24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The Pediatric Dentistry program at Virginia Commonwealth University offers the student a comprehensive 24-month course of study in clinical and didactic pediatric dentistry.


Program Description

The Pediatric Dentistry program at Virginia Commonwealth University places emphasis on all phases of pediatric dentistry including preventive dentistry, restorative, endodontics, periodontics, trauma, oral surgery, orthodontics, sedation and hospital dentistry. The program enables the student to provide comprehensive oral health care for the well child, the medically compromised and children with special health care needs. There is extensive use of various treatment modalities for pain control and behavioral management, such as sedation, analgesia and general anesthesia. Research experience is gained through completion of an individual research project and required master’s thesis.

Seminars are held in pediatric dentistry, orthodontic diagnosis and treatment, treatment planning, growth and development, cephalometric analysis, pediatric dentistry literature review, and behavior guidance. Formal courses in biostatistics, principles of pediatrics, pediatric advanced life support, head and neck anatomy, neurodevelopmental disabilities, leadership seminars, basic sciences, and clinical core courses are required. The students participate in undergraduate clinical teaching and supervision.

Each resident will complete a one-month rotation in general anesthesia and a two-week rotation in pediatric medicine. Residents will also spend time on rotations in the Center for Craniofacial Care managing patients with cleft lip and palate and other acquired or congenital craniofacial conditions, hemophilia and oncology, and oral pathology. Residents take emergency calls on a rotating basis in the Pediatric Emergency Department of VCU Medical Center.

Students completing the program earn a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree. Students must complete the requirements for the master’s degree prior to being awarded the specialty certificate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orthodontic Clinic for Non-orthodontic Graduate Students
  • General Anesthesia Rotation
  • Growth and Development
  • Pediatric Dental Emergency Service
  • Seminar Series: Pediatric Dentistry and Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine Rotation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


70 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an American Dental Association-accredited dental school
  • Successful completion of Part I of the National Dental Board Exam and completion of Part II, successful completion of the Integrated National Board
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or equivalent
  • Ranking in the top 50 percent of the class of the dental school attended
  • Personal interview
  • An externship in pediatric dentistry of at least one week in duration while attending dental school (highly encouraged)
  • Participation status with American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program
  • Agreement to participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program
  • Agreement to participate in the ADEA PASS
  • Graduation or anticipated graduation from a CODA-accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school
  • Eligibility to obtain a Virginia Temporary Resident’s License from the Virginia Board of Dentistry
  • Completion of GRE
  • Completion of TOEFL or IELTS

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    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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