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Bench Test Preparatory Course

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VCU offers a preparatory course in restorative dentistry for international dentists. This course is optimal for those who may need better preparation in fixed and removable prosthodontics, operative dentistry, DentSim and treatment planning for the testing required by most U.S. dental schools as part of their admissions process.

The course features didactic and hands-on sessions supervised by VCU School of Dentistry faculty. Low faculty-to-student ratio is expected. The course includes a mock bench test and a detailed review of the results. Participants will be trained in the state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Simulation Laboratory as well as the new preclinical facility at the VCU School of Dentistry.

This course is not a prerequisite nor does it guarantee admission to any dental school.


  1. Fixed prosthodontics
    • Perform a preparation and fabricate a temporary restoration on a posterior tooth for a PFM restoration.
    • Perform a preparation and fabricate a temporary restoration on an anterior tooth for a full ceramic restoration.
  2. Removable prosthodontics
    • Analyze and survey diagnostic casts.
    • Design removable partial denture prostheses appropriate for different edentulous configurations.
  3. Operative dentistry
    • Perform amalgam and composite preparations and restorations in the virtual reality and traditional mannequin labs.
  4. Treatment planning
    • Review simple and complex treatment planning, sequencing of treatment plan, presentation of plan, informed consent and modifications to treatment plan.


VCU is centrally located in Richmond, Va., in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. (south of Washington, D.C.).


Program information

Enrollment: Limited to 18 participants
Dates: Monday, March 6 - Thursday, March 9, 2017
Location: Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Lyons Building
520 North 12th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298
Tuition: $2,199
For an additional $600, hotel accommodations for Sunday through Wednesday nights, daily breakfast and transportation to and from the VCU School of Dentistry will be provided. All hotel rooms will be single occupancy.

Tuition includes:

  • All dental instruments and materials
  • Use of virtual reality simulation units
  • Mock bench test and an individualized report of results
  • Daily lunch
  • Certificate of completion

Students will be able to take practice dentoforms with them at the end of the course.

Cancellation policy

Refunds will be granted, less a $500 cancellation fee, if cancellation is received in writing no later than Feb. 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. No refund of any fees will be made after this date.

For additional information please contact:

International Dentist Program
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
520 North 12th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-9196

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Lyons Dental Building
520 North 12th Street, Fourth Floor
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
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