Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Preparatory Course

Registration for the January 2020 PLA Prep Course is now open

The 2020 PLA Preparatory Course (PLA Prep Course) is a limited enrollment, ten (10) week course. It will be held on Friday evenings and all day Saturday. It is a requirement for applicants wishing to be considered for the 2020 Schulich Dentistry PLA Exam, which is part of the admission process for the Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program.

The course covers topics related to cariology, radiology, pharmacology and operative dentistry (lectures and simulation clinic training). This course aligns with Schulich Dentistry’s new 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 Prep 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. Application to the ITD Program is from September 23 to November 17, 2019. Please see the ITD Program website for detailed admission requirements and processes.

View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page here. To register for the PLA Prep course, click here.

Course dates for Winter 2020

January 10-11, 24-25
February 7-8, 28-29
March 13-14, 27-28
April 17-18
May 1-2, 22-23
June 5-6


Friday evenings: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Fee for the PLA Prep Course is $8,549 + HST.

The first installment of $4,000 (+HST) is due upon registration.
The second installment of $4,549 (+HST) is due by November 30, 2019.

PLA Exam: Saturday, June 20, 2020

The PLA Exam will be held at the end of the PLA Preparatory Course. This is a mandatory exam for entrance into the ITD Program. The fee for the PLA Exam is $800. Details will be provided in Spring 2020.