Programs & admissions

Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry aims to provide nationally acclaimed programs that endeavor to be among the best. We strive to help our students become first-rate professionals that share in our core values of honesty, integrity, hard work and dedication to the betterment of humankind.

Below you’ll find the programs offered at the School of Dentistry. Click on each one to learn more and find out how you can become a part of the school’s tradition of excellence.

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Doctor of Dental Surgery

This four-year post college program in general dentistry emphasizes study in three broad areas: basic sciences, clinical sciences and social sciences. Graduates receive a D.D.S. degree.

Dental hygiene student with patient

Dental Hygiene Program

The dental hygiene program requires two years of liberal arts study followed by two years of study focusing on basic and dental sciences, dental hygiene science and theory, community health, and preclinical and clinical experiences. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

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Advanced education programs

Advanced education beyond the D.D.S. degree is available in the following areas:

* Indicates programs that award a Master of Science in Dentistry as well as a specialty certificate

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International Dentist Program

The international dentist program provides an opportunity for foreign-trained dentists to earn the D.D.S. degree.

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Graduate research programs

Graduate research programs are designed for students who wish to pursue research in oral health or the biomedical sciences through the Ph.D. in Oral Health Research.

Annual security and fire safety report

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. As required by federal law (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C.1092(f), known as the “Clery Act”), the university publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which contains information regarding campus security, crime reporting policies, personal safety and crime prevention, and fire and crime statistics for our various campus locations.

To request a paper copy of the current report, please contact the VCU Police Department by calling (804) 828-3851 or in person at 224 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219.