Admission Process

Simulation Clinic

1. Application

Application for the program beginning in September 2025 opens June 3 - August 30, 2024.

In order to be considered for the DDS ITD Program, applicants must:

  • Meet all program Application Requirements;
  • Submit an online Application Form; and
  • Mail all supporting documentation for review to:
Western University
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
1151 Richmond Street
Dental Sciences Building, Room DSB1000
London, ON N6A 5C1
Attention: ITD Program Coordinator


Please Note: All supporting documentation must be received by the ITD Program Office by the application deadline date. You are strongly encouraged to send in your documentation well in advance of the deadline date so we can notify you if any documents are missing or invalid.

2. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Course

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Course is a requirement for all applicants who wish to take the PLA Exam, which is part of the admissions process. The PLA Course is valid for two (2) consecutive PLA Exams immediately following the course.

For example, applicants who successfully complete the 2023 Fall PLA Course can register to take the 2024 PLA Exam and could also apply to take the 2025 PLA Examif still eligible. If re-applying, a new application, fee, and all valid up-to-date supporting documents must be submitted again by the application deadline date.

All eligible applicants meeting the ITD Program application requirements, will receive an email with information on how to register for the PLA Course, which begins in October. Please allow 7-10 business days from receipt for us verify and review your application package. If any documentation is missing or invalid, applicants will be notified.

Enrollment for the PLA Course is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information about the PLA Course can be found on our Schulich Dentistry Continuing Dental Education (CDE) website as it becomes available:

3. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Exam & Interview

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Exam is a one-day simulated clinical assessment consisting of an evaluation of the applicant’s psychomotor performance and knowledge in dental subjects at a pre-clinical level. All of the psychomotor skill testing is done on Kilgore mannequins in the Schulich Dentistry Simulation Clinic.

The PLA Exam is held in mid-March and is a requirement for all candidates seeking admission into the program for that year. A maximum of 40 of the top-ranked exam participants will be invited for an interview in late March. Participation in the interview does not guarantee admission.

More information about the PLA Exam can be found HERE. Results of the PLA Exam remain confidential and will not be released.

4. Selection for ITD Program & Additional Requirements

The ITD Program Committee bases the final selection of candidates on a combination of the PLA Exam results, English proficiency scores, and the interview.

Offers of admission are sent out in April for the program beginning in September. Students are integrated into the second year of the DDS undergraduate program.

The decision of the ITD Program Committee at Schulich Dentistry concerning admission to the DDS ITD Program is final. No appeal process is available. Results remain confidential and no feedback can be given.

Statement of Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements

Students accepted into the Program will be required to provide documentation of immunization and tuberculin status. Please see the ITD Program Post Admission webpage under 'Required Documents & Additional Information', for an example of past documentation required for entry into the DDS ITD Program. Updated requirements regarding health policies and immunization requirements will be sent to newly accepted students.

Police Record Check & Vulnerable Sector Screening

Students must also provide, as a condition of their admission into the Program, a current Police Record Check & Vulnerable Sector Screening.