The VCU College of Health Professions is an international leader in the education of excellent, innovative and responsible allied health professionals. The school promotes excellence in health care service and encourages collaborative research that generates state-of-the-art and specialized knowledge. Educational formats that are technologically advanced and accessible to students through on-campus and distance learning are emphasized.
The VCU School of Dentistry is committed to oral health care education, research, patient care and community service. For more than 120 years, it has served as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s only dental school, preparing men and women for successful careers in private practice, academia, hospitals and public agencies.
Through teaching and research, the VCU College of Engineering creates knowledge and transforms ideas in engineering and the life sciences into technologies that enhance regional and global prosperity. VCU Engineering prepares students for leadership and entrepreneurship through collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships.
The VCU School of Medicine provides preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the school seeks to create and apply new knowledge and to provide and continuously improve systems of medical and science education.
The VCU School of Nursing offers academic programs to educate nurses from entry level practice through the doctorate — all with the mission of improving health and the human condition. The mission of the School of Nursing is to improve health and the human condition through leadership in nursing research, education and service.
The VCU School of Pharmacy is at the scientific forefront in pharmacy, pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry education and research. As pharmacy’s role in team-based health care continues to evolve, the school's location within the VCU Medical Center offers students and faculty tremendous opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.
The VCU Office of Health Innovation (OHI) was established in 2011 to provide assistance to the VCU Medical Center and community partners to develop and implement health reform initiatives. Through partnerships with VCU faculty, VCU Health System team members, and community organizations, the OHI team researches local, state, and federal opportunities to improve the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since its inception, the OHI has worked to provide education to providers and the general public regarding health reform. In addition, the team has supported the development of innovative delivery system models that are reducing costs and improving health outcomes.
Within VCU, the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) provides the necessary infrastructure and resources for interdisciplinary human health research. The CCTR encourages, engages and supports the collaborative participation of investigators and students to work together on innovative research that transforms the scientific study of human health.
The VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (VCU-CERSE) brings together researchers, clinicians, rehabilitation specialists, and academicians to promote research, education, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and clinical care for America's veterans, children and adults with disabilities.
The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) delivers innovative solutions for manufacturing better products. An applied research center, CCAM provides production-ready advanced manufacturing solutions to member companies across the globe.
A collaboration of VCU’s Schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering and College of Humanities and Sciences, the VCU da Vinci Center is a unique collegiate model that advances innovation and entrepreneurship through cross-disciplinary collaboration.
The Nanomaterial Core Characterization Facility (NCC) is a research core facility of the VCU Office of Research and located in the Institute for Engineering and Medicine’s flagship facility. A partnership between the VCU School of Engineering and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, the NCC offers technologies that benefit multi-disciplinary industrial and scholarly research in a range of sciences.
The Particle Science and Engineering Center (PSEC) in the VCU School of Engineering is intended to serve as a conduit to bring together engineers, armed with knowledge related to particle science, and real-world problems in the application areas of targeted drug delivery, threat detection, and energy. Each of these three application areas is addressed by a specific research core, or lab.
The VCU Innovation Gateway facilitates commercialization of university inventions; supports university research through collaborative agreements; fosters a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at the university; and promotes regional economic development and new venture creation.
Engineering Capstone Design and Medical Technology Focused Projects – For the past five years, engineering has increased development projects at MCV to address unmet needs presented by clinical faculty. All engineering students must successfully complete a team-based two-semester project design and development course in their senior year. Over the past five years, Capstone Design teams of 3-4 students have address 48 projects presented and advised by practicing clinical faculty. Projects have been conducted with Radiology and Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, Anesthesiology, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Massey Cancer Center, Pharmacy, Nephrology, Emergency Medicine, Dentistry, Oral/Maxi-facial Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Internal medicine. Other Health Science projects have been conducted with Physical Therapy, VA McGuire Medical Center, and Bon Secours. These Engineering and Medicine project collaborations are the result of focused efforts by IEM and Director of the Engineering Capstone Design program.
VIP, or Vertically Integrated Project teams are multidisciplinary, multi-year project teams with 8 to 20 students to address large, more complex, and wide-ranging needs and benefits to patient care. The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in multiyear, multidisciplinary, team-based projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate students in their areas of expertise. Undergraduate students can earn technical elective or free elective course credits (depending on major) for working on specific research projects with other undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, in their research labs. This is a valuable team-based learning experience on cutting-edge topics that will greatly enhance your resume when applying for jobs or graduate school.