Individuals in Virginia who plan to pursue a dental career should seek out schools that offer graduate and doctorate degree programs in dentistry. Virginia students can choose from several programs at a prestigious public school, Virginia Commonwealth University, and that school is profiled below.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond educates over 31,000 students in more than 200 academic programs. VCU's School of Dentistry offers a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, a Master of Science in Dentistry and several post-doctoral certificates in specialized dentistry. Graduates of these programs qualify to take the state's dental licensure examination. Courses in this four year program teach interdisciplinary procedures in general dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, pharmacology and dental surgery. Applicants must have a minimum of 90 credit hours of undergraduate study, though a bachelor's degree is preferred. Dental students must take the Dental Admission Test through the American Dental Association prior to program completion.
Enrollment in the Master of Science in Dentistry program occurs with admission to the endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics or pediatric dentistry advanced certificate programs. In addition to completing the specialty coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA, students must also submit a research study and master's thesis to earn the degree.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Dental Degree Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Four year, public; midsize city|| Master of Science in Dentistry,
Doctor of Dental Surgery
|In-state: $14,496, out-of-state: $27,311*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.