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!
Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D)
- Minimum average of 70% in required pre-dentistry courses:
- Biology 120.3 and one of Biology 121.3, 224.3, or Biomedical Science 224.3)
- Chemistry 112.3 and 250.3
- Physics 115.3 and one of 117.3 or 125.3
- Biomedical Science 200.3 and 230.3
- 6 credit units in Social Sciences/Humanities
- At least 60 credit units of university level work within two standard academic terms (30 credit units taken between September - April) with a minimum average of 75% in two best 30 credit years.
- Dental Aptitude Test
- Proficiency in English
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- Academic Record - 65%
Average in the best two 30-credit years
- Dental Aptitude Test - 15% weighting
- Reading comprehension (25%)
- Academic Average (25%)
- Perceptual Ability (25%)
- Carving (25%) minimum score of 3
- Interview - 20% weighting
The College of Dentistry welcomes applications from all students. Of the 28 first-year spots, 22 are reserved for Saskatchewan residents, including 3 spaces for persons of Aboriginal descent. The other 6 spaces are open to all other applicants, regardless of ancestry.
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of application.
- Applicants normally must have resided in Saskatchewan for at least four years immediately prior to September 1st of the year in which admission is being sought. Applicants who left the province, but who previously lived in Saskatchewan for an accumulated period of 15 years (permanent residency), will be treated as 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 condition 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.
Canadian and International Applicants
There are up to 6 spaces set aside for non-SK residents, either out of province Canadian, or international.
Aboriginal Equity Access Program
- There is a separate category in which three first year spaces are reserved for persons of Canadian Aboriginal ancestry.
- Applicants must meet the minimum Admission Qualifications above.
- Applicants must achieve an acceptable rating on the interview and complete the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT).
- Applicants must provide proof of Aboriginal ancestry.
Foreign Trained Dentists
- There is a separate category in which ONE first year space is reserved for a foreign trained dentist. Applicants in this stream will compete in a separate pool for this position.
- Applicants must have earned a dental degree from a recognized dental college other than Canada or the United States of America.
- Applicants must meet the Saskatchewan residency rules.
- If applicable, applicants must present satisfactory evidence of proficiency in English.
- Applicants must take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by the Canadian Dental Association.
- Applicants must be interviewed at the University of Saskatchewan for the year in which admission is being sought.
- Applicants must provide a one-page biography (curriculum vita) on relevant dental experiences and other information that would be helpful to the Admissions Committee.
Special Case Category
- The College of Dentistry may consider students with special circumstances with regard to one or both of the 30 credit unit years, such that one or both years may have been completed over twelve consecutive months as part of a program requirement.
- All 'special case' applicants will be considered by the Admissions Committee and will compete with all other applicants in the general pool of candidates. Applicants must have met all other requirements. Applicants are to submit a letter with their application form that explains their special circumstances.
2012-2013 Dentistry Entry Admission StatisticsQuota: 28
Total Applicants: 403
10: Aboriginal Access Applicants
82.60 to 94.35% (SK)
89.10 to 91.95% (other)
Years of University
2 years: 2
3-4 years: 16
+5 years: 10
Age Range: 19-28
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'll agree that the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan is the place to study.
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?
- 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.
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.
Dentists 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.