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Dentistry

Non Direct Program
This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.

Dentistry is a rapidly changing, expanding profession. The scope of a dentist’s work is much broader today than ever before, and continues to grow. Dentists perform a wide variety of procedures and functions, such as prevention/public education, detection and management of oral conditions, esthetic improvement, restoration, correction, reconstruction, and surgery. Today’s dentists do more than drill and fill their patients’ teeth!

Be sure to read the complete admissions guide before you begin your application.


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Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D)

Preparing for Dentistry

Although we have staff available to assist applicants who seek counsel regarding admission to the College of Dentistry it is the College’s policy not to instruct applicants as to a specific course of action they should follow, but rather provide the information needed for applicants to make their own choice with respect to the alternatives available.

Potential applicants should note:

  • Admission is determined by the Admissions Committee on the basis of an annual competition.
  • There is no provision for considering or accepting advance standing or transfer applicants.
  • Applications from international students are no longer accepted.
  • The College of Dentistry does NOT offer a qualifying program. 
  • Take Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math.
  • Read through the Eligibility Requirements below to see what is needed to be considered for admission.

Eligibility Requirements

A. Academic Requirements

The College of Dentistry is considering requiring applicants to have completed a four-year undergraduate degree as a requirement for admission. Information on this requirement will be posted as it becomes available.

  1. Completion of THREE (3) 30 credit-unit academic years of university level course work towards the requirements of an undergraduate degree. An academic year is defined as TWO standard academic terms consisting of eight (8) consecutive months (September – April).

  2. A cumulative weighted average of 75% over the TWO best academic years of study.

  3. Completion of 36 credit units of required pre-dentistry courses (or equivalents) with a minimum overall average of 70%

Required pre-dentristry courses

U of SU of R
Biology BIOL 120.3 and BIOL 121.3 or BIOL 224.3 or BMSC 224.3 BIOL 100 and BIOL 101
Chemistry CHEM 112.3 and CHEM 250.3 CHEM 104 and CHEM 140
Physics PHYS 115.3 and 117.3 or 125.3 PHYS 109 and PHYS 119 or PHYS 111 and PHYS 112
Biochemistry BMSC 200.3 and BMSC 230.3 BIOC 220 and BIOC 221
Physiology PHSI 208.6 or PHPY 302.3 and PHPY 303.3 KIN 267 and KIN 268 or BIOL 110 and BIOL 111
Social Sciences / Humanities Six credit units of social science and/or humanities courses

Scheduling pre-dentistry courses - Applicants may schedule their pre-dentistry courses as they wish (i.e. in the summer) provided a 30-credit unit course load is maintained per academic year. All pre-dentistry course work must be completed by April of the year in which admission is being sought.

If the pre-dentistry overall average is below 70%, students may improve their average by taking approved higher-level courses, which must be completed no later than the end of the previous academic year prior to application. Approved courses are higher-level courses that have the applicable pre-dentistry courses as a prerequisite.

Applicants whose pre-dental education was completed outside of Saskatchewan are eligible for consideration provided they have completed the equivalent of the listed required pre-dentistry courses. View a list of course equivalents. A course syllabus which includes course description, list of course topics, list of assessments, and required texts/readings may be required to determine equivalency.

B. Dental Aptitude Test

All applicants are required to take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by the Canadian Dental Association.  The Canadian DAT is offered twice per year (February and November).  Results are valid for a period of three (3) years up to November of the year of application.  Valid DAT scores for admission for 2018-2019 include the period of February 2015 to November 2017.  If an applicant has taken the DAT more than once, the single best overall score will be used. 

Applicants must achieve the following in their best DAT score:

  • A minimum Academic Average score of 15 and
  • A minimum Perceptual Ability score of 14 and
  • A minimum Reading Comprehension score of 14

Over the past three years, the minimum accepted DAT averages for applicants considered for an interview were as follows: • Saskatchewan residents: 17.67 (2016), 17.00 (2015), 17.00 (2014) • Out of Province applicants: 19.67 (2016), 20.00 (2015), 19.00 (2014)

C. Interview

All eligible applicants seeking admission are required to interview as part of the selection process. Interviews are granted based on the academic average of the applicant’s TWO best years and the best overall DAT score. Courses taken during the application year will NOT be included in academic average calculation.

The interview is conducted using the multiple mini interview (MMI) format. The MMI exposes applicants to a series of stations each 10 minutes in length. Applicants are provided with a question at each station and given two minutes to read the question and prepare an answer. After two minutes, the applicant discusses their response with the interviewer for eight minutes before moving on to the next station.

D. English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must present evidence of proficiency in English.

E. Criminal Record Check

Self-declaration of an adult criminal record is required of all applicants on the application form.  Applicants accepted into the program are required to complete and submit a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening after the date of offer and no later than August 1.  There are currently some Canadian provinces that will not license a dentist to practice if they have a criminal record. Applicants are encouraged to contact the respective provincial dental association for further information.

F. Immunization Requirements

Successful applicants must comply with the University of Saskatchewan’s policy on immunization, which states that all students attending a Health Science College must provide documented proof of immunization.  Immunization records for accepted applicants must be received by the date stated in the letter of offer.

Categories of Applicants

The College of Dentistry admits 28 students to the program each year. A minimum of 22 places are reserved for residents of Saskatchewan and up to 6 places for all other applicants regardless of residency. Applicants must designate their category on the online application form. All applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of application.

A. Saskatchewan Residents

To be eligible as a Saskatchewan resident, applicants must have resided in Saskatchewan for at least FOUR years immediately prior to September 1 of the year admission is being sought. For 2018-2019, applicants must have resided in Saskatchewan since September 1, 2014.  Applicants who have left the province, but previously lived in Saskatchewan for an accumulated period of 15 years (permanent residency), will be considered residents. Applicants who have previously lived in Saskatchewan for an accumulated period of less than 15 years and who do not qualify under the four-year requirement will receive credit of one year toward the four-year requirement for every four years of residency in the province. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the four-year Saskatchewan residency rule.

In order to support a claim as a resident of Saskatchewan, the following proof and circumstances will be taken into account:

  • Date of issue of your Saskatchewan Health Card1 AND either the date of issue of your Saskatchewan Drivers’ License2 OR Saskatchewan Income Tax Forms confirming taxes paid in Saskatchewan.
  • Applicants who have completed four years of full-time study at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution immediately prior to the year admission is being sought are considered Saskatchewan residents. Official transcripts must be submitted by the document deadline to support this claim.
  • Reasons for any break in continuity of residence, which includes attendance at an out-of-province educational institution, summer employment where applicable and any other reason deemed to be relevant
  • Saskatchewan high school transcript (if you are NOT currently registered at the University of Saskatchewan or
  • Resident of the Yukon, Northwest or Nunavut Territories.

1. If the date of issue of your Saskatchewan Health Card is newer than the original date of issue, a letter from Saskatchewan Health confirming the date of issue is required.
2. If the date of issue of your Saskatchewan Drivers License is newer than the original date of issue, a Drivers Abstract is required.

B. Canadian Applicants

Applicants are required to complete courses equivalent to those listed for required pre-dentistry courses listed above. Equivalent course work will be evaluated based upon submission of official transcripts.

C. Aboriginal Equity Access Program

There is a separate category in which THREE (3) first year spaces are reserved for persons of Canadian Aboriginal Ancestry. Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements:

  1. Completion of THREE (3) 30 credit-unit academic years of university level course work towards the requirements of an undergraduate degree. An academic year is defined as TWO standard academic terms consisting of eight (8) consecutive months (September – April).
  2. A cumulative weighted average of 75% over the TWO best academic years of study.
  3. Completion of 36 credit units of required pre-dentistry courses (or equivalents) with a minimum overall average of 70%.

Applicants must achieve an acceptable interview score and complete the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT). Applicants wishing to apply in this category must identify themselves on the online application form. Applicants must provide proof of Aboriginal Ancestry by the document deadline. Acceptable proofs of ancestry include a certified copy of:

  • Indian Status or Treaty Card
  • Métis Membership Card
  • Nunavut Trust Service Card
  • Inuit roll number

The following are unacceptable proofs of ancestry:

  • uncertified copies of the above noted cards
  • family trees
  • letters or notes from relatives
  • photographs of grandparents, parents, relatives, etc.

D. Foreign Trained Dentists

There is a separate category in which ONE (1) first year space is reserved for a foreign trained dentist. Applicants in this category will compete in a separate pool and must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must have earned a dental degree from a recognized dental school outside of Canada or the USA.
  2. Proof of degree and official transcripts must be provided.
  3. Applicants must meet the Saskatchewan residency rules as outlined above.
  4. If applicable, applicants must present satisfactory evidence of proficiency in English as stated above.
  5. Applicants must take the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by Canadian Dental Association and meet the minimum DAT requirements for all applicants as outlined above.
  6. Applicants must interview at the University of Saskatchewan for the year in which admission is being sought. Please note: Candidates may be disqualified from the admission competition for the year under consideration if their interview score is significantly below the mean of the current pool of candidates.
  7. Applicants must provide a one-page biography (curriculum vita) on the relevant dental experiences and other information that would be helpful to the Admissions Committee during the selection process.

Applicants will be evaluated on all of the above criteria. Admission under the foreign trained dentist category is NOT guaranteed.

E. Special Case Category

The College of Dentistry may consider students with special circumstances with regard to any of the three 30-credit unit years of study, such that one or all years may have been completed over twelve (12) consecutive months as part of a program requirement. All ‘special case’ applicants will be considered by the Admissions Committee and they will compete with other applicants in the general pool of candidates. Special case applicants that have met ALL other requirements must submit a letter to support their application explaining their special circumstances.

The College of Dentistry has no provision for special cases pertaining to the academic or residency requirements and letters will NOT be considered.

F. Transfer Students

There is no provision for accepting transfer students into the DMD program at this time.

G. International Applicants

The College of Dentistry will no longer accept applications from international students.

Selection Criteria

It is the duty of the Admissions Committee to select applicants that have the ability to succeed in the program. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to review the applicant’s entire application submission, including all written/verbal communication with the College of Dentistry, and to deny entry to applicants whose academic background or history indicates a diminished probability of success.

Applicants must meet the Eligibility Requirements listed above.

In addition to completing the required pre-dentistry courses, applicants must be working towards an undergraduate degree and choose courses that meet the requirements of the degree. This will ensure alternate career choices if dentistry is no longer a viable option. It is recommended that applicants pursue a degree in the natural sciences.

1. Academic Average (65% Overall Weighting)

The full weighting of 65% is given to the cumulative weighted average of the TWO (2) best academic years of study. Each academic year must have no fewer than 30 credit units of university level course work. Applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative weighted average of 75% over their TWO best academic years of study and must maintain an average of 75% in their current year of study. Courses taken during the application year will NOT be included in the academic average calculation. Applicants will not be considered if they have not met the minimum number of credit units or the minimum cumulative weighted average.

However, applicants must maintain BOTH of the following conditions for any course work during the year of application:

  1. A minimum overall academic average of at least 75% AND
  2. A minimum 70% average on any pre-requisite courses 

Please note that a minimum cumulative weighted average of 75% does not guarantee admission.

2. Dental Aptitude Test (15% Overall Weighting)

The applicable scores from the DAT will be earned on:

  • Reading Comprehension – 1/3
  • Perceptual Ability – 1/3
  • Academic Average – 1/3

Applicants will not be considered if they have not met the minimum DAT requirements stated in the Eligibility Requirements listed above.

3. Interview (20% Overall Weighting)

A personal interview is required of all competitive applicants annually. Interview selection is based on academic average of the TWO best academic years of study and the single best overall DAT score.

Interviews for admission for 2018-2019 are scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted via email by early March.  Applicants offered interviews should note that interviews are scheduled only once per year. Rescheduling, regardless of the reason, cannot be accommodated.

Applicants not selected to interview will not be re-evaluated for final selection in the current year.  Applicants may be disqualified from the admission competition for the year under consideration if their interview score is significantly below the mean of the current pool of applicants.  Interview scores will not be released to applicants and specific feedback will not be provided.

4. Admission Statistics

Applying

The College of Dentistry accepts online applications only. The online application is available August 1 – December 1 each year. 

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee in the amount of $170 CAD is required and MUST be paid online via credit card at the time the application is submitted. The application fee may be paid by Visa, MasterCard or Discover. 

How to apply

Be sure to read the complete admissions guide before you begin your application.

Apply Online


If you have any issues with the online application process, consult the application guide.

Required Documentation

Applications are not complete until ALL required documents are received.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is received. Applicants can check the status of their application online by logging in to their application. Please ensure that the Admissions Office, College of Dentistry has a current address, telephone number, and email address.

Please refer directly to specific policies when confirming required documentation.

All of the following required documentation must be received no later than December 1:

1. Completed online application with payment of $170 CAD application fee

2. TWO sets of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended other than the University of Saskatchewan (including distance education classes) forwarded DIRECTLY from the appropriate institution(s) to: 

Admissions, Student and Enrolment Services
University of Saskatchewan
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2

  • Applicants who previously or are currently attending the University of Saskatchewan are not required to submit official transcripts as their official record resides with this institution.
  • Transcripts issued directly to students or photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Final marks for all course work completed during the year of application, including all deferred examinations, MUST be reported on this transcript.
  • If transcripts/documents are in a language other than English, submit an official notarized, word for word, English translation together with original documents. Calendars and/or course descriptions covering the completed courses must also be submitted.
  • Previous applicants should know that transcripts are kept on file for up to 2 years. Updated transcripts must be requested if there is continued attendance at any institution since the last application.

3. Official DAT report of your best overall DAT score within the last 3 years (no older than February 2015 for the 2018-2019 application cycle).

  • November 2017 DAT scores are due as soon as they become available.
  • If re-applying for admission, DAT scores already submitted do not need to be re-submitted.

Send DAT scores and required proofs to:
Admissions, College of Dentistry
University of Saskatchewan 
105 Wiggins Road 
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E4

4. The following supporting documents (if applicable):

  • Proof that you have resided in Saskatchewan for at least 4 years immediately prior to September 1 of the year in which admission is being sought
  • Proof of Aboriginal ancestry
  • Proof of permanent residence
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Confirmation of enrolment if you are currently enrolled in any required pre-requisite courses in Term 1 of the year of application. If you are completing required prerequisite courses in Term 2 of the year of application, confirmation of enrolment must be submitted by February 1.

After the Application

  1. Offers of interviews or rejection letters are sent from Dentistry in early March.
  2. If offered admission, arrange for 2 final and complete official transcripts due no later than June 5 (if the date occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline automatically becomes 4:30 p.m. the previous Friday). If currently registered, your final marks for Term 2, including any deffered examinations must be reported on this transcript.
  3. Interviews will be conducted at the end of March.
  4. Letters of offer/waitlist/rejection will be sent mid-April via email.
  5. Submit acceptance form, tuition deposit, immunization records and Criminal Record Check by deadlines stated in offer letter.
    • Applicants offered admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of 15% of the tuition by the deadline date of the acceptance of the offer.
    • Candidates who withdraw their admission acceptance after paying the fee will forfeit the 15% deposit.
    • Payment of the deposit must be made by certified cheque, bank draft or money order and can be sent or delivered in person to the College of Dentistry, Office of Student Services, or, can be paid by MasterCard in-person at the Student Accounts & Treasury office, Room ADMIN E40.
    • Criminal Record Checks must be conducted AFTER the date of your letter of offer.
    • All offers of admission are conditional upon the successful applicant maintaining a minimum academic average of at least 75% and 70% on any pre-requisite courses during the year of application
  6. Relax and enjoy the summer, attend Orientation held the Friday before classes.
  7. Start in mid-August

Dentistry: Is it for You?

Choosing an occupation is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Your life’s work builds and reinforces your identity as a person, so it is never too early to start investigating career opportunities, asking questions and getting answers.

If you answer “yes” to the following questions, dentistry might be the right choice for you:

  • Do you enjoy interacting with and helping people?
  • Would you like a career that is exciting and offers variety?
  • Would you enjoy the challenge of a profession in health care?
  • Are you willing to accept the responsibilities of a health care provider?
  • Do you enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind?
  • Do you have an interest in and an aptitude for science?

Why uSask?

The College of Dentistry is a dynamic college with a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. Established in 1965, the college is fully accredited by the Canadian Dental Association, and is recognized by the American Dental Association. The small class size of 28 ensures individual attention from our team of approximately 22 full-time and 61 part‑time faculty. Graduates who successfully complete the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree are eligible to take all North American board exams.

Dentistry has much to offer in terms of experienced faculty, early “hands‑on” dental training and clinical experience. These advantages are enhanced by the state‑of-the-art equipment available to students in both the pre‑clinical and clinical stages of the program. If dentistry is the career for you, we are sure you will agree that the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan is the place to study.

Sample Classes

  • DENT 225: Dental Anatomy and Morphology
  • An introductory course in dental anatomy and morphology. The general objective is to provide the undergraduate dental student with the knowledge of dental anatomy and morphology that forms the basis for much of the practice of clinical dentistry.
  • DENT 317: Orthodontics I
    The orthodontic lectures in this year emphasize the diagnostic and treatment planning aspect of simple and complex orthodontic cases, as well as their treatment and management. Second year provides the basics of case presentation and patient evaluation and prepares the student for the orthodontic clinic.
  • DENT 430: Removable Prosthodontics III
    Lecture/discussion/seminar sessions in clinical application of complete and removable partial denture theory. Clinical practice in complete and partial denture therapy.

Career Opportunities

As a dentist, you gain a great deal of professional flexibility by establishing a private practice, or practising within a group. The dental profession also provides financial and job security, two very important factors when choosing your career.

In addition to the variety of tasks performed by dentists, the dental profession also allows for creativity, since it involves a strong artistic element. Because dentists provide an essential health care service, they enjoy a highly respected position within the community.

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