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FAQs

Will I be able to afford the tuition?

Once you are enrolled in the Program we provide a Letter of Enrollment for you to use to obtain a professional student loan.

Is there any type of financial aid available?

You can apply for OSAP if you are eligible. Many of our students receive financial aid based on their financial needs.

Are there any scholarships/grants available?

There are no scholarships or grants at the current time.

Will I be able to manage a job and studies at the same time?

Due to the intensity of the Program, it is not feasible to manage a job.

When does the Prior Learning Assessment take place?

The 2017 PLA will take place August 14-15 or August 17-18 with approximately 50 applicants in each.

When do interviews take place?

Interviews will be scheduled Tuesday to Friday, the week after PLA. Once the results for both PLA sessions have been tabulated, the top 40 candidates will be notified via email on the Monday of interview week.

If I decline an offer of admission to the PLA/ITD Program, can I be guaranteed a spot in the future?

No. Due to the high volume of applications received each year, we are not able to hold your spot for the future.  If you are re-considering the program, you must submit a new online application and send in all your up-to-date documentation and fee again.

Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the PLA?

Refunds of $800.00 will be given only if you cancel more than two weeks before your PLA session. If you cancel within two weeks or less of your PLA date, no refund will be given.

How can I best prepare for the PLA?

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Continuing Dental Education (CDE) offers courses designed to assist foreign-trained dentists review and upgrade their clinical understanding and skills in preparation for entrance to ITD programs, such as our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), or to National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) examinations. See the Continuing Dental Education (CDE) website or contact their office at 1.888.281.1428 or email cde@schulich.uwo.ca for more information.

How many positions are available in the Schulich Dentistry ITD program?

This is a very competitive program with a limited enrollment of 20 students.

I am on the ITD Program wait list. Should I apply to the program again in the next round of applications?

Yes. In order to be considered for the next academic cycle, you must re-submit a new application, fee and all up-to-date supporting documentation by the deadline date.

Do I need to become a Landed Immigrant/Canadian citizen to apply?

Yes, you must have permanent resident status or Canadian Citizenship at the time of applying to the program.

What if I don’t have all the required documents?

We cannot process your application if any of the documents are missing or out of date. We must have all supporting documentation postmarked on or before the application deadline date or your application will be disqualified.

Do I have to pass the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge in order to apply?

It is not necessary to achieve a test-equated score of 75 or higher on the AFK to apply. However, due to the large number of applications received, successful applicants in the past have generally had scores in the high 70s to 80s and have met the minimum English language requirements.

Can I submit AFK test results from previous years**?

Yes, AFK exam results from any year can be submitted in 2017 application to the Western University ITD Program.

**Please note that beginnning the next 2018 application cycle, AFK exam results will only be valid for 2 years.  Valid test dates for 2018 application will be February 2016, August 2016, February 2017, August 2017, and February 2018.  Tests taken prior to February 2016 will not be considered.  A minimum score of 75% is recommended.** 

Do I need to write an English test?

All applicants* to the ITD Program must submit the results of an English proficiency test, such as a TOEFL or IELTS test. Results are valid for 2 years. We encourage applicants to register early, due to limited testing capacity on certain dates.

*Applicants who have successfully completed four (4) full years of full-time Canadian high school education in English will be exempt.  Notarized transcripts must be submitted.

Can I have my documents evaluated by ECE or another organization other than World Education Services (WES)?

No. You must have your degree/diploma evaluated by WES (Document-by-Document Report), prior to the start of the Program.

Can I appeal if I am not selected?

No, the decision of the ITD Selection Committee is final and there is no appeal process. No feedback can be given.

How many times can I re-apply to the program?

You may apply to the ITD Program as often as you wish. However a new application, $275.00 application fee, and all up-to-date supporting documentation must be re-submitted each year.  We strongly urge you to take copies or have multiple certified copies made of your documents, not only for your own records but also should you require them again for other purposes. Previously submitted applications, including all documents, are archived and destroyed.

Can I apply to the Program if I've taken the NDEB Assessment of Clinical Skills or the Assessment of Clinical Judgment?

Yes, applicants who have taken the NDEB ACS and/or the NDEB ACJ can apply to the Program.  However, applicants who have received NDEB certification by successfully completing the NDEB Written & the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will not be considered for admission into the Program.

I've been invited to the PLA.  Can I continue to pursue the NDEB Equivalency Process?

You may continue to register for and attend the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS) and/or the Assessment of Clinical Judgment (ACJ).

Do you accept the results from the NBDE parts I & II?

No. We require a numerical score.  The scores for the NBDE parts I & II are scored as a Pass/Fail.

Do I need post-graduate clinical experience in order to apply?

It is not necessary to have post-graduate clinical experience in order to apply.  However it may be considered during the final selection process.