Admission Requirements

For admission to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program, applicants must meet all of the following Academic and Non-Academic admission requirements:

Undergraduate Degree
Prerequisite Subject Areas
Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)
Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement (ABS)
Interview
Statement of Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements
Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

Please Note:

Admission policies are reviewed annually and admission requirements from previous years may not apply. We encourage applicants to visit our website regularly, as the University reserves the right to review and change admissions policies and requirements at any time, without notice.

As facilities for pre-clinical instruction are limited, it is necessary to restrict enrolment to applicants who are best qualified to meet the mental and physical demands of the curriculum and most likely to successfully complete the full course of study. Presentation of the minimum admission requirements will not assure acceptance.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all documentation is submitted to the appropriate office by deadlines indicated. Falsification or misrepresentation of information from any portion of the application process, including interviews, will result in removal of the application from consideration.

Internationally-Trained Dentists (ITD) are NOT eligible to apply or enter into the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program. Please visit the ITD Program webpage for admission information.


ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate Degree

Applicants must be in the final year of, or have successfully completed, a four-year undergraduate degree program from a recognized university.

Competitive GPA

Candidates must have achieved at least 80% or higher in each of the two best undergraduate years. Courses taken during the application cycle are NOT eligible for GPA consideration. Each of the two best years used for GPA consideration must meet the following conditions:

  • Five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April.
  • At least three full-course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year level of study. Course level restrictions apply only to the two years used for GPA consideration.
  • Not more than one full or two half pass/fail or credit/no credit courses.

Academic transcripts must clearly show that applicants have met both the course load and course level requirements.  If more than a full course load is taken between September and April, all grades will be included in the GPA.

Course Level Requirements

In each of the two years used for GPA consideration, applicants must meet the following minimum course level requirements:

  • Year 1: three of five full course equivalents at or above the 100-level.
  • Year 2: three of five full course equivalents at or above the 200-level.
  • Year 3, 4 or 5: three of five full course equivalents at or above the 300-level.

Course level requirements apply only to the two years considered for GPA. In addition, only one full or equivalent pass/fail course (6 credit hours) will be permissible in each of the two undergraduate years considered for GPA. The course must be passed in order to count toward the course load. Discovery Credits (Western students) will be considered within, not in addition to, this one full course pass/fail allowance.

Spring/Summer Courses

Courses taken during Spring/Summer sessions will not be counted as part of the full course load. Therefore, courses taken outside of the regular academic year (September to April) are not included in the calculation of an academic average used for admission.

Prerequisite courses that are successfully completed during Spring/Summer sessions will be recognized as having fulfilled the course requirement. Refer to Prerequisite Subject Areas for detailed information.

Exchange Courses

For applicants who have attended other universities on an exchange, the competitive GPA calculation may be based on the marks achieved at the exchange institution. Official transcripts from the exchange institution must be provided at the time of application.

Grade Conversion

Schulich Dentistry utilizes the OMSAS (Ontario Medical School Application Service) scale to convert grades achieved at other Canadian universities to Western University standards. The most current version of the scale can be found at the OMSAS website.

Degree Considerations

Part-time Undergraduate Degree

It is acceptable to attend university on a part-time basis and still be considered for admission to Schulich Dentistry. However, given the rigorous nature of dental education, we require that two years be spent in full-time study (September to April) in which the minimum of five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) have been taken concurrently. In each of these two years, an 80% academic average must be achieved with at least three full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year of study.

Students who choose to continue studying part-time after obtaining an undergraduate degree will not be penalized in the admissions process.

Co-Op Degree

For applicants enrolled in a Co-op Degree Program, GPA will be calculated using the the two best academic years consisting of the two terms that combine to complete one mandatory program year, e.g. Terms 3A and 3B. Terms belonging to different academic years, e.g. Terms 3B and 4A, cannot be combined for GPA consideration.

Additional Undergraduate Years, before graduating

If an applicant takes more than four years to complete a four-year undergraduate degree, any additional year may be eligible for competitive GPA consideration if that year meets all of the following conditions:

  • Five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April.
  • At least three full-course equivalents whose published level is at or above 3rd Year.
  • Not more than one full-year or two half-year pass/fail or credit/no credit courses.

Special Years, after graduating

Applicants who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university may continue in full-time undergraduate studies - a Special Year - to improve their academic standing for application to Schulich Dentistry. Prior to the Special Year, the applicant must have at least one academic year (September to April) which meets minimum GPA, course load and course level requirements. To be considered for the academic average, the Special Year must meet the following conditions:

  • Five full-course equivalents taken between September and April.
  • At least four of the five full-course equivalents at 2nd Year level or above.
  • A minimum 80% average, according to the OMSAS conversion scale. The Admissions Committee will allow two Special Years on a candidate's transcript if the applicant did not achieve 80% in the first Special Year attempt.

Schulich will not consider the average of a Special Year taken during the year of application.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Applicants who are currently enrolled in the final year of, or who have recently completed, a second undergraduate degree are eligible to apply if the following requirements are met:

  • The second (or most recent) undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a four-year degree.
  • GPA consideration will be based only on the two best years in the second (or most recent) undergraduate degree. Each of the two best years used for GPA consideration must have: 
    • Five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April.
    • At least three full-course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year level of study. (Course level restrictions apply only to the two years used for GPA consideration.)
    • Not more than one full-year or two half-year pass/fail or credit/no credit courses.

Academic transcripts must clearly show that applicants have met both the course load and course level requirements. Grades earned during the previous degree(s) will not be considered. Courses taken during the application cycle are not considered towards GPA.

International Undergraduate Degree

Applicants who have completed their undergraduate university education outside of Canada and the United States may apply to the Schulich DDS Program. Transcripts from universities outside of Canada or the United States must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) to be assessed on a course-by-course basis.

Non Standard Records: In cases where the course load and academic grades awarded are significantly different from North American standards, assessment of transcripts will be made by Western University Registrar based on known International Guidelines.

Graduate Degree Programs

Schulich Dentistry does not consider graduate degrees for GPA; only undergraduate years are used. However, applicants who have a conferred graduate degree by the application deadline are awarded bonus points.

Applicants enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application must complete the degree. Withdrawal from a graduate program in order to enroll in Schulich Dentistry will not be acceptable. No deadline extensions or deferral of admission will be granted.

Candidates invited to interview while enrolled in a graduate program should be aware of the following:

Thesis-based Graduate Program
Applicants in the final year of their program who receive and accept an offer of admission must request a Confirmation of Thesis-based Graduate Degree Requirements Form from admissions.dentistry@schulich.uwo.ca, which must be completed and returned to the Admissions Office by June 30 indicating that all program requirements, including successful defense and final assessment of thesis, have been met.

Course-based Graduate Program
Applicants in the final year of their program who receive and accept an offer of admission must request a Confirmation of Course-based Graduate Degree Requirements Form from admissions.dentistry@schulich.uwo.ca, which must be completed and returned to the Admissions Office by June 30 indicating that all program requirements will be completed by August 15.

Official Transcripts
An official transcript indicating conferral of the thesis- or course-based graduate degree must be sent by November 30 to:

Western University, Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions
Attn: Professional Admissions – Dentistry
Western Student Services Building, room 3140
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7
t: 519-661-2100

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Prerequisite Subject Areas

No specific pre-dental education is required. It is advantageous, but not required, to have completed full-year laboratory courses in biology, chemistry and physics. Applicants are advised to seek a broad background of education in keeping with their own interests. In past, students who have studied psychology, economics, engineering, nursing, physiotherapy, etc. have entered the program.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete approved prerequisite courses in each of the following areas within 10 years of the application deadline. Prerequisite courses can be taken at any time but must be completed by April 30 of the year of entry. Prerequisite courses do not have to be part of the course load of an academic year whose average is used in the application process.

Applicants may be asked to submit official detailed course syllabi to determine whether courses meet the prerequisite requirements.

Organic Chemistry
A half year course with an in-class lab component. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of 74.5% or B. If both a numeric grade and alpha grade appear on the transcript, the numeric grade will be used.

Biochemistry
A half year approved course. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of 74.5% or B. If both a numeric grade and alpha grade appear on the transcript, the numeric grade will be used. If more than one course must be completed to cover the Biochemistry content required, then an average grade of 74.5% must be achieved among those courses.

Human or Mammalian Physiology
A full year approved course. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of 74.5% or B. If both a numeric grade and alpha grade appear on the transcript, the numeric grade will be used. If more than one course must be completed to cover the Physiology content required, then an average grade of 74.5% must be achieved among those courses.

Western University

A number of courses which meet the Organic Chemistry, Biochemisty and Physiology prerequisite course requirements are offered by Western University. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of 74.5% or B. If both a numeric grade and alpha grade appear on the transcript, the numeric grade will be used.

Physiology Challenge Exam

Candidates invited to interview who have not completed, or are not actively enrolled in, an approved physiology course will be required to take the Physiology Challenge Exam during interview weekend. Candidates must obtain a minimum of 74.5% on this exam to continue to be eligible for admission consideration. A physiology prerequisite course taken after the challenge exam will not be considered.

  • Physiology 2130: course outline on which the Physiology Challenge Exam is based

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Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)

Resident Canadian applicants must take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) within two years prior to the December 1st application deadline.

Non-resident Canadian applicants and international applicants may submit the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by the American Dental Association (ADA), only if they have not been in Canada to write the CDA DAT in the two years prior to the application deadline. Results of the ADA DAT will be treated as equivalent to the results of the CDA DAT. For information and application forms, visit the American Dental Association website.

Eligible DAT Dates

  • February or November of the year of application
  • February or November of the year prior to application

Eligible DAT Scores

  • Must be sent by the CDA/ADA to Schulich Dentistry to be considered valid
  • Only the most recent DAT, written within the eligible time period, will be used
  • Only DAT incorporating the Reading Comprehension section fulfills Schulich Dentistry admission requirements
  • All sections of the DAT may be considered in the selection process, with the exception of the Manual Dexterity section

Specific information and registration materials concerning the Canadian DAT are available online at the Canadian Dental Association website.

It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm receipt of the results with the Dentistry Admissions Coordinator. DAT transcripts are kept on file for the duration of their eligibility (2 years).  

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NON-ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement

The Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement (ABS) provides a standardized means of reviewing non-academic applicant data. These components of the online application process must be completed in full for the application to Schulich Dentistry to be considered.

Autobiographical Sketch
Opportunity for applicants to outline additional scholastic and non-scholastic achievements that may not be evident in the application and academic transcripts.

Personal Statement
Allows applicants to expand on information in the sketch, to highlight achievements and goals, or the accomplishment of success after overcoming a significant disadvantage.

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Interview

Selected applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview in order to be considered for admission. For more details, please visit the Interviews webpage.

Invitation to interview is highly competitive.  Interviews are based on a holistic assessment of the applicant’s academic and non-academic achievements.

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Statement of Potential Health Risks and Immunization Requirements

Schulich Dentistry students will be required to care for persons with infectious diseases (including Hepatitis B and HIV) should they be assigned to them. Students accepted into the dentistry program will be sent complete documentation regarding health policies and immunization requirements. Documentation of immunization and tuberculin status will be required.

Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

Schulich Dentistry students will interact with vulnerable populations through the course of their academic programs. In recognition of the requirements of clinical agencies to ensure that dental students do not place vulnerable populations at risk, Schulich Dentistry requires that all students provide, as a condition of their admission into the DDS and ITD Programs, a current Police Records Check including a Vulnerable Sector (Position) Screening.

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