ITD - Internationally Trained Dentists Program
Held over two academic years beginning in May/June, the Program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (
Students in the ITD Program must attend all lectures and seminars for courses in: Pharmacology, General Medicine, Oral Pathology, Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning, Integrated Restorative, Patient Assessment, Patient Management, Dento-Facial Trauma, Introduction to Clinics, Clinical Practice, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Oral Radiology, Periodontics, Practice Administration, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Clinical Applications of Dental Research and Endodontics. Clinical experience is patient-centered and students manage their patients following a comprehensive patient-care model.
- The Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program is suitable for foreign-trained dentists who wish to practice dentistry in Canada.
- The Program is suitable for graduates of non-accredited programs, i.e. for dentists who have received their dental education outside of Canada, United States, Australia (graduated on or before March 31, 2010), New Zealand (graduated on or before December 14, 2011), or Ireland (graduated on or before December 5, 2012).
- The ITD Program prepares students to take the NDEB Written and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations which all graduates of accredited dental programs are required to take in order to obtain certification as a general dentist in Canada.
- Assistance will be given to the ITD students with application for the NDEB Certification Process.
- The first year begins in May/June as a Summer Session until August. The regular academic year begins in September and continues through to the end of the following June.
In order to be eligible for admission to the ITD Program, applicants must include all the following supporting documents with the Application Form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. ADMINISTRATIVE FEE
A non-refundable administrative fee of $250.00 CAD paid by certified cheque or money order, made payable to Western University.
2. DENTAL DEGREE/DIPLOMA
A notarized photocopy of your degree/diploma from a minimum four-year university dental program bearing an original seal and signature. Degrees or diplomas that are not in English must be submitted with an original certified translation bearing an original seal and signature of the translator.
3. CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Proof of Permanent Resident Status or Canadian Citizenship is required. Provide a photocopy of your valid permanent resident card, Canadian passport or Record of Landing that verifies your status.
4. ASSESSMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE
Photocopy of Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) examination results, offered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). AFK results from previous years can be submitted in any year that an application to the Schulich Dentistry ITD Program is made. For registration, please see the NDEB website at www.ndeb.ca.
5. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
A score report from a TOEFL or an IELTS English language test.* Test results are valid for 2 years from the date of the exam. Tests taken more than 2 years prior to the application deadline will not be considered and your application may be cancelled. All applicants must complete an English language test.
a) TOEFL(iBT): A minimum total score of 88 is required. Competitive applicants have generally had a minimum of 22 in each of the following sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.
b) IELTS: A minimum Overall Band Score of 6.5 is required. Competitive applicants have generally had a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four sections, with not less than 6.0 in any one section.
* Original score reports should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to our ITD Program office. The TOEFL DI code for Schulich Dentistry is 8956.
6. PROOF OF NAME CHANGE (if applicable)
If documents are submitted with a name other than that shown on the Application Form, proof of name change must be included in the form of a notarized copy, i.e. marriage certificate or Change-of-Name Order issued by an Ontario Court Judge or by another court of competent jurisdiction.
A one-page biography or short resume about your relevant dental experience, any courses completed, or other information that would be of interest to the ITD Selection Committee.
A passport-size photo attached to your resume/biography.
For ITD Program beginning Spring 2015
Registration will open February 2014
A non-refundable administrative fee of $250.00 CAD is due with the application, paid by certified cheque or money order, made payable to Western University.
If selected for the Prior Learning Assessment (
Upon acceptance to the program, a $5,000.00 CAD non-refundable tuition deposit is required.
Current and Historic Fees Schedules can be found on the Registrar's site... CLICK HERE
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The application process begins with the completion of the application form.
The Application Form, fee and
2) Prior Learning Assessment (
The second part of the admission process involves the completion of a two-day Prior Learning Assessment (
The top 100 applicants, as selected by the ITD Selection Committee, are invited to attend the
The purpose of the
Results of the
The decision of the ITD Selection Committee is final and no appeal process is available.
3) Selection for ITD Program:
The final step of the admission process involves the selection of 20 candidates for the ITD Program.
The ITD Selection Committee bases the final selection of candidates mainly on a combination of Prior Learning Assessment, the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge exam results, and English language ability as determined by the interview. Offers of admission are sent in early October for the program that will begin the following year in May/June.
Upon acceptance to the Schulich Dentistry Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program, a credential evaluation of your degree/diploma (Document-by-Document Basic report) must be obtained through World Education Services (
1-866-343-0700 for application procedures. 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.
The decision of the Internationally Trained Dentists Selection Committee at Schulich Dentistry concerning admission to the Internationally Trained Dentists Program is final. No appeal process is available.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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?
*NEW* The PLA will take place over one week in August, with two 2-day sessions of approximately 50 applicants each. Interviews will be held the following week for the top 40 candidates.
When do interviews take place?
*NEW* 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 the interview week.
If I decline an offer of admission to the
No. Due to the high volume of applications received each year, we are not able to hold your spot for the future. You must re-submit a new application and fee, complete with all supporting documentation, and go through the entire application process again, if you are re-considering the program.
Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the
Refunds of $750.00 will be given only if you cancel more than two weeks before your
How many positions are available in the Schulich Dentistry ITD program?
This is a 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?
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 by 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 test results from previous years can be submitted in any year that an application to the UWO ITD Program is made. Results do not become invalid.
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.
Can I have my documents evaluated by ECE or another organization other than World Education Services (
No. You must have your degree/diploma evaluated by
Is the $5,000.00 tuition deposit refundable?
No, the deposit is non-refundable.
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, $250.00 application fee, and all up-to-date supporting documentation must be re-submitted each year. Previously submitted applications, including documents, are archived and destroyed.
CURRICULUM & COURSE LISTING
Students in the ITD program join the students in the 3rd and 4th years of the
SCHULICH DENTISTRY CONTINUING DENTAL EDUCATION (
Schulich Dentistry Continuing Dental Education (
1-888-281-1428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. These are not required courses.
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION
For a list of accredited dental programs in the United States.
AUSTRALIAN DENTAL COUNCIL
For a list of accredited dental programs in Australia.
CANADIAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION (
CANADIAN DENTAL REGULATORY AUTHORITIES FEDERATION (CDRAF)
INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS)
IRISH DENTAL COUNCIL
For a list of accredited dental programs in Ireland.
NEW ZEALAND DENTAL COUNCIL
For a list of accredited dental programs in New Zealand.
ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION (ODA)
ROYAL COLLEGE OF DENTAL SURGEONS OF ONTARIO (RCDSO)
The RCDSO is the governing body for dentists in Ontario.
TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL)
THE NATIONAL DENTAL EXAMINING BOARD OF CANADA (NDEB)
WORKING IN CANADA
Government of Canada website providing labour market information, such as wages and outlooks.
WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES (
Upon acceptance to the ITD Program, a Document-by-Document (Basic) Report of your degree/diploma is required.
Please mail your completed and signed application form, $250.00 application fee, and all documentation, post-marked no later than the deadline date, to:
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Dental Sciences Building, Room 1003
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1
Attention: ITD Program Coordinator
Inquiries can be directed to:
Tel: (519) 661-2111, ext. 89162
Fax: (519) 661-3875