DDS Advanced Placement

The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Advanced Placement program is a Qualifying/Degree completion program for graduates of non-accredited dental programs.

Non-accredited dental educational programs are those that have not been recognized by the Commission of Dental Accreditation for Canada (CDAC).

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 National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) of Canada website for information regarding the NDEB Equivalency Process.

Program Overview

Successful applicants will be integrated into the second year of the regular DDS undergraduate program. The Advanced Placement program is a 3-year program that begins in the Fall term.

For inquiries about the internationally-trained dentist GAP training program, please contact:

Dr. Paul Allison, Executive Director
Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry

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

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.

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Application Process

The admissions cycle is a year-long process. Applications for admission are submitted in the year prior to the Fall term admission is sought.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications Open
July 1
Applications Close
November 1 9:59 PM Mountain Time (MT)


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, and;
  • a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, and;
  • have not been required to withdraw by a dental school for any reason.

Steps for Applying

  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 UAlberta Launchpad by November 1.

Applications will only be processed once all required documents, test results, and application fees have been received.
Applicants can use the Advanced Placement Admission Checklist to ensure all requirements are met.


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.

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Required Documents

All required documents must be received by November 1.
Documents received after November 1 will not be considered for admission.

All documents can be uploaded to your UAlberta Launchpad. Documents that can not be uploaded can be sent to:

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

Via email:

Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation.

Select the + for each item for more information.

Citizenship and Permanent Residency

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada on or before November 1. Proof of valid (non-expired) Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status must be uploaded with your application.

Uploaded documents must include both front and back sides (excluding passports).

The following are acceptable forms of proof:

  • Canadian Passport
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident card
Dental Marks and Post-Secondary Transcripts

Applicants are required to declare in their application all academic education from all past and present universities, colleges and post-secondary institutions attended

Dental transcripts (or mark sheets) must detail all courses taken and grades received, including failed and repeated courses, within each term/year. Summaries are NOT accepted.

Transcripts must be provided for all post-secondary work completed in the past or present.

Dental Degree
A copy of the dental degree is required if the provided transcript does not indicate that the degree was conferred/awarded/granted.
Proof of Rotating/Compulsory Internship
For applicants who have completed a rotating/compulsory internship, a copy of your rotating internship certificate or equivalent experience treating patients is required.
License(s) to Practice Dentistry
Applicants who are, or have been, licensed to practice dentistry in any jurisdiction, must upload proof licensure from current and previous licensing bodies.
Letter(s) from Licensing Bodies
Applicants who are, or have been, licensed to practice dentistry in any jurisdiction, must upload letters/certificates of good standing (in English) from current and previous licensing bodies.

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Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT)

Prior to November 1, applicants must have successfully completed the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT), sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA).

The ADAT is only offered between March 1 to August 31 of each year.

In your application, select to have your scores sent to the University of Alberta directly from the ADA. We will not accept scores sent by other means.

If the test is taken more than once, the best set of scores will be used.

For information on the ADAT or to register for the exam, visit

Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) Examination results will not be accepted.

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English Language Requirements

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.

Acceptable proof of English Language Proficiency and Spoken English Proficiency must be upload to your UAlberta Launchpad by November 1.

Spoken English Proficiency (SEP) Requirement

All applicants to the DDS Advanced Placement Program need to have spoken English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin.

SEP can met through any of the following ways:

Years of Education in English

Six full-time years of education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the principal language. This includes Alberta Grade 12, or equivalent level, and can be in a combination of secondary and post-secondary training (excluding ESL).

Proof of 6 years of education must be uploaded in the form of transcripts (including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction).

For a list of countries and institutions that are recognized as having met the SEP requirement, see Countries and Universities that satisfy English Proficiency.

English Language Test

English Test scores must be valid and verifiable. English Tests must be no older than 2 years on November 1 in the year of the application is submitted.

The following tests are accepted to meet SEP:

Test Type Minimum Scores
Internet-based (iBT), In-person,
at-home edition
Speaking: 26
IELTS Academic*
In-person or Online
Speaking: 7.5
Duolingo English Test Overall score of 140,
with no subscore below 120

 *The IELTS One Skill Retake is NOT accepted.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirement

In addition to the spoken English requirement, applicants must have written English Language Proficiency.

There are multiple ways to meet ELP including:

  • English Test scores
  • Previous education in English
  • Previous English courses

Additional information about all accepted ways to show ELP can be found at

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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 CDN$2000 non-refundable pre-entry examination fee is required from each applicant.

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Admission Selection

Enrollment is limited

See the Admission Statistics side bar for the previous year's number of applicants and competitive averages.

Selection factors will include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Dental Admission Test
  • Dental School marks
  • Pre-Entry Examination results
  • Additional assessments as determined by the Admissions Committee.

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.

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Program Cost

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

Year Tuition & Fees Equipment &
Instrumentation Rental Fees
1 $71,576 $23,145 $94,721
2 $71,576 $23,145 $94,721
3 $66,329 $23,145 $89,474


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.

Learn more about Scholarships and Awards as well as Dentistry Awards and Scholarships.

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Acceptance of Admission

An admission decision is valid only for the Fall term for which the applicant applied. Admission offers can not be deferred.
Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their admission and intention to register by submitting a non-refundable tuition deposit of $1000 within the time specified in the letter of acceptance. The deposit will be credited toward the payment of tuition upon completion of registration.
Complete and fully documented immunization is a program requirement. 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. A 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.
Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector
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 PIC must have been completed within 6 months of the program start date. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
CPR is required for all students registered in the program. The School of Dentistry will only accept Canadian Heart and Stroke or American Heart Association: Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care providers. No other courses will be accepted to meet the CPR requirement. A CPR BLS Provider session will be organized by the School of Dentistry for successful applicants. A CPR BLS Provider certificate is valid for one year from the completion date of the course. Students must have a valid CPR certification throughout the duration of their program.

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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.

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.

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