Advanced education programs

The School of Dentistry offers advanced dental education programs beyond the D.D.S. degree.  Satisfactory completion of the program leads to the award of a certificate of training and certifies eligibility for examination by the appropriate specialty board. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Those enrolled in the advanced education programs are full-time resident trainees, considered to be the equivalent of full-time students. Under special circumstances, trainees may be accepted into some programs on a part-time basis.

Students enrolling in endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and periodontics also are awarded a Master of Science in Dentistry upon completion of the requirements for the certificate and successful defense of a thesis. The certificate program and Master of Science in Dentistry must be completed concurrently.

Tuition and fees, stipends, and scholarships are subject to change annually and are program dependent. For international students, a School of Dentistry Advanced Dental Education International Student Educational Services Fee is charged and is subject to change.  For more information on this fee, contact the Dean's Office at (804) 828-9184.

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General dentistry

The 12- or 24-month Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program provides advanced education and clinical experience to prepare dental school graduates for a career in the practice of comprehensive general dentistry.

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This 24-month program educates individuals to pursue careers as teachers, researchers and practicing clinical specialists of Endodontics.  Students completing the program earn a Specialty Certificate in Endodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.

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Oral and maxillofacial surgery

This four-year program at the VCU Medical Center is designed to train superior oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are capable of practicing the wide scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery in a comprehensive, ethical, compassionate and knowledgeable manner.  The program also offers an M.D. degree option.  

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The 24-month orthodontic postrgraduate program teaches the latest in clinical care in an environment modeled after private orthodontic practice.  Students completing the program earn a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.

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Pediatric dentistry

This 24-month program places emphasis on all phases of pediatric dentistry including trauma, preventive dentistry, restorative, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and hospital dentistry.  Students completing the program earn a Specialty Certificate in Pedatric Dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.

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The 36-month periodontics graduate program consists of didactic and clinical study with a specific research component.  Students completing the program receive a Specialty Certificate in Periodontology and a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.