Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

Description of Program

At the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU SOD), we share a commitment to oral health care education, research, patient care and community service. For more than 120 years, we have served as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s only dental school, preparing students for successful careers in private practice, academia, hospitals and public agencies. We are committed to the education of highly qualified dental professionals; research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment; service to the community; and improved oral and general health of our patients and the general population. Our students graduate equipped to provide comprehensive oral health care services to patients with a wide array of needs.

The VCU SOD International Dentist Program offers internationally trained dentists an opportunity to enter the D.D.S. dental degree program in the second year. The program is open to any non-U.S. trained dentist.

Contact Information

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
International Dentist Program
520 N. 12th Street, Lyons 309  
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, VA 23298
Telephone: 804-828-9196

Program Details

Length of Program: 33 months
Program Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2022
Program Start Date: July 2022
Class Size: 10 students will enter the program in July 2022
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Program accepts internet-based (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores only.
  • Program requires an iBT average score of 94 or above and 20 or above in each of the four evaluations.
  • TOEFL may be waived if candidate has a degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.
  • TOEFL must be completed by Feb. 1, 2022.
  • Score received at time of application must be less than two years old.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II or passage of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) to be considered for admission.
  • Both NBDE Parts I and II or the INBDE must be passed by Feb. 1, 2022.
  • Applicant must submit official NBDE scores to ADEA CAAPID® (ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists).

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT is preferred, but not required for admission to the program.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Program requires three Letters of Evaluation.
  • Letters should be submitted to ADEA CAAPID.
  • All letters must have a signature and be on the letterhead of the letter writer’s affiliated organization or school.
  • Additional letters exceeding ADEA CAAPID’s capacity may be sent directly to the program by either postal mail in a sealed envelope with the evaluator’s signature over the seal, or by email directly from the evaluator.
  • Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from the dean or a faculty member of the dental school from which the applicant graduated. The second letter should come from a dentist practicing in the United States who supervised or worked with the applicant in a clinical or educational setting. The third letter should come from someone who has supervised the applicant in a professional setting.
  • Letters must be less than two years old.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit an official, detailed “course-by-course” evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), which is preferred, or World Education Services (WES) to ADEA CAAPID.
  • Documents to be submitted on the program specific page:
    1. Copy of dental school transcripts and diplomas,
    2. Copy of dental school mark-sheets in English or with English translation,
    3. Copy of dental license, if applicable and
    4. Copy of internship certificate, if applicable.

Application Fees

Other Documents That Should Be Mailed Directly to Program if Invited for an Interview

  • 2x2-inch passport photo.
  • Proof of residency:
    • Program has no residency preference.
    • Submit proof of residency on the program specific page. This should be a copy of immigration documentation (U.S. passport, permanent resident card or Visa).
  • Payment of a $200 non-refundable bench test fee, which will be requested in the interview invitation.

Documents to be Brought With You if Invited to Interview

  • Official dental school transcripts, 
  • Original dental school diploma and
  • Original dental internship certificate, if applicable.