Please note that the admission policy is reviewed annually and the admission requirements from previous years may not apply. The University reserves the right to review and change the admission requirements at any time, without notice.
Application to the DDS ITD Program is considered to be an application to the Schulich Dentistry Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Application must be made by completing and submitting the online Application Form available on the DDS ITD Program website. The non-refundable application fee and supporting documents must be mailed to the Schulich Dentistry Director’s Office.
All requests for information concerning the DDS ITD Program should be directed to the Program Co-Coordinator at the School of Dentistry. For more information, please see the ITD Program website.
To be eligible for admission to the DDS ITD Program, candidates:
(a) Must have graduated from a minimum four-year University dental program which is not recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).English Language Proficiency
(b) Candidates must have Permanent Resident Status or Canadian Citizenship.
(c) Must have completed the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (see http://www.ndeb.ca/) before the application deadline.
(d) Must have taken the TOEFL/IELTS English proficiency test within the last two years. See the English Language Proficiency section below.
(e) Must submit a completed online application form, and send in all supporting documents as indicated on the ITD Program website, including the application fee, postmarked no later than the posted deadline date.
(f) Must have proof of name change if submitting documents in a name other than is shown on the application form.
Proof of English proficiency can be achieved in one of the following ways:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). See the ITD Program website for minimum required scores.
The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). See the ITD Program website for minimum required scores.
Successful completion of four (4) years of full-time Canadian high school education in English. (Notarized transcripts must be submitted.)
It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit proof of English proficiency, as stated above, to the ITD Program Office.
Applicants who have been required to withdraw by a dental school for academic or other reasons will normally be ineligible for admission to the DDS ITD Program.
Upon acceptance to the DDS ITD Program, the applicant MUST obtain a credential evaluation of degrees and diplomas (Document-by-Document Report) through World Education Services (WES). WES can be contacted at 1-866-343-0700, or see www.wes.org/ca for more information. If candidates are unable to have credentials validated to the satisfaction of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.
Candidates accepted into the DDS ITD Program and intending to register are required to submit a non-refundable deposit.
All DDS ITD Program students must submit evidence of immunization, as described in the Statement on Potential Health Risks/Immunization Requirements in the Western University Academic Calendar.
All dental students will interact with vulnerable populations through the course of their academic programs. In recognition of the requirements of clinical agencies to ensure that dental students do not place vulnerable populations at risk, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry requires that all students provide, as a condition of their admission into the DDS and DDS ITD programs, a current Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector (Position) Screening.
Each student is required to maintain a valid certificate in Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR_HCP) & First Aid throughout the two years of the program.
Tuition fees for the ITD Program vary from year to year. Current fees can be found on the Office of the Registrar website at http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/.
PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA)
The admission process also involves the completion of a two-day Schulich Dentistry Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). The top 100 applicants, as determined by the ITD Program Committee, will be invited to this assessment. The applicants are selected based on the results of the English language test scores and the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge results. Applicants meeting the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed an invitation to the PLA. Interviews will be held following the PLA for the highest-ranked applicants. The purpose of the PLA is to ensure that applicants are at the same knowledge level and skill as the DDS students entering their third year of the DDS Program. The decision of the School of Dentistry concerning admission to the DDS ITD Program is final. No appeal mechanism exists.