Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Course

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Course.

The Prior Learning Assessment Course (PLA Course) is required in order to participate in the Schulich Dentistry PLA Exam, which is part of the admission process for the Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program. It is limited to approximately 100 participants.

The course covers topics related to cariology, radiology, pharmacology and operative dentistry (lectures and simulation clinic training). This course aligns with Schulich Dentistry’s strategic plan, which aims to strengthen students’ knowledge and critical thinking at a pre-clinical level, as they enter the School.

In order to register for the PLA Course, a registration number is required. You will receive a registration number once your application package to the ITD Program is received and confirmed complete. Please see the ITD Program website for detailed admission requirements and processes. 

Fall 2023 PLA Course dates  

Basic Sciences - Asynchronous online lectures
Approximately 9 hours released each week on the dates below.
Released week of October 9, 16, 23, 30, 2023

Operative Dentistry - Asynchronous online lectures
9 hours released week of November 6, 2023
9 hours released week of November 20, 2023

Operative ClinicalIn-person
Clinical sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm *lunch break 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Cohort A - Clinical Sessions:
Monday, December 4, 2023
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Friday, December 8, 2023
Saturday, December 9, 2023

IMPORTANT: Cohort A dates will be released first. If the maximum participant number is met (50 ppl), the dates for Cohort B (December 11 to 16, 2023) will open. No requests to switch dates. However, Schulich Dentistry reserves the right to re-allocate participants due to circumstances beyond our control. You are required to be flexible and move cohort dates if necessary.


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Participants in the course are not permitted to record sessions, except where recording is an approved accommodation. Participants are also not permitted to download, save or share the recording on their personal devices. All materials on this platform is the property of The University of Western Ontario.