School of Dentistry

DDS Advanced Placement

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 third year of the regular DDS undergraduate program.

Fall 2018 Admission - Application Deadline
Applications to be accepted from January 1 to April 1, 2019 for Fall 2020

Please note, the application fee is $300.

  • DDS Advanced Placement 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 third year of the regular DDS undergraduate program.
    The third and fourth years of the DDS program are 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 the AFK Examination sponsored by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) prior to the application deadline (April 1). 
  • Application Process
    Application are accepted from January 1 to April 1. The document deadline: April 1 (see all Admissions Deadlines)

    Applicants who submit documentation after the April 1 deadline will not be considered for admission.

    Complete the application form (PDF) and submit it, along with the following documentation:
    1. Non-refundable application fee of $300 CDN (bank draft, certified cheque or money-order payable to the Department of Dentistry, University of Alberta ). All payments must be in Canadian funds.
    2. Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status (notarized photocopy).
    3. Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work and a notarized copy of your dental school marks accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
    4. If applicable, official or notarized 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.
    5. Notarized copy of your dental school degree/diploma accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
    6. If applicable, a notarized copy of your rotating internship or equivalent experience treating patients.
    7. Notarized proof of name change, if applicable.
    8. Copy of Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge Examination results.
    9. Applicants must arrange proof of English Language Proficiency and Spoken English Proficiency. Results must be sent by the testing agency directly to the Admissions Office, DDS Advanced Placement Program, Department of Dentistry, by the April 1 deadline.

    Please Note

    • Applications should be typed or printed clearly in ink. If your application is not completed legibly, has missing information, or does not include the full application service fee, it will be returned to you for completion. The April 1 application deadline will still apply. Your application must be signed and dated.
    • Do not send 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 submitted 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 Behavior 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.
    Forward completed application form, non-refundable application service fee, and all documentation to the Dentistry Admissions office.
  • Additional Requirements

    Citizenship and Residence

    Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada on or before the deadline date for application. A notarized copy of proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status valid as of April 1 the year application is made must be submitted 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 AFK examination results must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the April 1 application and document deadline.

    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 will not be returned to applicants.
    • Notarized copies of some documents (i.e. transcripts or diplomas) are acceptable. Documents must be notarized in Canada.
    • Photocopies of standardized test results may be submitted for verification to the School of Dentistry (i.e. IELTS or TOEFL results). To be valid and verifiable test scores must be less than two years old.
    Documents received after the April 1 document deadline will not be considered. Applicants who submit documentation after April 1 will not be considered for admission.

    Transcripts

    Official transcripts of all academic work completed at a post-secondary institution and a notarized copy of your dental school marks must be submitted with your application. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized 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 notarized copy of your rotating internship certificate or equivalent experience treating patients.

    Dental Diploma

    A notarized copy of your dental school degree diploma must be submitted with your application. If applicable, a notarized copy of your rotating internship or equivalent experience treating patients. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

    Letter(s) from Licensing Bodies

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

    Name Change

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

    A notarized 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

    Note, the School of Dentistry is able to receive electronic scores for the TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants must submit a copy of their score for it to be verified.  All scores must be able to be verified by April 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 submitted in the form of Official transcripts (including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction).
        3. Failing grade/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 postsecondary 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).
    6. A score of at least 50 on the SPEAK Test is required (See note 4). Please note SPEAK Test scores are valid for 2 years.

      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 submitted in the form of Official transcripts (including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction).
      3. Failing grade/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.

      For speak test information and registration, email elpinfo@ualberta.ca or visit the English Language program website.

      Acceptable proof of English Language Proficiency and Spoken English must be received by the April 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, held in mid August. Prior to the examination, a $2000 (CDN) non-refundable pre-entry examination fee is required from each applicant. On completion of the pre-entry examination, applicants may qualify to proceed to the pre-clinical assessment course (May to July inclusive).

    Pre-Clinical Assessment

    The pre-clinical assessment course (DDS 829) is held May to July inclusive. Prior to the pre-clinical assessment course, a non-refundable deposit of approximately $5,500 (CDN) is required. This deposit will be applied to fees owed.

    The estimated tuition amount for DDS 829 is $5,800.00.

    There is an approximate fee of $4,730 for Equipment and Instrumentation Rental. 

    There is an approximate fee of $2,000 for VitalSource.

    Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared. Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (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.

    Police Information Checks are due at the beginning of the Pre-Clinical Assessment. Applicants should plan to have their PIC complete prior to May. Failure to submit a clear and complete PIC by the required date will result in the offer of admission to the Pre-Clinical Assessment being revoked.

    Pre-clinical assessment applicants are required to have their immunization records reviewed and updated by a health care professional. We recommend this be done at the University Health Centre (UHC) on campus. 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. Translation should be provided if there is not a legend attached. Students without records will be required to complete their primary series.

    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 and Pre-Clinical Assessment course.

    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 (which occurs in August), 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.
  • Costs and Fees

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

    Year

    Tuition and Fees

    Fees for Equipment & Instrumentation Rental

    1

    $51,615.32

    $26,100.00

    2

    $51,615.32

    $19,200.00

    Note: All costs noted above are estimates only and are subject to change. Students pay the fees in effect at the time of registration.

     

    All payments must be in Canadian funds. Funds from outside of Canada must be sent in the form of a bank draft drawn on a Canadian account, personal cheques are not accepted.
  • 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.