Application procedures

The Dental Hygiene Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) receives applications only through the American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS). Follow the instructions on the ADEA DHCAS website to create an account and choose Virginia Commonwealth University as the program name. The dental hygiene program application deadline is Jan. 15. For consideration, ALL application materials must be received by DHCAS by the due date.

To successfully submit an application to the Dental Hygiene Program, follow the instructions provided below:

  • List all prerequisite courses to be completed by the end of spring semester of the year you wish to enter the program, with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 and math and science GPA of 2.70. 
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Complete an online application to the dental hygiene program at VCU via the ADEA DHCAS. The completed application includes personal information, academic history, supporting information and program materials. All sections of the application must be completed. Please follow instructions and complete each section of the application thoroughly.
    • Tip 1: In order to receive all application materials by the due date, request transcripts to be sent to DHCAS prior to the submission of the application from all attended institutions. To submit request for transcripts, select Academic History in the DHCAS application > Colleges Attended > Download Transcript Request Form > Complete the Transcript Request Form.
    • Tip 2: To submit request for letters of recommendations (i.e., personal references or evaluations), select Program Materials > Entry Level Bachelor > Evaluations > Evaluation Request. An automated email notification is received when the evaluator successfully submits the evaluation form. Letters of recommendations must be received by DHCAS prior to submission of the application. 
  • Complete and submit application.
  • Email screenshot of currently enrolled courses to dhinfo@vcu.edu.
  • Applicants enrolled in spring semester courses need to submit transcripts after successful completion of the semester to the dental hygiene program as soon as possible to:
    VCU Dental Hygiene Program
    P.O. Box 980566
    Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
    All others do not need to submit transcripts directly to VCU or the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Submit official advanced placement scores to
    VCU Dental Hygiene Program
    P.O. Box 980566
    Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
  • Complete the online application as directed. You will receive an email regarding the VCU supplemental application in late February. The supplemental information must be completed by March 1. 
  • Upon successful completion of the ADEA DHCAS application, it will be verified for accuracy by the DHCAS team.
  • The Dental Hygiene Program Admissions Committee will review all verified applications and will invite competitive applicants who meet the program requirements for an interview. Only applicants invited for interviews are considered for admission. 
  • All correspondence is done through email provided in the DHCAS application.
  • Applicants are notified of acceptance or denial by April 30.

Contact us

For further information about the Dental Hygiene program requirements, please contact us at the number below. Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to the ADEA DHCAS.

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach
Dental Hygiene Program
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566

Phone: (804) 828-9096
Fax: (804) 827-0969
Email: dhinfo@vcu.edu