Programs and admissions

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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.

Doctor of Dental Surgery

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

Advanced education

The School of Dentistry offers 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

Dental hygiene

The dental hygiene program requires two years of liberal arts study, with a minimum of 60 semester hours, 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.

International dentist program

The international dentist program provides an opportunity for foreign-trained dentists to enter the D.D.S. degree program in the third year.

Ph.D. in Oral Health Research

The Oral Health Ph.D. program is designed for students who wish to pursue research in oral health or the biomedical sciences. The five-year program is based at the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research. The Philips Institute is a center of educational and research excellence focused on:

  • Cancer and developmental biology 
  • Infection, immunology and inflammation of the host microbiome interaction
  • Tissue engineering, stem cells and new materials