At the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU SOD), we share a commitment to oral health care education, research, patient care and community service. For more than 120 years, we have served as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s only dental school, preparing students for successful careers in private practice, academia, hospitals and public agencies. We are committed to the education of highly qualified dental professionals; research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment; service to the community; and improved oral and general health of our patients and the general population. Our students graduate equipped to provide comprehensive oral health care services to patients with a wide array of needs.
The VCU SOD International Dentist Program offers internationally trained dentists an opportunity to enter the D.D.S. dental degree program in the second year. The program is open to any non-U.S. trained dentist.
|Application Open Date
|March 7, 2024
|February 14, 2025
|Program Start Date
|July 1, 2025
|Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or hold U.S. legal permanent resident status (green card)
Required Standardized Tests
Requires supplemental fee
Transcript Evaluation and Instructions
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Services (WES)
ECE evaluations are prefered but WES will be accepted.
Letters of Evaluation Instructions
Program requires three Letters of Evaluation.
Letters should be submitted to ADEA CAAPID.
All letters must have a signature and be on the letterhead of the letter writer’s affiliated organization or school.
Additional letters exceeding ADEA CAAPID’s capacity may be sent directly to the program by either postal mail in a sealed envelope with the evaluator’s signature over the seal, or by email directly from the evaluator.
Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from the dean or a faculty member of the dental school from which the applicant graduated. The second letter should come from a dentist practicing in the United States who supervised or worked with the applicant in a clinical or educational setting. The third letter should come from someone who has supervised the applicant in a professional setting.
Letters must be less than two years old
TOEFL Requirement Instructions
Program accepts internet-based (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores only. Program requires an iBT average score of 90 or above and 20 or above in each of the four evaluations. TOEFL may be waived if candidate has a degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university. TOEFL must be completed by Feb. 1, 2025. Score received at time of application must be less than two years old.
National Board Requirement Instructions
Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II or passage of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) to be considered for admission. Both NBDE Parts I and II or the INBDE must be passed by Feb. 1, 2025.