Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the DDS ITD Program, applicants must submit the online Application Form and supporting documentation by the application deadline date.

All supporting documentation should be received by our office well before the application deadline so that if anything is missing or invalid it can be provided by the deadline.

Review and verification of documentation could take 7-10 days once received. When completed, an email will be sent to notify applicants of their application status; whether the documentation is complete, or if anything is still pending.

All eligible applicants will then receive registration information for the mandatory Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Course, which begins in October. Seats are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing the course does not guarantee admission into the ITD Program.

Administrative Fee

A non-refundable administrative fee of $275.00 CAD paid by certified cheque, money order, or bank draft, made payable to Western University Schulich Dentistry.

Dental Degree/Diploma & Transcripts

Original or notarized copies of your degree/diploma and your official transcripts from a minimum four-year university dental program bearing the original seal and signature of the notary or notary public. Degrees/diplomas and transcripts that are not in English must be submitted with an original certified translation bearing the original seal and signature of the translator. A notarized copy of a notarized copy is not accepted.

World Education Services (WES) Credential Evaluation

Original copy or e-report of a World Education Services (WES) credential evaluation of your dental degree/diploma (Course-by-Course evaluation). For electronic delivery of reports: select Western University, as the 'Recipient'; Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry as the 'School/Division'; and Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program 'Department/Office'. If candidates are unable to have credentials validated to the satisfaction of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, then registration for the PLA Course cannot proceed.

Canadian Citizenship

Notarized copy of your proof of permanent resident status or Canadian Citizenship, such as a valid permanent resident card, Canadian passport, or Record of Landing/Confirmation of Permanent Residence that verifies your status. 

NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK)

National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Successful Completion Letter emailed to, or mailed to the ITD Program office, directly from the organization.

AFK examinations written only within the past five (5) years will be accepted.

**Valid test dates for 2023 application are: February 2018 - February 2023. Tests taken prior to February 2018 will not be considered. A 'pass', or minimum score of 75%, is required.

English Proficiency

Original or notarized copy of a TOEFL Official Score Report or IELTS Test Report Form (TRF). Test results are valid for 2 years from the date of the exam.*

All applicants must complete an English language test with the following exception: Applicants who have successfully completed four (4) years of full-time Canadian high school education in English. Notarized transcripts showing the above must be submitted.

  1. TOEFL iBT (includes iBT Home Edition): A minimum total score of 88 is required with a minimum of 20 in each of the following sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. TOEFL DI Code for 'University of Western Ontario - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry' is 8956; or
  2. IELTS (Academic): A minimum Overall Band Score of 6.5 is required with no band lower than 6.0 in each of the four sections.
*Test results received by our office after September 1, 2023 will not be considered. Book your test early to allow for score reporting and retesting if needed. 

Proof of Name Change (if applicable)

When your name on any of your documents is different from the name on your application, an original or notarized legal name change document, such as a marriage certificate or a sworn affidavit administered by a person legally authorized to do so.


A resume summarizing your Dental Education, your Professional Dental Experience, any Continuing Dental Education courses, and other Additional Information, such as awards, publications, affiliations, etc. See sample resume format below.


A recent passport-size colour photo stapled to your resume.