University of Saskatchewan Dentistry

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Contacts

Website: http://www.usask.ca/dentistry/
Phone: 306-966-5117 or toll-free 1-877-DMD-SASK (1-877-363-7275)
Admissions e-mail: dentistry.admissions@usask.ca


Program Information

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • 4 years in length
  • Number of applications in 2012: 403
    • 22 in-province students accepted/year
    • 6 out-of-province students accepted/year

For more information, click here and here

Admission Requirements

Course and Degree Requirements

  • Degree: Minimum 60 credits of university courses completed within 2 semesters of 8 consecutive months, preferably in the natural sciences.
    • Candidates applying as Foreign Trained Dentists must have a degree in Dentistry at an accredited institution other than Canada of the U.S.
  • Required Courses
    • Biology (6 credits)
    • General Chemistry (3 credits)
    • Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
    • Physics with lab (6 credits) (Topics covered must be either mechanics, waves and sound, heat, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Astronomy and high fidelity topics are not acceptable)
    • Social Science/Humanities (6 credits)
    • Biochemistry (Molecular Biology) (3 credits)
    • Biochemistry (Metabolism) (3 credits)
  • Recommended Courses
    • Human Physiology (6 credits)

For more information regarding degree requirements, click here and here

GPA

  • Minimum average of 70% in all required pre-dental courses.
    • If the applicant’s pre-dental course average is less than 70%, then he/she may take upper-level courses that have the applicable pre-dental course as a prerequisite.
  • Minimum average of 75% for the two best 30-credit university years
  • Average accepted grade: 89.77%

For more information, click here, here and here
For grade equivalencies, click here

DAT

  • Minimum scores:
    • Manual Dexterity: 3
  • The University considers all sections of the DAT. However, the only cut-off score that the University has set is obtaining a 3 in the Manual Dexterity component.
  • Overall Mean accepted scores (2012-2013): 19.07
    • Academic Average: 18.80
    • Reading Comprehension: 19.88
    • Perceptual Ability: 19.60
    • Carving: 17.56
  • Application deadline to write the DAT: September 15, 2012 & January 15, 2013
  • The DAT must have been written within 3 years of application deadline.
  • Only the best overall DAT score is selected during the admission process.
  • The American DAT may be used to determine if a candidate is accepted into the program. However, once accepted, the candidate must then do the Canadian DAT during the first term of attendance.
  • The French DAT is not accepted since it has no Reading Comprehension component.

For more information, click here, here and here

Supporting Documents

  • Application form (online)
  • Two official transcripts.
  • One page biography for those applying as foreign trained dentists only.
  • Official DAT report of the candidate’s best overall DAT score
  • Proof of English Proficiency, if applicable. There are various ways to complete this requirement.
    • Those who are invited for an interview must provide 2 official transcripts after the candidate’s second semester grades are available.

For more information regarding transcripts and DAT reports, click here
For more information on English proficiency, click here

Other Requirements

ALL Applicants

  • All applicants who enter the program must prove that he/she received the required immunizations and no criminal record before starting the dental program.

Saskatchewan Residents

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Must have lived in Saskatchewan for a minimum of 4 years immediately before September 1 of the year of admission. Candidates will be considered residents if they have left the province but lived in Saskatchewan beforehand for 15 years.

Canadian and International Applicants

  • Must have completed all the prerequisite courses mentioned above in the section Course and Degree Requirements.
  • Must have proof of English proficiency wherever the university courses were not offered in English.
  • International applicants must have a Study Permit to study in the country.

Aboriginal Applicants

  • Must provide a proof of Aboriginal Ancestry and identify themselves as being aboriginal on their application form.

Foreign-Trained Dentists

  • Requires a degree in Dentistry from an accredited university outside of Canada and the U.S.
  • Proof of degree and official transcripts
  • Must be considered a Saskatchewan Resident as mentioned above in this section.
  • Proof of English proficiency if applicable
  • Canadian DAT is required
  • Interview
  • 3 reference letters
  • One-page C.V.

Special Case Applicants

  • Applies to students who completed one or both of the required 30-credit course-load over 12 months rather than 8. In this case, a letter explaining their situation must be sent to the University.

For more information on immunization requirements, click here
For more information regarding other requirements, click here

Interview

  • Date: April 6, 2013
  • The interview is weighed at 20% of the application process.

For more information, click here and here (under the section “Interview”)

Timeline

  • January 15, 2013: Deadline to submit application
  • February 1, 2013: Deadline to submit documents (and proof of Saskatchewan residency and proof of Aboriginal Ancestry if applicable)
  • April 6, 2013: Interview date

For more information, click here, here, here, and here

Tuition 2013-2014

  • Total Tuition: $156,557.00

For more information on tuition and costs, click here
For information on scholarships and financial aid, click here
For information on governmental aid (Saskatchewan), click here
For employment services, click here
For information on housing and residence, click here