Vcu Dental Hygiene Acceptance Rate

For information regarding prerequisite courses at VCU, refer to the VCU University College pre-dental hygiene program information.

Two years of liberal arts study with a minimum of 60 semester hours of transferable quality academic course credits are required. Click on a course subject for a brief description of the types of courses required for this program.

The generic list of courses below will be helpful to you when choosing prerequisites and electives. If the courses you have taken or plan to take match closely with the brief descriptions provided, they will most likely transfer, as long as they are from an accredited institution.

Two or three semesters. Intensive writing and research consisting of UNIV 111, UNIV 112 and UNIV 200 or the transfer equivalent.

One semester, minimum 3 credits with lab. Human biology, not plant or animal biology. Topics should include molecular aspects of cells, bioenergetics, photosynthesis, celluluar respiration, cellular and organismal reproduction, genetics and evolution and ecology.

One semester, minimum 3 credits with lab. Fundamental principles and theories of chemistry, including qualitative analysis. Not organic. (Must be equivalent to CHM 111 or higher within the VCCS)

One semester, minimum 3 credits with lab. Human specimens, models and interactive software are used to study human body structures; emphasis is on the skeleto-muscular aspects. Note: NAS 161 and 162 will not transfer to VCU.

One semester, minimum 3 credits with lab. Functioning of the human body with emphasis on experimental procedures.

One semester, minimum 3 credits with lab. General principles of microbiology and immunology to provide a thorough understanding of the host-microbe relationship in disease.

One semester, minimum 3 credits. Examples of humanities courses: foreign language, philosophy, literature, history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology (in addition to the required sociology and psychology), etc.

One semester, minimum 3 credits. An intro to or survey of basic concepts of society and culture.

One semester, minimum 3 credits. An intro to or survey of basic principles.

One semester, minimum 3 credits. Structured speaking and critical listening, basic forms of interpersonal and small group communication.

One semester, minimum 3 credits. Scientific math, not business math. Topics should include examining distributions, relationships, producing data, probability, etc.

One semester, minimum 3 credits. Art history or music appreciation course.

The remainder of the 60 required credits can be chosen from any of the following areas of study: science, math, computer usage, first aid and CPR and humanities. Science electives are strongly recommended.

You may also take anything that you see listed under “humanities”, as long as it is transferable.

Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program

Students are accepted into the dental hygiene program once per year in the fall semester. You may apply at any time after September; however, your application is not complete until after your final, official transcripts (including grades for fall) are received by DHCAS. You should wait until the end of the fall semester, after fall grades have been posted, to request your transcripts. Always follow up to make sure you transcripts are received prior to the application deadline. Transcripts must be received by DHCAS by the Feb. 1 deadline. Consideration will not be given to late transcripts, so it is advisable to send them to DHCAS as soon as fall grades have posted.

Yes – You will need to submit all new documentation, using DHCAS.

No – if you are not accepted into the dental hygiene program and wish to enter a different program at VCU, you must apply to that program separately.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by e-mail no later than April 30.

No – courses in the dental hygiene curriculum can only be taken by students enrolled in the two year program at the VCU School of Dentistry.

International students must apply through DHCAS. Applicants with foreign transcripts must have them evaluated before being sent to ADEA DHCAS. Foreign evaluated transcripts are required in order for the application to be considered complete. ADEA recommends applicants use World Education Services ( or Educational Credential Evaluators ( ADEA DHCAS does not verify coursework and does not use grades from international transcripts in computing ADEA DHCAS GPAs.

Once you are admitted to the program, you will need to contact the Office of International Admissions at (804) 828-6016 to make sure all required information is submitted for enrollment at VCU.


The average overall GPA for students entering our program in 2015 was 3.41 and math/science GPA of 3.51.

A grade of “D” is not acceptable as prerequisite for this program. VCU will not transfer any grade below a “C”; however, all courses taken are factored into the GPA.

No; however, all prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester in the calendar year that you are applying. Some colleges do not include courses in progress on the transcript. If you are taking prerequisite courses during the spring semester and those courses do not appear on your transcript, please submit proof of enrollment to [email protected] in the form of a “screen capture” of your universitys eServices page indicating your name, the institution and course(s) and the start and end dates for each. Please do not “copy and paste” from the screen, as this can be manipulated and is not considered valid proof.

Yes. You may apply to the university as a non-degree seeking student. Please note that degree seeking students have priority over registration options, leaving the non-degree seeking student limited in the courses available.

We break down the requirement and calculate GPA in the manner and categories described below:

  • We total the math/science credits and we total the quality points for those credits, then divide the number of quality points by the number of math/science credits, which is your math/science GPA.
  • Yes – the first two years can be taken at a community college as long as the courses are transferable. Please refer to the admission requirements and follow the instructions provided on how to use the course equivalencies section of the VCU Transfer Guide.

    Yes. VCU accepts credit for AP tests and duel enrollment courses. AP tests scores of 3, 4 or 5 will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    If admitted, you will be required to provide a clean copy of the AP Student Grade Report to the Dental Hygiene office. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and evaluated by the Transfer Center. Credits awarded are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not included in the student’s VCU GPA.

    Dual enrollment courses: Qualified students who have taken college-level work while still enrolled in a secondary school may receive academic credit. Courses taken as dual enrollment courses will be treated as VCU courses or transfer credits according to the evaluation guidelines.

    For questions regarding the transferability of courses taken at a university other than VCU please refer to the admission requirements and follow the instructions provided on how to use the course equivalencies section of the VCU Transfer Guide, which now includes other universities and colleges in addition to the Virginia Community College System and Richard Bland College.

    TOEFL scores may be required for applicants whose native language is other than English. Please refer to the English proficiency requirement on the admission requirements page.

    Program details

    The dental hygiene program is two years (four semesters) after completion of two years of prerequisite course work. Students enter in their junior year.

    Yes, although the faculty does encourage you to limit your part-time employment due to the academic demands of the curriculum.

    Hours each day may vary, but generally the courses run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The core curriculum focuses on a hands-on approach to dental hygiene education. During your senior year you will be assigned to overnight extramural rotations sites such as Lynchburg, Northern Neck and Danville.

    The first semester begins on the last Monday in July or the first Monday in August, depending on the academic calendar for that year. All semesters are conducted on a strict full-time schedule.

    There are no night classes, no summer courses (clinic extends beyond the normal spring semester) and no online courses available for this program.

    Non-academic criteria

    The fundamental question the admissions committee poses to evaluate an applicant’s non-academic qualities is, “Does the applicant possess the qualities of a good dental hygienist?” In order to answer this question, the committee considers various non-academic criteria, such as work ethic, knowledge of the profession, motivation, compassion, integrity, communication skills, leadership and desire to contribute to society. Shadowing a dental hygienist is not required but highly encouraged. In addition, the committee will assess an applicant’s ability to work in teams, resiliency, willingness to accept responsibility and maturity. Please review the Dental Hygiene Program Application Review Rubric, posted under the Program Information section of the DHCAS application, on how the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant.

    Community service activity

    Community service activities are viewed as an indication of an applicant’s desire to contribute to society. These activities do not need not be directly affiliated with dentistry/dental hygiene. The applicant should clearly and succinctly describe his/her level of participation in these activities.

    Curriculum notes

  • As part of students’ course of study and community education, travel to off-campus sites is expected. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to agencies used for clinical and community health rotation experiences.
  • Licensing/certification: It is important for every student to understand that, while certain curricula are designed for the purpose of achieving registration or certification by an outside agency, completion of such an academic program in no way assures the student of successful registration or certification. No employee, agent or representative of this university is authorized or empowered to provide such assurances either directly or by implication.
  • Individuals who have a felony or misdemeanor conviction may not be eligible for licensure in Virginia. The Virginia Board of Dentistry makes this decision. For questions regarding this issue, call the Virginia Board of Dentistry at (804) 662-9906.
  • Criminal background checks are required prior to matriculation.
  • Prerequisites for Admission

    Ensuring that all prerequisite coursework be completed no later than the spring semester of the application year is solely the responsibility of the applicant. A grade of “D” is not acceptable as prerequisite for this program. VCU will not transfer any grade below a “C”; however, all courses taken are factored into the GPA.

    A minimum GPA of 2.50 based on a four-point scale in the cumulative courses and a minimum GPA of 2.70 in the math/science courses.

    Technical skills

    In order to successfully complete the dental hygiene curriculum at VCU, students must meet nonacademic criteria for motor, sensory/observation, communication, cognitive and behavioral abilities, as listed in the School of Dentistry Technical Standards.

    Transfer Credits

    The VCU transfer guide now includes other universities and colleges in addition to the Virginia Community College System. Once you select which school you attend, you will click on the “Course Equivalency Tables” tab on the left hand side of the screen. Use the prerequisite list to compare courses on the course equivalencies list and you should have no problem choosing the right courses for this program.

    When choosing elective courses, make sure any courses you have taken or you are considering taking, are on the course equivalencies list. These elective courses do not have to be equivalent to anything specific at VCU, but they must be on the list and may simply be indicated as “elective” in the right column. Higher level courses in the same equivalency discipline may not be transferable.

    If you do not see your school on the transfer guide course equivalencies list, please contact the VCU Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349 for specific guidance.

    Course work completed in the Dental Hygiene Program at VCU may or may not transfer to another institution and is at the discretion of the program or institution.

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