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Dentistry (Concentration in Pediatric Dentistry)

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The didactic requirements of the Dentistry (Concentration in Pediatric Dentistry) program at Virginia Commonwealth University are combined with the goals of the M.S.D. program to provide the student with a strong clinical background that is supported by a strong background in research methodology.


Program goals

  • To provide an academic environment for inquiry in which expertise and knowledge in basic sciences and clinical pediatric dentistry can be achieved
  • To provide a sound background in medicine as it applies to the pediatric/adolescent patient and to patients with special health care needs
  • To provide a sound background in oral pathology
  • To be able to interpret, critique and apply literature associated with the field of pediatric dentistry
  • To develop sound diagnostic, clinical, nonsurgical and surgical skills in the clinic and in the operating room
  • To provide didactic instruction and clinical training in the area of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic behavior management
  • To provide instruction and training in growth and development to include clinical interceptive orthodontic care
  • To provide methods of pain and anxiety control, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation
  • To provide an environment for the interpretation and implementation of research
  • Enable successful completion of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry exam
  • To develop sound lifelong didactic and clinical learning skills
  • To provide specialists in pediatric dentistry for community health care, professional service and dental education

Student learning outcomes

Graduates of this Dentistry (Concentration in Pediatric Dentistry) program at Virginia Commonwealth University will be competent in:

  • Knowledge – concepts, facts and information
  • Knowledge and skills in the areas of pediatric medicine and oral medicine, as well as the delivery of dental care and oral surgery for compromised children and adolescents
  • In-depth knowledge and skills in the use of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic behavior management techniques
  • Knowledge of hospital protocol, policies, rules, regulations and the ability to treat pediatric dental patients in the hospital environment
  • Ability to evaluate the dental literature and its research findings to the benefit of patients and to engage in scholarly activity which results in completion of a master’s degree thesis suitable for publication
  • Knowledge of preventive and corrective dental procedures relating to general and oral health and to growth and development of the stomatognathic system
  • Knowledge and skill in oral and maxillofacial radiology specific to the needs of the child and adolescent
  • Preparation for managing a contemporary pediatric dental practice relative to practice administration, efficient auxiliary utilization and marketing
  • Understanding of the biomedical sciences related to the practice of contemporary pediatric dentistry: biostatistics/epidemiology, pharmacology, microbiology, embryology, genetics, anatomy and oral and medical pathology
  • In-depth knowledge of the physical, psychological and social development of children
  • In-depth knowledge of oral and perioral lesions and anomalies in the pediatric dental patient
  • In-depth knowledge of the management of dental and medical emergencies in the dental setting
  • Understanding of normal and abnormal language development
  • Understanding of jurisprudence, risk management and biomedical ethics
  • Understanding office and practice management including the use of contemporary technologies

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biostatistics end Research Design in Dentistry
  • Interdisciplinary Care Conference
  • Orthodontic Clinic for Nan-orthodontic 
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dental Emergency Service
  • Seminar Series Pediatric Dentistry and Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine Rotation
  • Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Current Literature Review
  • Pediatric Dental Clinic

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


70 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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    25956 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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