Virginia Commonwealth University was established
in 1838. The School of Dentistry was founded in
1893 as a division of the University College of Medicine. It is the only dental school in Virginia. The
school is located on the Health Sciences campus, which
includes schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy,
Allied Health, and basic sciences. In addition to postgraduate programs in many specialties, the school
offers a general practice residency and advanced education in dentistry programs.
4-year. The subject matter of the curriculum is divided
into the basic, clinical, and social sciences. The basic
sciences, including preclinical didactic and laboratory
preparation and comprehensive patient care, begin in
the second year. The social sciences cover such topics
as dental health needs, health care delivery systems,
and practice management. Clinical sciences include
preclinical didactic and laboratory preparation and
begin in the second year. Didactic work together with
laboratory and clinical experiences are offered
throughout the 4 years of the curriculum to develop
skills vital to the practice of dentistry. Elective courses
are offered in the senior year.
Combined DDS-MS and DDS-PhD programs are
offered. They require additional time beyond the 4year DDS program.
The basic predental science courses plus courses in
English are required. Courses in general microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, animal physiology,
embryology, immunology, and behavioral sciences as
well as courses involving psychomotor skills are recommended. The school accepts both state residents
and nonresidents. Transfer and advanced standing:
Students from other U.S. dental schools may apply
for advanced standing into the second and third year
only. Foreign dental graduates are also considered.
Advanced standing can take place only if positions
are available in the appropriate class.
The facilities of the school are housed in 2 modern
buildings, containing clinical facilities, classrooms/laboratories, group and individual study areas, department
offices, and a closed-circuit color television studio.
Dormitories, athletic facilities, and a student center are
located on campus.