Important general information
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, see the pre-professional health advising blog.
Prerequisites for the VCU School of Dentistry
Students need to complete the prerequisite science courses before being eligible to start the dental program at the VCU School of Dentistry. Students are also required to complete the Dental Admission Test. The DAT is taken before or during the dental school admissions process. Students preparing for the DAT are strongly advised to take courses to build competency in tested subjects prior to taking the exam. Completing all prerequisite course work and taking the DAT prior to applying is highly recommended but not required. Students must provide official DAT scores before their application will be considered for an interview. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C prior to entering VCU’s dental program if accepted.
Science and non-science courses required for the VCU School of Dentistry
General biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and physics are required science prerequisites for admission to dental school. With the exception of biochemistry, the laboratory component of these prerequisites must also be completed.
English composition and a mathematics/statistics course are non-science prerequisites required for dental school.
Other upper-level science courses in general microbiology, bacteriology, animal or vertebrate physiology, anatomy, genetics and cell biology are strongly recommended. If time permits and the courses are available, courses in immunology, embryology, or developmental biology and histology are highly recommended. Additionally, non-science courses in the behavioral sciences and those involving psychomotor skills are recommended.
Prerequisites for the VCU School of Dentistry
& BIOZ 151
|Introduction to Biological Sciences I|
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
& BIOZ 152
|Introduction to Biological Sciences II|
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
& CHEZ 101
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEZ 102
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
& CHEZ 301
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEZ 302
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
|CHEM 403||Biochemistry I||3|
|MATH 151||Precalculus Mathematics 1||3-4|
|or MATH 131||Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics|
|or MATH 141||Algebra with Applications|
|or MATH 200||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I|
|or STAT 210||Basic Practice of Statistics|
|or STAT 212||Concepts of Statistics|
|or STAT 314||Applications of Statistics|
|PHYS 201||General Physics I 2||4-5|
|or PHYS 207||University Physics I|
|PHYS 202||General Physics II 3||4-5|
|or PHYS 208||University Physics II|
|UNIV 111 Play course video for Focused Inquiry I||Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Play course video for Focused Inquiry II||Focused Inquiry II||3|
MATH 151 is highly recommended and is a prerequisite for other dental school course requirements.
Additional recommended prerequisites for dental schools nationwide
Dental schools across the U.S. have different prerequisites for admission into their program. The list below shows courses required by various schools beyond the courses listed above for the VCU School of Dentistry. Students should discuss career plans with their pre-professional health adviser for additional guidance.
|BIOL 205||Basic Human Anatomy||4|
|or BIOL 402||Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy|
|DENS 101||Introduction to Dentistry||1|
|PHIS 206||Human Physiology||3|
|or BIOL 411||Physiology|
|UNIV 291||University Special Topics (when topic is appropriate for pre-professional health students)||1-4|
Students should also consult with their pre-professional health advisers to discuss an individual plan of study in parallel with their academic majors.