Application to the Prior Learning Assessment is considered to be an application to the DDS ITD Program. Application must be made by completing the official application form available from the ITD Program Office, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry or from the Web site. The completed form and supporting documents are to be mailed to:
Program Co-coordinatorAll requests for information concerning the DDS ITS Program should be directed to the Program Co-Coordinator at the address above or:
DDS Internationally Trained Dentists Program
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
The University of Western Ontario
Room DSB 1000
TELEPHONE: (519) 661-3582Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements of The University of Western Ontario including proof of English proficiency.
FAX: (519) 661-3879
Proof of English proficiency can be achieved in one of the following ways:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) together with the Test of Written English (TWE). The minimum score required is 88 for the Internet Based test, with 22 in each category or 230 (computer based) on the TOEFL together with a 5 on the TWE.
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test is an acceptable alternative to TOEFL/TWE. An average score of 85% must be earned with not less than 80% in any section.
The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) is an acceptable alternative to TOEFL/TWE. An overall band score of 6.5 is required with not less than 6.0 in any section.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit proof of English proficiency, as stated above, to the ITD Program Office before an offer of admission can be made.
Upon acceptance to The University of Western Ontario DDS ITD Program the applicant will be required to obtain a credential evaluation of his/her degree/diploma (document by document) through World Education Services (WES), available at the following website: http://www.wes.org/ca, 1-866-343-0700.
If for some reason the applicant is unable to have his/her credentials validated to the satisfaction of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the offer of admission is withdrawn.
To be eligible for admission to the DDS ITD Program:
(a) Candidates must have graduated from a minimum four-year University dental program which is not recognized (approved) by the Canadian Dental Association.Selection will be based on the results of an Eligibility Examination, Prior Learning Assessment and an interview offered by the School of Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario.
(b) Candidates must also complete successfully the Eligibility Examination sponsored by the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry with a score of 60% or above.
(c) Candidates must have permanent resident status.
The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that applicants have sufficient knowledge and skill to begin patient care and take third-year courses. Completion of this assessment does not guarantee admission to the DDS ITD Program.
Applicants who have been required to withdraw by a dental school for academic or other reasons usually will be ineligible for admission to the DDS ITD Program.
The decision of the School of Dentistry concerning admission to the DDS ITD Program is final. No appeal mechanism exists.
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Each student is required to obtain a valid certificate in Basic Cardiac Life Support by end of the Fall term, Year I.
In addition to the credit courses, students are required to attend the non-credit courses.
Progression Without Condition
To complete the work of First Year and be permitted to register in Second Year, a student must:
(a) satisfactorily complete the prescribed assignments for both credit and non-credit courses, andDDS ITD Program students must complete all academic requirements for the Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) within three consecutive years (thirty-six months) from the date of original registration.
(b) obtain at least a pass level of performance (60%) in each didactic course, and
(c) obtain a grade of Satisfactory in each clinical course.
A student may be given permission by the Council of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry to progress or continue in the DDS ITD Program with conditions as noted below:
(a) a student who fails a didactic course may be granted a supplemental examination in that course provided the student’s overall average in all didactic courses of that year is at least 65%Unsatisfactory Standing
(b) all conditions imposed on a student at the conclusion of First Year must be removed prior to registration in the Second Year of the program
(c) no supplemental examinations will be permitted in a clinical course
A student shall be considered to have failed the year if the student:
a) fails to attain a grade of “Pass” in a clinical courseReadmission
b) attains less than a pass level of performance (60%) in a supplemental examination; and
c) fails to complete satisfactorily all assignments of First Year courses by the end of the academic year (June 30)
A student who voluntarily withdraws from a specific year of instruction before the end of the Fall Term may apply, by May 1 next following, to the Dean for readmission. In such event, the student must follow the progression schedule for the year in which they are enrolled.
Readmission to the qualifying program following withdrawn for unsatisfactory standing is seldom permitted, and then only under extenuating circumstances.
At the end of each academic year, a report will be mailed by the Office of the Registrar’s Office to each student showing the numerical (percentage) grade achieved in each course. The key to grades is:
|59 and below||F||Fail|
|SRP ||--||Supplemental Examination/Remedial Work passed|
Reports will also show quartile standing (an indication of class ranking).
Exemption from Courses No exemptions from courses will be permitted to students registered in the qualifying program.