Program accreditation
Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

Program goals and objectives

The didactic requirements of the M.S.D. are combined with the goals of the M.S.D. program to provide the student with a strong clinical background which is supported by a strong background in research methodology.

Program goals

  1. To provide an academic environment for inquiry in which expertise and knowledge in basic sciences and clinical periodontics can be achieved
  2. To provide a sound background in medicine as it applies to the periodontal patient
  3. To provide a sound background in oral pathology
  4. To be able to interpret, critique and apply periodontal and associated literature
  5. To develop sound diagnostic, clinical, nonsurgical and surgical skills
  6. To provide didactic instruction and clinical training in the area of dental implants
  7. To provide methods of pain and anxiety control, including ADA certification in intravenous conscious sedation
  8. To provide an environment for the interpretation and implementation of research
  9. Enable successful completion of the American Board of Periodontology exam
  10. To develop sound lifelong didactic and clinical learning skills
  11. To provide specialists in periodontics for community health care, professional service and dental education

Program objectives

  1. To be exposed to the basic sciences and be able to apply concepts to clinical periodontics
  2. To be able to critically critique and interpret the old and new literature
  3. To have an understanding of oral pathology and medicine as it applies to management of the periodontal patient
  4. To have residents become exposed to and proficient in multiple nonsurgical and surgical treatment modalities
  5. To become competent in the treatment planning, site preparation, surgical placement and maintenance of dental implants
  6. To obtain competency and certification in enteral and parental conscious sedation
  7. To complete research, M.S.D. and prepare a paper for presentation and publication
  8. To prepare the student to successfully complete Part I and II of the American Board of Periodontology examination
  9. To develop communication and presentation skills and lifelong learners

Student learning outcomes

  1. To provide an academic environment for inquiry in which expertise and knowledge in basic sciences and clinical periodontics are achieved
  2. To provide a sound background in medicine as it applies to the periodontal patient
  3. To provide a sound background in oral pathology with a100 percent completion of oral pathology rotation
  4. To be able to interpret, critique and apply periodontal and associated literature with a 100 percent completion of periodontal courses measured
  5. To develop sound diagnostic clinic, nonsurgical and surgical skills
  6. To provide didactic instruction and clinical training in the area of dental implants
  7. To provide methods of pain and anxiety control, including ADA certification in intravenous conscious sedation
  8. To provide an environment for the interpretation and implementation of research with a100 percent successful completion of biostatistics and research design in dentistry course
  9. Enable successful completion of the American Board of Periodontology written and oral examinations
  10. To develop sound lifelong didactic and clinical learning skills
  11. To provide specialists in periodontics for community health care, professional service and dental education with a 100 percent graduate participation in specialty clinical practice
 

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.S.D. Fall (Jul 1 start date) Jul 1, a year previous to entry National Dental Boards, Part 1 and 2

Special requirements

  • Applicants from countries where English is not the primary and official language must complete the TOEFL with a score of 100 or higher.
  • International applicants must include an external credential evaluation of all international transcripts to complete the application. WES, ECE and AACRAO are some of the recommended NACES-approved providers.
  • Upon acceptance in the specialty certificate program in periodontics, applicants must apply to the Graduate School for the M.S.D.
 

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:

  1. D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from U.S. or Canadian dental school
  2. Part I of the National Dental Board at the time of application and Part II by time of matriculation (official report or certified copy)
  3. Transcripts in a sealed envelope from each college/university/dental program attended
  4. GPA/class ranking forwarded from the dean’s office of the dental school attended
  5. Three letters of recommendation addressed to the director of graduate periodontics
  6. Curriculum vitae and personal statement
  7. Interview upon request from program director

Special admission requirements

International applicants must complete the following requirements and documentation. Permanent U.S. residents and international students are advised to contact VCU International Admissions to ensure eligibility.

  1. D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an international dental school program
  2. Provide all information in items three through seven above
  3. An external credential evaluation for international applicants of all international transcripts to complete the application (WES, ECE and AACRAO are some of the recommended NACES-approved providers.)
  4. TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the primary and official language
 

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. Students must receive a minimum grade of B for all required courses. Students will take written and oral examinations and must obtain a minimum grade of B or a passing grade. If either is not obtained, then the examination must be retaken. For research the student must have a thesis defense, present a poster and prepare a manuscript for submission by May 1 of the third year. Extensions may be approved, but students are responsible for the expense.

Curriculum requirements

DENS 550Update in Practice Administration1
DENS 580Biostatistics and Research Design in Dentistry (two credits taken twice)4
DENS 630Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference (0.5 credits taken six times) 13
DENS 660Interdisciplinary Care Conference (0.5 credits earned three times) 11.5
DENS 699Thesis Guidance (1.5 credits taken six times)9
DENS 700Basic Sciences and Graduate Dentistry3
PERI 508Physical Diagnosis2
PERI 511Anesthesiology Rotation1.5
PERI 512Conscious Sedation (two credits taken twice)4
PERI 514Introduction to Periodontics3
PERI 520Principles of Periodontics (two credits taken twice)4
PERI 552Implantology1
PERI 619Clinical Pathology Rotation0.5
PERI 630Medicine: Oral Medicine Seminar (1.5 credits taken six times)9
PERI 650Periodontal Literature Review (three credits taken six times)18
PERI 654Treatment Plan: Case Presentations (one credit taken six times)6
PERI 656Current Literature Review (three credits taken six times)18
PERI 680Clinical Periodontics (five credits taken six times)30
PERI 719Specialty Practice Management0.5
Total Hours119
1

For DENS 660, students register for .5 credits for both fall and spring semesters of all three years of the program. They receive a continuing grade in the fall semester and grade at the end of the spring semester for the entire year. Students take the class six times for .5 credits each time, but they are only graded for three 0.5 credit classes

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 119

Plan of study

Year one
Fall semesterHours
DENS 580 Biostatistics and Research Design in Dentistry 2
DENS 630 Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference 0.5
DENS 660 Interdisciplinary Care Conference (no credits earned in fall; continuing course) 1 -
DENS 699 Thesis Guidance 1.5
PERI 508 Physical Diagnosis 2
PERI 512 Conscious Sedation 2
PERI 514 Introduction to Periodontics 3
PERI 520 Principles of Periodontics 2
PERI 552 Implantology 1
PERI 630 Medicine: Oral Medicine Seminar 1.5
PERI 650 Periodontal Literature Review 3
PERI 654 Treatment Plan: Case Presentations 1
PERI 656 Current Literature Review 3
PERI 680 Clinical Periodontics 5
 Term Hours: 27.5
Spring semester
DENS 580 Biostatistics and Research Design in Dentistry 2
DENS 630 Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference 1 0.5
DENS 660 Interdisciplinary Care Conference 1 0.5
DENS 699 Thesis Guidance 1.5
DENS 700 Basic Sciences and Graduate Dentistry 3
PERI 511 Anesthesiology Rotation 1.5
PERI 512 Conscious Sedation 2
PERI 520 Principles of Periodontics 2
PERI 630 Medicine: Oral Medicine Seminar 1.5
PERI 650 Periodontal Literature Review 3
PERI 654 Treatment Plan: Case Presentations 1
PERI 656 Current Literature Review 3
PERI 680 Clinical Periodontics 5
 Term Hours: 26.5
Year two
Fall semester
DENS 630 Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference 0.5
DENS 660 Interdisciplinary Care Conference (no credit earned in fall; continuing course) 1 -
DENS 699 Thesis Guidance 1.5
PERI 630 Medicine: Oral Medicine Seminar 1.5
PERI 650 Periodontal Literature Review 3
PERI 654 Treatment Plan: Case Presentations 1
PERI 656 Current Literature Review 3
PERI 680 Clinical Periodontics 5
 Term Hours: 15.5
Spring semester
DENS 630 Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference 0.5
DENS 660 Interdisciplinary Care Conference 1 0.5
DENS 699 Thesis Guidance 1.5
PERI 619 Clinical Pathology Rotation 0.5
PERI 630 Medicine: Oral Medicine Seminar 1.5
PERI 650 Periodontal Literature Review 3
PERI 654 Treatment Plan: Case Presentations 1
PERI 656 Current Literature Review 3
PERI 680 Clinical Periodontics 5
 Term Hours: 16.5
Year three
Fall semester
DENS 550 Update in Practice Administration 1
DENS 630 Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference 0.5
DENS 660 Interdisciplinary Care Conference (no credit earned in fall; continuing course) 1 -
DENS 699 Thesis Guidance 1.5
PERI 630 Medicine: Oral Medicine Seminar 1.5
PERI 650 Periodontal Literature Review 3
PERI 654 Treatment Plan: Case Presentations 1
PERI 656 Current Literature Review 3
PERI 680 Clinical Periodontics 5
PERI 719 Specialty Practice Management 0.5
 Term Hours: 17
Spring semester
DENS 630 Orthodontic-Periodontic-AEGD Conference 0.5
DENS 660 Interdisciplinary Care Conference 1 0.5
DENS 699 Thesis Guidance 1.5
PERI 630 Medicine: Oral Medicine Seminar 1.5
PERI 650 Periodontal Literature Review 3
PERI 654 Treatment Plan: Case Presentations 1
PERI 656 Current Literature Review 3
PERI 680 Clinical Periodontics 5
 Term Hours: 16
 Total Hours: 119
1

For DENS 660, students register for .5 credits for both fall and spring semesters of all three years of the program. They receive a continuing grade in the fall semester and a grade at the end of the spring semester for the entire year. Students take the class six times for .5 credits each time, but they are only graded for three .5-credit classes.

Graduate program director
Thomas C. Waldrop, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and director, graduate periodontics
Email: tcwaldro@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-6121

Additional contact
Faye T. Miles
Administrative assistant
Email: ftmiles@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-4867
Fax: (804) 828-0657
Program website: periodontics.vcu.edu/gradprogram