Program are summer programs designed to help students successfully make the transition to college as well as enrich their educational experiences and prepare them for medical school. Student participation in each of these summer programs is mandatory. With the exception of the Summer Bridge Program, Academic Bootcamp, and MCAT preparation and Medical School Application processes, students will be paid for the time spent in the summer programs.
The summer before matriculating to the University of Colorado Denver, students will be expected to participate in a mandatory Summer Bridge Program and an Academic Boot camp.
Summer Bridge will take place over a three day period of time in early summer after acceptance into the BA/BS-MD Program. Overnight housing for students and scheduled meals are provided.
The goal of the Summer Bridge Program is to help students with the transition to college by developing key skills that will set up a lifelong pattern of success.
Examples of the areas for skill development included in the program are:
- Identifying and Understanding Your Learning Style
- Time Management Skills
- Note Taking Skills
- Enhancing Your Communication Skills
- Understanding and Valuing Diversity
- Mental and Physical Wellness
Students will also participate in subject assessments; Biology, Math, and Chemistry. The assessments will test the student’s readiness for honors courses and their performance on each assessment will help identify any knowledge gaps they may have.BA/BS-MD Academic Boot camp starts one week before the start of the academic year; Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Students will be participating in intense academic and non-academic activities on the Downtown Denver Campus and at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
BA/BS-MD Longitudinal Experiential Curriculum (LEC) Students are required to engage in the LEC throughout their BA/BS-MD undergraduate experiences with planned periods of intensification of their activities during six-week dedicated periods during the summers between freshman / sophomore and sophomore / junior years. Periodic LEC meetings with BA/BS-MD program leadership will provide continuity and guidance to the LEC experiences. Students will receive stipends during the summers in which they participate in the LEC program. The LEC supports activities in three main areas:
- Community engagement
- Research (basic, translational, or population-based), and
- Clinical experiences
MCAT Preparation The Summer between a student's junior and senior years, students will participate in intensive Medical School Application processes. This includes, MCAT exam prep, the MCAT exam itself, the AMCAS application, and transition activities related to the School of Medicine.
Course Work - Course list and schedule pre-requisites
In order to remain in good academic standing in the Program, students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours during their first two academic years and must maintain an overall college grade point average of 3.50. In addition, students in the program cannot receive a grade lower than a B (3.0) in any of the required medical school pre-requisite courses. Finally, in April 2015, an updated version of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) was launched. Scores are reported in four sections:
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
An appropriate score for matriculation to the CU School of Medicine will be announced at a later date.
Students can major in any undergraduate discipline at the University of Colorado Denver that leads to a B.A. or B.S. degree. However, all students must complete the medical school pre-requisites in accordance with the course list, while pursuing their undergraduate degrees.
All students will be required to enroll in Honors General Biology I and II as well as Honors General Chemistry I and II unless they have completed these courses through a recognized IB program and received a score of 5 or better on the IB exam for each subject. Students who completed AP Biology and Chemistry courses will be asked to repeat those courses at the University. Students who have taken courses at local community colleges or are transferring large number of credits to the University need to understand that this will not reduce the amount of time they will be required to spend in this program. Early graduation is not on option through this program.
At the end of every academic year, the BA/BS-MD Promotions Committee will review the progress of each student. If concerns are raised about academic performance and or professional development of the student, they will be shared with the student and the student will be counseled and given an opportunity to address deficiencies. If problems are not adequately addressed by the student, the Promotions Committee can recommend dismissal from the program. Any recommendation made by the Committee must be affirmed by a majority of the BA/BS-MD Promotions Committee and approved by the Program Directors.
It should be noted that dismissal from the program does not preclude a student from applying to the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a regular applicant.
Upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree, all program requirements as described above, and a successful School of Medicine Interview, students will be deemed to have met the academic, non-academic, and professional qualifications for admission to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. While completion of the BA/BS-MD program will academically qualify the student for admission to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, final admission as a student to the University of Colorado School of Medicine is conditional on meeting all non-academic qualifications of School of Medicine applicants, including but not limited to the completion of a background check.
Mrs. Trishia Vasquez (Director, University of Colorado Denver Health Professions Program)
Matthew R. G. Taylor MD, PhD (Director, Adult Clinical Genetics, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
Mr. Ken English, M.Ed. (BA/BS-MD Program Coordinator, University of Colorado Denver, Downtown Campus)
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