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2021-2022

Pre-Dentistry (advising track)

VCU Student Success

 
Program description

Students interested in the pre-dental advising track must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours including the listed prerequisite courses and be on track to receive a baccalaureate degree to be considered for admission to dental school. Students interested in dental school should consult with a pre-professional health adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the schools of dentistry to which they hope to apply.


Declaration of the pre-dental advising track through the Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising does not constitute admission to the VCU School of Dentistry. Students must apply separately to the dental school of their choice at the appropriate time.


Students with an interest in preparing for dental school must declare an academic major and should declare and maintain their pre-dental advising track. Students do not earn a pre-dental degree. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-dental students are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them. To declare a pre-dentistry advising track, please see the pre-professional health advising blog.


Dental schools across the U.S. have different prerequisites for admission into their program. Students should discuss career plans with their pre-professional health adviser for additional guidance.

Career opportunities

Endodontist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Orthodontist, Pediatric Dentist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist

Change of major requirements

As a student interested in a pre-professional health program, you must complete curriculum and professional development requirements listed on the Pre-Professional Health Advising Blog


Students interested in declaring a pre-dentistry advising track must attend an “Interest in Dentistry” workshop.  For workshop dates, times, and to RSVP, click here.


Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin

    n/a

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required to apply to become a pre-professional health student and to stay on the pre-professional health advising track.
Department name:
Pre-Professional Health Advising
Building/room location:
Hibbs Hall, First Floor
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
804-827-8648
Email:
preprofadv@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • REQUIRED TO DECLARE PRE-DENT TRACK: Take BIOL/Z 151, CHEM/Z 101, CHEM/Z 102, and MATH 151 or 200.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Schedule an appointment with your PPH & STEM Career Advisor on Handshake.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Make friends with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
  • Volunteer with a vulnerable, under-represented, and/or underserved community. Focus on depth of experience instead of breadth. Reflect on the challenges these populations might face with their healthcare.
  • Explore social issues, develop cultural competency skills, and engage with faculty through iExcel pop-up courses.
  • Investigate globally-focused courses in your major by pursuing language coursework or setting language proficiency goals with advisors and faculty.
  • Apply for the Critical Languages Scholarship.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Highly Recommended: Collect and reflect on your experiences using the Pre-Professional Health Journal on the Canvas PPH Hub every semester!
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as future letter of recommendation writers. Research the number of letters you need and who can write them. For more information, review the Letters of Evaluation page from ADEA.
  • Review resources at the American Dental Association (ADA) and begin to develop your own plan for applying and taking the DAT.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Discuss with your PPH & STEM Career Advisor whether you should apply this year or apply next year and take a gap year. (NOTE: If not taking a gap year, YEAR 4 of the major map must be completed prior to application).
  • Participate in the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) in the spring.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Volunteer with a vulnerable, under-represented and/or underserved community. Continue your volunteer experiences to develop long-term relationships and get more involved in the organization.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Highly Recommended:: Collect and reflect on your experiences using the Pre-Professional Health Journal on the Canvas PPH Hub every semester!
  • Look for opportunities at VCU, your place of employment, and/or in your greater community that allows you to apply for a leadership role or assume greater responsibility. Focus on opportunities in areas that you are passionate about.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Review materials and begin studying for the DAT. Plan to incorporate multiple study techniques.
  • Review resources on Plan to Pay for School from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for how to pay for professional school and begin to develop your own plan.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Highly Recommended: Schedule an appointment with a PPH & STEM Career Advisor to assess your progress through the application process and discuss gap year options.
  • Review your true cumulative GPA, science GPA, non-science GPA, grade trend and semester course difficulty to see a full picture of your academic profile.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations based on the Community Connection Competencies in the Pre-Professional Health Journal in the Canvas PPH Hub.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Highly Recommended:: Collect and reflect on your experiences using the Pre-Professional Health Journal on the Canvas PPH Hub every semester!
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Review test day information, sign up for and take the DAT. Meet with your PPH & STEM Career Advisor to review your DAT score and how it impacts your application competitiveness.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon [View Image]
2021-2022

Pre-Dentistry (advising track)

VCU Student Success

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
ExperienceYear 2
  • REQUIRED TO DECLARE PRE-DENT TRACK: Take BIOL/Z 151, CHEM/Z 101, CHEM/Z 102, and MATH 151 or 200.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Schedule an appointment with your PPH & STEM Career Advisor on Handshake.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Make friends with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
  • Volunteer with a vulnerable, under-represented, and/or underserved community. Focus on depth of experience instead of breadth. Reflect on the challenges these populations might face with their healthcare.
  • Explore social issues, develop cultural competency skills, and engage with faculty through iExcel pop-up courses.
  • Investigate globally-focused courses in your major by pursuing language coursework or setting language proficiency goals with advisors and faculty.
  • Apply for the Critical Languages Scholarship.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Highly Recommended: Collect and reflect on your experiences using the Pre-Professional Health Journal on the Canvas PPH Hub every semester!
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as future letter of recommendation writers. Research the number of letters you need and who can write them. For more information, review the Letters of Evaluation page from ADEA.
  • Review resources at the American Dental Association (ADA) and begin to develop your own plan for applying and taking the DAT.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
Year 3
  • Discuss with your PPH & STEM Career Advisor whether you should apply this year or apply next year and take a gap year. (NOTE: If not taking a gap year, YEAR 4 of the major map must be completed prior to application).
  • Participate in the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) in the spring.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Volunteer with a vulnerable, under-represented and/or underserved community. Continue your volunteer experiences to develop long-term relationships and get more involved in the organization.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
  • Highly Recommended:: Collect and reflect on your experiences using the Pre-Professional Health Journal on the Canvas PPH Hub every semester!
  • Look for opportunities at VCU, your place of employment, and/or in your greater community that allows you to apply for a leadership role or assume greater responsibility. Focus on opportunities in areas that you are passionate about.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Review materials and begin studying for the DAT. Plan to incorporate multiple study techniques.
  • Review resources on Plan to Pay for School from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for how to pay for professional school and begin to develop your own plan.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
ExcelYear 4
  • Highly Recommended: Schedule an appointment with a PPH & STEM Career Advisor to assess your progress through the application process and discuss gap year options.
  • Review your true cumulative GPA, science GPA, non-science GPA, grade trend and semester course difficulty to see a full picture of your academic profile.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations based on the Community Connection Competencies in the Pre-Professional Health Journal in the Canvas PPH Hub.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
  • Highly Recommended:: Collect and reflect on your experiences using the Pre-Professional Health Journal on the Canvas PPH Hub every semester!
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Review test day information, sign up for and take the DAT. Meet with your PPH & STEM Career Advisor to review your DAT score and how it impacts your application competitiveness.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
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