The School of Dentistry offers advanced dental education programs beyond the D.D.S. degree. Satisfactory completion of the program leads to the award of a certificate of training and certifies eligibility for examination by the appropriate specialty board. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Those enrolled in the advanced education programs are full-time resident trainees, considered to be the equivalent of full-time students. Under special circumstances, trainees may be accepted into some programs on a part-time basis.
Students enrolling in endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and periodontics also are awarded a Master of Science in Dentistry upon completion of the requirements for the certificate and successful defense of a thesis. The certificate program and Master of Science in Dentistry must be completed concurrently.
This four-year program at the VCU Medical Center is designed to train superior oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are capable of practicing the wide scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery in a comprehensive, ethical, compassionate and knowledgeable manner. The program also offers an M.D. degree option.
This 24-month program places emphasis on all phases of pediatric dentistry including trauma, preventive dentistry, restorative, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and hospital dentistry. Students completing the program earn a Specialty Certificate in Pedatric Dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.