DDS Advanced Placement

Applications to the 3-year program beginning Fall 2022, with Advanced Placement Students entering year 2 of the dental program, will be accepted from July 1, 2021 and to November 1, 2021.  The online application will close at 10pm MST on November 1, 2021.  Late applications cannot be accepted.  All required documents must be uploaded by this time.

For graduates of non-accredited dental programs, i.e. educational programs that have not been recognized by the Commission of Dental Accreditation for Canada (CDAC) or the Commission of Dental Accreditation for the United States (CODA). Successful applicants will be integrated into the second year of the regular DDS undergraduate program.

Please note, the application fee is $300. $125 to be submitted to the Registrar's Office when you submit your online application, and $175 to be submitted to the School of Dentistry for application processing.

Program Overview

Students applying to the program need to be aware that they will be expected to meet the Technical Standards Policy.

Successful applicants will be integrated into the second year of the regular DDS undergraduate program. The DDS program is comprised of lectures, laboratories, seminars and clinical practice. Topics include:

  • Dental Implants
  • Diagnostics
  • Endodontics
  • Ethics in Dentistry
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Operative
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Geriatrics
  • Oral Biology
  • Practice Management
  • Sedation and Pain Control

In addition to clinical practice at the University of Alberta Dental Clinic, students participate in clinics at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, the University of Alberta Hospital, and in a satellite dental clinic rotation in Northern Alberta.

Academic Requirements

Graduates of non-accredited dental programs are required to follow an equivalency process to obtain certification as a general dentist in Canada. Please review the The National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) of Canada website for information regarding the NDEB Equivalency Process.

In order to be eligible to apply to the DDS Advanced Placement Program, applicants must:

  • be graduates of a minimum four-year university dental program, not recognized by the CDAC.
  • have successfully completed the AFK Examination sponsored by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) prior to the application deadline (November 1).
Application Process
  1. Complete the online application and pay $125 to submit the application.
  2. Pay the application processing fee of $175 to the School of Dentistry online.
  3. Upload all required documents to your online application by November 1.
Applications are accepted from July 1 through to November 1 the year preceding admissions being sought.

In the Undergraduate Admissions page, select either option under "Canadian Students". Under "program selection", choose Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry DDS Advanced Placement Program.

Upload the following documents:

  1. Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status (copy).
  2. Copies of transcripts of all post-secondary academic work and a copy of your dental school marks accompanied by an English translation, if applicable.
  3. If applicable, copies of transcripts of all completed education in English in Canada, or the equivalent in another country where English is the principal language of instruction. Such education must include the Alberta grade 12, or equivalent level, and can be in a combination of secondary and post-secondary training.
  4. If applicable, copy of your dental school degree/diploma accompanied by an English translation.
  5. If applicable, a copy of your rotating internship or equivalent experience treating patients.
  6. If applicable, proof of name change.
  7. Enter Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge Examination results for each exam taken.
  8. Proof of English Language Proficiency and Spoken English Proficiency. Results must be available by the November 1 deadline.

Please Note

  • Do not include resumes, CVs, essays, certificates or reference letters with your application. They will not be considered by the admissions committee.
  • The discovery that any information or documentation uploaded in support of an application is false or misleading; or that any material information has been concealed or withheld, will invalidate the application and will result in its immediate rejection; or in the immediate revocation and cancellation of admission and/or registration, if the applicant has been admitted. Please review the University's Code of Applicant Behaviour for more information on this policy.
  • Applicants who have been required to withdraw by a dental school for academic or other reasons will be ineligible for admission to the DDS Advanced Placement Program.
  • Requests for transfer from other DDS Advanced Placement/Qualifying programs will not be accepted.
Additional Requirements

Citizenship and Residence

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada on or before the deadline date for application. Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status valid as of November 1 the year application is made must be uploaded with your application.

Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) Examination

Prior to the application deadline, applicants must have successfully completed the AFK Examination, sponsored by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) prior to the application deadline.

A copy of your AFK results must be uploaded with your application.

For information concerning the NDEB equivalency process and registration procedures, please contact The National Dental Examining Board of Canada.

Note: Applicants are not required to take the Dental Aptitude test administered by the Canadian Dental Association.

Required Documents Information

Documents received after the deadline will not be considered for admission.

Please submit all transcripts and required documents to:

Office of the Registrar and Student Awards
University of Alberta
11487 89 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2M7

Via email:
transcripts@ualberta.ca

Transcripts

Transcripts of all academic work completed at a post-secondary institution and a copy of your dental school marks must be uploaded with your application. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation.

Applicants who have completed six years or more of education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the Principal language, must present official or notarized transcripts of such education. Such education must include the Alberta grade 12, or equivalent level, and can be in a combination of secondary and post-secondary training.

Certificate of Rotating Internship

For applicants who have completed a rotating internship a copy of your rotating internship certificate or equivalent experience treating patients.

Dental Diploma

A copy of your dental school degree/diploma must be uploaded with your application. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation.

Letter(s) from Licensing Bodies

Applicants who are, or have been, licensed to practice dentistry in any jurisdiction, must upload letters of good standing (in English) from current and previous licensing bodies.

Name Change

Applicants who are uploading documents in a name other than that shown on the application must upload proof of name change with the application.

A copy of one of the following is acceptable: marriage certificate or Change-of-Name Order issued by an Alberta Court Judge, or by another court of competent jurisdiction.

Language Proficiency Requirements

All scores must be able to be verified by November 1.

English is the primary language of instruction in the DDS Advanced Placement Program. All applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English. The University of Alberta reserves the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of language proficiency to ensure success in academic programs.

English Language Proficiency may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of three years of full-time education in English
    • in Canada including the grade 12 year. This can be a combination of secondary and postsecondary education. (See notes 1, 2, and 3).
    • in another country where English is recognized as an official language of instruction (See notes 1, 2, 3, and 5).
    • at a recognized school/institution which uses English as the primary language of instruction. (See notes 1, 2, 3, and 5).
  2. Successful completion of the equivalent of three years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is other than English, but where the level of English proficiency required for graduation is equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada.
  3. Completion of one of the following:
    • a final blended grade of 75% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 course (Alberta High School ).
    • predicted grade of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate English A1, A2, or a grade of 6 or better on English B.
    • grade of 4 or better on the Advanced Placement English College Board examination.
    • a grade of B or better in an O-level, GCSE, or IGCSE English Language or literature course.
    • a grade of B+ or better (University of Alberta grading scale) in 6 units of course weight of university-level English Language and Literature completed at an English language institution.
  4. Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the primary language. (See note 5).
  5. A score of at least 90 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a score of least 85 on each component (See note 4).
  6. A score of at least 70 on the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Examination (See note 4).
  7. A score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with no band less than 6.0 (See note 4).
  8. A score of at least 86 points on the TOEFL (iBT) (internet-based testing) with a minimum score of 21 points in each of the four testing areas - reading, listening, speaking and writing to meet the English language proficiency requirement. (See note 4).

For the TOEFL/TSE Bulletin of Information and Registration, please contact one of the following:

  • Examinations and Timetabling Office, Office of the Registrar and Student Awards - Phone (780) 492-5221
  • TOEFL/TSE Services - Phone: (609) 771-7100; Email: toefl@ets.org

Notes:

  1. Enrolment in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses or programs will not be included in the calculation of three years of full-time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or postsecondary for-credit program. Where students are registered in both ESL and regular programs, the ESL hours will be deducted from the total educational hours.
  2. Proof of three years of education must be uploaded in the form of transcripts (including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction).
  3. Failing grades/courses will not be counted when calculating full-time attendance. Only courses with passing grades will be considered.
  4. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.

Spoken English Requirement

Besides completion of one of the above overall English language proficiency tests, all applicants to the DDS Advanced Placement Program need a further level of spoken English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. The University of Alberta reserves the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of spoken English language proficiency.

Spoken English proficiency may be shown in any of the following ways:

  1. Six full years of education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the principal language. Such education must include the Alberta Grade 12, or equivalent level, and can be in a combination of secondary and post-secondary training (See notes 1, 2, 3, and 5).
  2. Successful completion of the equivalent of six years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language is other than English, but where the level of English proficiency required for graduation is equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada (See notes 1, 2, 3, and 5).
  3. A score of at least 50 on the TSE - A (Test of Spoken English) is required (See note 4).
  4. A speaking score of at least 26 points on the TOEFL ( iBT) is required (See note 4).
  5. A minimum speaking score of 7.5 on the IELTS test (see note 4).

Notes

  1. Enrolment in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses or programs will not be included in the calculation of 6 years of full-time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or postsecondary for-credit program. Where students are registered in both ESL and regular programs, the ESL hours will be deducted from the total educational hours.
  2. Proof of 6 years of education must be uploaded in the form of transcripts (including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction).
  3. Failing grades/courses will not be counted when calculating full-time attendance. Only courses with passing grades will be considered.
  4. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.

Acceptable proof of English Language Proficiency and Spoken English must be received by the November 1 document deadline.

Selection Process and Acceptance

Pre-Entry Examination

Applicants who are considered to have potential based on their application documents may be selected for the pre-entry examination. Prior to the examination, a $2000 (CDN) non-refundable pre-entry examination fee is required from each applicant.

Selection Process

Enrolment is limited.

The applicant profile is made up of the AFK score, dental school results, successful completion English Language Proficiency and Spoken English requirement and successful completion of the Pre-Entry Exam.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to use its judgment with respect to individual cases. The decision concerning admission is final. No appeal mechanism exists.

Notification of Acceptance

On notice of acceptance, applicants must remit a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to the University to confirm their admission. This amount is credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration.

Complete and fully documented immunization is a program requirement. The Faculty Immunization Clearance Form must be filled out exactly as detailed on the form by an appropriate health care provider with a minimum month and year of all vaccine injections and supporting serology or letters where indicated. It is strongly recommended, where possible, to utilize the University Health Center for your immunization clearance. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 780-492-2612. The vaccination requirements are based on the Alberta Provincial guidelines for HealthCare Students in a Post-Secondary Institution and serology/immunization outside the guidelines is not routinely done or recommended. All immunization records need to be written and legible. Certified translation must be provided for all non-English documentation. Students without acceptable records will be required to complete their primary immunization series which can take many months so early action on this requirement is strongly advised.

A clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required under the Protection For Persons in Care Act. All students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a PIC (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector check. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR) is required for all students registered in the program. The School will only accept Canadian or American Heart and Stroke: Basic Life Support CPR for health care providers. No other courses will be accepted to meet the CPR requirement. Students must provide evidence of valid CPR certification at the beginning of each fall term throughout the course of their program. A CPR BLS Provider certificate is valid for one year from the completion date of the course. Online CPR course certifications will NOT be accepted; students must attend an in-person course. Students who do not have current Basic Life Support Provider CPR certification cannot participate in clinical courses. You may visit the Heart and Stroke website to find courses offered in Basic Life Support CPR for health care providers.

Costs and Fees

The estimated costs for students in the DDS Advanced Placement Program are as follows:

Year

Tuition and Fees

Fees for Equipment & Instrumentation Rental

1
$59,076
$21,041
2
$59,076
$21,041
3
$59,076
$21,041

Note: All costs noted above are estimates only and are subject to change. Students pay the fees in effect at the time of registration. Loupes, textbooks and software are separate from the above fees. Students are responsible for any costs associated with these requirements.

Fall 2022 fees may increase by 16%.

National Dental Examining Board of Canada Examinations

In accordance with the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) regulations, students enrolled in advanced placement programs are eligible to take the NDEB exams within three months of their expected date of graduation. For further information, refer to the NDEB by-laws governing examinations and certification eligibility.

Professional Association

The possession of a dental degree does not automatically confer the right to practice dentistry in any province of Canada. Each province has a licensing authority. A dentist desiring to practice dentistry in Canada should contact the appropriate provincial licensing body.

The Registrar of a Provincial licensing body may refuse to issue a registration certificate to practice dentistry to any applicant possessing a criminal record. If you have concerns in this area, please contact the appropriate licensing authority.