Pre-dental programs

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The VCU School of Dentistry offers several different programs to help students achieve their goals of getting into dental school.

Pipeline programs

The Virginia Commonwealth University Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline features programs that are offered to students from elementary school all the way through the post-baccalaureate level.  Each and every program in the VCU Pipeline offers unique and interesting experiences in dentistry as well as other health professions.

For more information please visit the VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity.

Guaranteed admissions

Each year the Guaranteed Admissions Program accepts up to five high school students.  After completing their four-year undergraduate education at Virginia Commonwealth University, these students are guaranteed admission to the dental school.

The Preferred Applicant Track is an alternative for students already enrolled at VCU as an undergraduate. Students apply at the end of their sophomore year. If accepted and all requirements are met, those students are guaranteed admission into the School of Dentistry. Up to five VCU students are accepted into the program each year.

For more information please visit the VCU Honors College.

Post-baccalaureate health sciences program

The post-baccalaureate undergraduate Certificate in Health Sciences is designed for students who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not have the prerequisites needed to enter doctoral-level programs in dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, or veterinary sciences. The certificate program helps students become more competitive for admission into graduate-level programs.

For more information, please visit VCU pre-professional health advising.

Premedical graduate certificate program

The Premedical Graduate Health Sciences Certificate Program (CERT) of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is a one-year, graduate-level program for individuals seeking to enhance their qualifications for admission into professional school, including medical, dental and veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the certificate program also have an opportunity to continue to a Master of Science (M.S.) or Ph.D. degree program within the School of Medicine.

For more information please visit the VCU School of Medicine.

M.S. in Oral Health Research

The VCU School of Dentistry plans to offer an M.S. degree in Oral Health Research starting in Fall 2018. The M.S. is a two-year program and is designed with two groups of students in mind. 

For students who plan to apply to dental school, the non-thesis track focuses mainly on didactics including core courses and first year dentistry courses. Students will also undertake a small research project. 

Please complete the inquiry form to express your interest in the program. You will then receive more information on the curriculum and on the application procedure. 

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