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Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

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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.

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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.

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P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, VA 23298

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