Canadian Dental Clinical Skills - Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Preparatory Course

Thank you for your interest in this course. Please visit this site again for the September 2019 dates.

The Canadian Dental Clinical Skills - PLA Preparatory Course, held on Friday evenings (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) over twelve weeks, is intended for graduates of non-accredited dental programs. Its goal is to prepare students for the PLA, which is part of the admission process for the Schulich Dentistry Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program. The introduction of this new preparatory course is being established as part of Schulich Dentistry’s Strategic Plan (2016-2026), to strengthen students’ quality of education and in turn enrich the quality of care for people in the community.

For the 2019 ITD Program application, it is strongly recommended that applicants register for this course.  Successful completion of the course will give these applicants priority in the selection process for the 2019 August PLA, provided that all ITD Program admission requirements are met by the application deadline date.

Applicants to the ITD Program not completing this course in 2019 will be ranked and selected based solely on their application and the selection criteria, to fill the remaining PLA seats. 

This course is scheduled to begin in January 2019. 

  • Improve your dental clinical skills
  • Get feedback in operative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics
  • Low instructor to student ratio (1:10)
  • Instruction done in our state-of-the-art Simulation Clinic, which is the same environment as the PLA Exam

Course dates for Winter 2019:
January 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
February 8-9, 22-23
March 1-2, 8-9, 22-23, 29-30
April 5-6, 12-13
No classes weekend of February 1-2, February 15-16, March 15-16

Tuition: $8,549 + HST

View additional information here.

Course Coordinators


Gildo C. Santos Jr., DDS, MSc, PhD


Hasan N. Alkumru, DDS, PhD, FRCDC

Schulich Dentistry wishes to thank the following companies for their generous support of this course.

Brasseler  Dentsply