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Admission Requirements

1. Academic Documentation

To be eligible for admission to Dentistry, applicants must:

be in the final year of, or have successfully completed, an undergraduate degree program leading to a four-year undergraduate degree at a recognized university. Applicants in this category are advised that the following courses are mandatory: at least 0.5 laboratory course in organic chemistry and at least 0.5 course in biochemistry, and 1.0 course in human or mammalian physiology. It is also to their advantage to have successfully completed 1.0 laboratory course in biology, chemistry and physics. For applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree and who are in the final year of (or who have recently completed) a subsequent undergraduate degree, grades earned during the previous degree(s) will not be considered. The most recent degree must be equivalent to a four-year degree. Courses taken during the application cycle are not considered towards GPA. 

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be in the final year of, or have successfully completed, a graduate degree program at a recognized university. Graduate degree candidates must complete all requirements for their graduate degree (including a successful thesis defense, if applicable) by June 30 of the year of entry. It will be the students' responsibility to assure confirmation by their Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than June 30 that all requirements for the degree have been met. No deferred admission will be granted. Applicants in this category are advised that the following courses are mandatory: at least 0.5 laboratory course in organic chemistry, at least 0.5 course in biochemistry, and 1.0 course in human or mammalian physiology. It is also to their advantage to have successfully completed 1.0 laboratory course in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Please note: Effective this application cycle (2017-2018), successful completion of prerequisite courses for Dentistry Admissions requires a minimum grade of B or 74.5% based on the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) scale for applicants studying at a Canadian university. Western will convert grades and averages for applicants who are not studying in a Canadian university based on grading practices and grading scale interpretation of institutions attended.

Competitiveness

In order to be considered, candidates must have achieved at least 80% or higher in two undergraduate level years by the end of the academic year prior to application. Past class statistics have indicated that most successful applicants have a mid to high 80s average over their two most competitive years. Although primary consideration will be given to the two most competitive academic years, DAT scores, and Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement, overall academic performance (consistency, trend) and graduate education can also be used as selection criteria.

Please note:  Effective this application cycle (2017-2018), applicants must meet the following criteria: In order to be considered, candidates must have achieved at least 80% or higher in each of the two best undergraduate years with a full course load of 5.0 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. Each of the two best years used for GPA consideration must also have at 3.0 full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year level of study.

Schulich Dentistry utilizes the OMSAS (Ontario Medical School Application Service) scale to translate grades achieved at other Canadian universities to Western standards. The most current version of the scale can be found at the OMSAS website.

Prerequisite Requirements

Although having a science background is considered an asset, there is no specific pre-dental education that is required. Students are advised to seek a broad background of education in keeping with their own interests. In the past, students who have previously studied psychology, economics, engineering, nursing, physiotherapy, etc. have entered the program.

All candidates must complete approved courses in the following subjects:

  • At least one half lab course in Organic Chemistry
  • At least one half course in Biochemistry
  • One full course in Human or Mammalian Physiology

Introductory biology, chemistry and physics courses are also recommended.

In order to ensure applicants have covered the subject areas required for the first-year curriculum of the dentistry program, only certain biochemistry and physiology courses are considered acceptable. Please see the following lists for guidelines of approved prerequisite courses (these lists are subject to change).

The Physiology Challenge Exam is offered to candidates invited to interview who will not have been able to fulfill the physiology course requirement by the end of the application cycle. Please see the following document for an outline of the course on which the exam is based:

Note: Only prerequisites taken within ten years of the application deadline are deemed acceptable. 

Effective this application cycle (2017-2018), successful completion of prerequisite courses for Dentistry Admissions requires a minimum grade of B or 74.5% based on the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) scale for applicants studying at a Canadian university. Western will convert grades and averages for applicants who are not studying in a Canadian university based on grading practices and grading scale interpretation of institutions attended.

Course Load Requirements

Western University considers a full course load to be equivalent to five full courses taught between September and April.

Effective this application cycle (2017-2018), the two best undergraduate years used for admission consideration must have a full course load of 5.0 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April, with at least 3.0 full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year level of study. 

This means:

  • In your 1st year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 1st year-level or above
  • In your 2nd year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 2nd year-level or above
  • In your 3rd year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above
  • In your 4th year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above. Note: A mix of 3rd and 4th year courses to make up the 3 full course equivalents is acceptable in the fourth year

These course level restrictions apply only to the 2 years used for the GPA requirement.

  • Spring/Summer Courses:  Courses taken during either of the Spring/Summer sessions will not normally be counted as part of the five courses. Therefore, courses taken outside of the regular academic year (September to April) are not included in the calculation of an academic average used for admission. Should a prerequisite course be successfully completed during either the Spring or Summer term, the course requirement is considered fulfilled.
  • Non Standard Records:  In cases where the course load and academic grades awarded are significantly different from North American standards, assessment of transcripts will be made by Western University Registrar based upon known International Guidelines.

Special Years

Applicants who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree may elect to continue in full-time undergraduate studies (a Special Year) so that their academic standing may be improved for application to the DDS program. To be considered for the academic average, the following parameters must be met: 

  • During the undergraduate degree taken prior to the Special Year, the student must have achieved at least one A-level year (80% average or higher)
  • A minimum of 80% must be achieved in the Special Year. The Admissions Committee will allow two Special Years on a candidate's transcript if the applicant did not achieve 80% in the first Special Year attempt
  • Schulich will not consider the average of a Special Year taken during the year of application
  • Special Years must contain a full course load of at least five full-course equivalents, four of which are equal in difficulty to those courses at Western which are coded 2000 level or above

2. Dental Aptitude Test Results

3. Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement

4. Interview