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Dentistry Graduate Admission Requirements in Canada

Prequisites and other requirements to become accepted to a Canadian university graduate and/or postgraduate degree program in Dentistry.

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Prerequisites for Graduate Studies in Dentistry

In Canada, 9 schools offer training in dentistry (7 English schools and 2 French schools). Many other schools offer pre-dentistry programs for eventual transfer or direct entry to dental school.

Generally, students must have completed 1-3 years of an undergraduate program (or have actually completed it) in order to gain admission to a clinical DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) program in dentistry. The higher the academic average the better: most schools require at least a B average and prefer at least A-. Students must have completed courses in biology, organic chemistry, and physics. Courses in physiology, biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology are recommended. Some schools require the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) to be written. Due to limited space available each year, 3 letters of reference and an interview are usually required.

Some schools offer a research-based undergraduate degree: the Bachelor of Science in Dentistry, which allows for further research while pursuing dentistry. The admission requirements are the same as for the clinical degree.

To be admitted to a Master's degree in dentistry, students must have a DDS or DMD degree, or an undergraduate degree in a field such as anatomy, physiology, or biochemistry, with at least a B+ average. To be admitted to a PhD program in dentistry, students must have a Master's degree in dentistry with at least a B+ average. In some instances an exception may be made and students allowed to segue into the PhD program directly from their DDS or DMD. In all cases, the graduate supervisor must be chosen prior to final admission.

Residency or internship training, to allow students to focus on a particular specialty, is available at several dental schools. Students must have a DDS or DMD degree with at least a B average, or a graduate degree in dentistry, in order to participate.

In all dental programs, students must have current immunizations, First Aid, and CPR certification. A criminal record check may be required.

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