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Pre-dental programs

The American Dental Education Association provides advice to high school and predental students interested in pursuing dental careers.

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The VCU School of Dentistry offers several different programs to help students achieve their goals of getting into dental school.

Pipeline programs

The Virginia Commonwealth University Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline features programs that are offered to students from elementary school all the way through the post-baccalaureate level.  Each and every program in the VCU Pipeline offers unique and interesting experiences in dentistry as well as other health professions.

For more information please visit the VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity.

Guaranteed admissions

Each year the Guaranteed Admissions Program accepts up to five high school students.  After completing their four-year undergraduate education at Virginia Commonwealth University, these students are guaranteed admission to the dental school.

The Preferred Applicant Track is an alternative for students already enrolled at VCU as an undergraduate. Students apply at the end of their sophomore year. If accepted and all requirements are met, those students are guaranteed admission into the School of Dentistry. Up to five VCU students are accepted into the program each year.

For more information please visit the VCU Honors College.

Post-Baccalaureate program

The post-baccalaureate health sciences certificate is designed for students who have received a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue their undergraduate pre-health science requirements at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

More information about this program is available through University Academic Advising.

Premedical Graduate Certificate Program

The Premedical Graduate Health Sciences Certificate Program (CERT) of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is a one-year, graduate-level program for individuals seeking to enhance their qualifications for admission into professional school, including medical, dental and veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the certificate program also have an opportunity to continue to a Master of Science (M.S.) or Ph.D. degree program within the School of Medicine.

For more information please visit the VCU School of Medicine.

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