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University of Western Ontario

Admission Process
1. Application
Application to the ITD Program will open March 2 - April 30, 2020 for the program that would begin in September
2021.

2. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)


The second part of the admission process involves the completion of a two-day Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) held in
mid-August.

A maximum of 100 of the top applicants, as selected by the ITD Selection Committee, are invited to attend the PLA.
Invitations are emailed out in late-May. Selection of candidates is based primarily on a combination of the English
language test scores, and the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) exam results.

**NEW** For 2020 ITD Program applications, it is mandatory that applicants take the Schulich Dentistry Continuing
Dental Education (CDE) Canadian Dental Clinical Skills - Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Preparatory Course.
Applicants must successfully complete the 12-week course and meet all the ITD Program admission requirements by the
application deadline date in order to be considered for the August PLA.     

Participating in the August PLA does not guarantee admission to the ITD Program.

The purpose of the PLA is to ensure that applicants are at the same knowledge level and skill as the DDS students entering
their second year of the DDS Program. The Assessment consists 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 our advanced Simulation Clinic. Based on the PLA results, a maximum of 40 candidates will be
invited to attend a personal interview scheduled the week following the PLA. Read more information about the PLA.
Results of the PLA are not released.

The decision of the ITD Selection Committee is final and no appeal process is available.

Selection for ITD Program


The final step of the admission process involves the selection of 20 candidates for the ITD Program.

The ITD Selection Committee bases the final selection of candidates mainly on a combination of Prior Learning
Assessment, the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge exam results, and English language ability as determined by the
interview. Offers of admission are sent out in early October. 

Upon acceptance to the Schulich Dentistry Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program, a credential evaluation of your
degree/diploma (a Course-by-Course evaluation) must be obtained through World Education Services (WES).
The WES evaluation must be completed prior to starting the program. Please begin this process as soon as possible to
avoid any delays. See the World Education Services (WES) website or call: 1.416.972.0070 (CAN only) for application
procedures. If candidates are unable to have credentials validated to the satisfaction of the Schulich School of Medicine &
Dentistry, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.
The decision of the Internationally Trained Dentists Selection Committee at Schulich Dentistry concerning admission to
the Internationally Trained Dentists Program is final. No appeal process is available.