Virginia University School of Dentistry (WVU SOD) has entered into a
collaborative agreement with West Virginia State
for a Dental Early Admission Program (DEAP).
purpose of DEAP is to help facilitate predental students’ transition into the
D.D.S. program at WVU SOD. Participating undergraduates will take part in
prehealth professions seminars and community service activities while enrolled
at WVSU. In addition, WVSU is responsible for DEAP student recruitment.
Specific academic benchmarks must be achieved and students must complete
community service hours and spend time shadowing in multiple general dentistry
WVU SOD will reserve two spots in the entering dental class for WVSU students
meeting DEAP requirements. Priority will go to West Virginia residents, but
qualified non-residents could be selected as well.
engagement is the core of the DEAP—beginning with the early identification of
individuals who aspire to careers in dentistry,” says Shelia S. Price, D.D.S.,
Ed.D., Associate Dean for Admissions, Recruitment and Access for WVU SOD. “The
program is a win-win-win opportunity. For us, we will be able to bring highly
qualified, well-mentored students into the dental program. West Virginia State
will offer customized guidance to DEAP students. And, for the students
themselves, they will be able to enter our school fully prepared for the
challenging dental curriculum.”
J. Barney, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics at West Virginia State, says, “We are excited at the opportunity
this collaborative agreement creates for our students. This seamless transition
into the School of Dentistry creates additional education and career
opportunities for our graduates.”
West Virginia State DEAP partnership marks the third such collaboration for the
WVU SOD. Earlier this year, WVU SOD announced the establishment of DEAP agreements
with West Liberty University and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. The school
also has a similar early admissions program with Shepherd University called DentSTEP (Dental Student
in the Eastern Panhandle).
WVU School of Dentistry has educated more than 85% of the dentists who practice
in West Virginia, and as our state’s only dental school, we are committed to
meeting the oral health needs of West Virginians for the next generation and
beyond,” says Anthony “Tom” Borgia, D.D.S., M.H.A., Interim Dean of the WVU SOD.
“By partnering with West Virginia State, we strongly believe that we are
building a connection from the Kanawha Valley to the dental profession here in
West Virginia. Our entire faculty is confident that this program will attract
the very best students to careers in dentistry and that those students will
matriculate into a professional career of service to their fellow citizens.”