A minimum of three years of academic studies (90 semester hours or equivalent, including
the prerequisite courses listed below) is required at an accredited U.S. or Canadian
college or university. However, we recommend that students complete a four-year
curriculum leading to a B.S. or B.A. degree. Students may also attend an accredited
community college for a maximum of two years (60 semester hours or equivalent) followed
by a minimum of two years (60 semester hours or equivalent) at an accredited four-year
degree-granting institution. It is preferred that prerequiste courses be completed no more
than five years prior to applying and all other courses be completed no more than 10 years before applying.
Specific course requirements
* A minimum grade of C must be earned to successfully fulfill prerequisite course
* These courses should also permit study in upper-level science courses at your
Biology prerequisite (8 semester hours)
A minimum of eight semester hours of general biology or zoology is required, including
lecture and laboratory courses for both semesters.
Chemistry prerequisite (16 semester hours)
A minimum of eight semester hours of general inorganic chemistry, including lecture
and laboratory courses for both semesters, is required. A minimum of eight hours
of organic chemistry, including lecture and laboratory courses for both semesters,
Physics prerequisite (8 semester hours)
A minimum of eight semester hours of college or university physics, including lecture
and laboratory courses for both semesters, is required.
Biochemistry (3 semester hours)
A minimum of three semester hours of biochemistry is required.
Strongly recommended courses
Courses in general microbiology, bacteriology, animal or vertebrate physiology,
anatomy, genetics and cell biology are strongly recommended. If time permits and
the courses are available, courses in immunology, embryology or developmental biology
and histology are highly recommended. Additionally, non-science courses in the behavioral
sciences and those involving psychomotor skills are recommended.
In order to successfully complete the dental curriculum at VCU, students must meet
nonacademic criteria for motor, sensory/observation, communication, cognitive and
behavioral abilities, as listed in theSchool of Dentistry Technical Standards. Accordingly, applicants may be required
to prove their proficiency in American English via standardized tests and interviews.
An applicant may consider the option of postponing matriculation until such time
that he/she can meet these requirements.
Dental Admission Test
Participation in the Dental Admission Test
of the American Dental Association is required. It is recommended that the test
be taken the year before the intended matriculation year. Applicants are encouraged
to take the examination more than one time, as the best set of scores is used as
the official set. Information about the DAT can be obtained from the pre-health
advising office of your undergraduate school or the American Dental Association website