Application process

Dental hygiene students

The dental hygiene program at VCU participates in ADEA DHCAS® (ADEA Dental  Hygiene Centralized Application Service). Applicants are invited to apply via ADEA DHCAS to provide the program with accurate, streamlined and uniform data.



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The Dental Hygiene Program application deadline is Feb. 1st. For consideration, ALL application materials must be received by DHCAS by the due date.

To successfully submit an application to the Dental Hygiene Program, follow the instructions provided below:

  • List all prerequisite courses to be completed by the end of spring semester of the year you wish to enter the program, with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 and math and science GPA of 2.70. 
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Complete an online application to the dental hygiene program at VCU via the ADEA DHCAS. All sections of the application must be completed thoroughly.
  • Request transcripts of all attended institutions to be sent to ADEA DHCAS before the deadline.
  • To ensure transcripts are received by the due date its strongly encouraged to make the requests when fall courses end.
  • Request two letters of evaluations.
  • Review the Dental Hygiene Application Review Rubric, under the Program Materials section of the DHCAS application, to help you understand how your application is being assessed.
  • Complete and submit application.
  • Email screenshot of currently enrolled courses to
  • Applicants enrolled in spring semester courses need to submit final transcripts to the address below. All others do not need to submit transcripts directly to VCU or the Dental Hygiene Program. 
    VCU Dental Hygiene Program
    Box 980566
    Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
  • Submit official advanced placement scores to dental hygiene office.
  • Once the DHCAS application is submitted, you will receive an email regarding the VCU Supplemental Application. The supplemental information must be completed as soon as possible. Your application is considered incomplete until the supplemental application is submitted and fees paid.  
  • Upon successful completion of the ADEA DHCAS application, it will be verified for accuracy by the DHCAS team.
  • The Dental Hygiene Program Admissions Committee will review all verified applications that meet the program minimum requirements. 
  • All correspondence is done through email provided in the DHCAS application.
  • Applicants are notified of acceptance or denial by April 30.

Contact us

For further information about the Dental Hygiene program requirements, please contact us at the number below. Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to the ADEA DHCAS.

Virginia Commonwealth University 
School of Dentistry 
Department of General Practice
Dental Hygiene Program 
Box 980566 
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566

Phone: (804) 828-9096
Fax: (804) 827-0969