University Transfer

Dentistry, Pharmacy & Vet Med - Dentistry Transfer Routes

CAMPUS:Lloydminster Campus
ACCREDITATION:Credits Towards a Degree
Since there are a limited number of seats at U of A (31) and U of S (28), admission is highly competitive.  This means you must do well in 3 areas:
  • your GPA
  • the required Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)
  • the interview 

To provide as many options as possible, you should pursue a science program that includes all the dentistry requirements but also other potential careers.
 

DAT

No matter what dental school you want to transfer to you must take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT).
 
You register for the exam. Registration typically closes in mid-September and mid-January for exams held the next November and February.
 
The Canadian Dental Association recommends buying a DAT prep kit. In addition you can buy a soap 6-pack (carving material) and DAT pre-manual. Cost for all 3 is about $150.
 
You’ll need to meet the minimum scores in reading comprehension, perceptual ability and manual dexterity. Usually accepted students score much higher than the minimum. The U of S lists the last 3 years of minimum DAT scores of accepted applicants.
 
DAT scores are valid for 3 years.
 
 If you take DAT more than once, the single best overall score will be used.
 

MMI

Both U of A and U of S also require personal interviews. Both also use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format.
 
U of A supplies sample MMI questions.
 
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University of Alberta
You need to know:
  • There are 31 seats in the program and 85% are reserved for Alberta students
  • Minimum GPA to apply is 3.0 but a 3.5 or higher is a more realistic average for admission.
  •  The minimum academic requirement is 60 credits of university courses, 30 credits must be taken in one fall/winter period
  •  A multiple mini interview (MMI) is part of the admission process. This is by invitation only. Usually held in mid-March.
  • Deadlines:
    • Nov 1 for applications
    • Nov 15 for official transcripts
    • Jan 15 for DAT results
    • Feb 1 for official transcripts of fall term grades and winter term course registration
    • June 15 for official transcripts.
Check out all you need to know about the U of A dental surgery program including applying, the selection process and a program overview.
 

Courses available at Lakeland

You will need to choose 5 courses per semester (10 for a year) over both years at Lakeland.
 
Choose electives based on a back-up plan should dentistry not work out.
 
Year 1
  •  required courses ENGL 112, BIOL 107, BIOL 108, CHEM 101, CHEM 102
  •  either or both of PHYS 124 & STAT 151 or 6 elective credits
  •  6 elective credits
Year 2
  •  required courses BIOCH 200, CHEM 161, CHEM 263
  • recommended courses BIOL 207, BIOL 208, MICRB 265
  •  if not taken in Year 1 PHYS 124 and STAT 151 or 6 elective credits
  •  6 elective credits
University of Saskatchewan

You need to know:

  • You can’t enter the U of S dental program from high school
  • There are only 28 seats in the program, so admission is competitive. You will need more than a 70% average required for pre-dentisry courses and the 75% cumulative weighted average​ of your 2 best years of 30-credit years
  • There are a limited number of seats for non-Saskatchewan residents
  • We recommend you transfer for year 3 at the U of S where you take the remaining 30 credits of pre-professional requirements
  • Your academic average is weighted 65% in the admissions process
  • An interview is part of the selection process. This is weighted 20% of the admission process. In this case it’s a multiple mini interview format. You are given a question at each station and given 2 minutes to read the question and prepare an answer. There’s then 8 minutes to discuss with the interviewer
  • As well, you have to complete and submit a criminal record check and provide an immunization record.
  • Online applications are available from August 1 – December 1.
  • Your score on the Dental Aptitude Test is 15% of the admission requirement. 
  • The College of Dentistry is considering a 4-year undergraduate degree as an admissions requirement. Keep checking the admission requirements for an update.
 
Check out all of the U of S dentistry requirements including the last 3 years of minimum DAT scores of accepted applicants.

Courses available at Lakeland

You will need to choose 5 courses per semester (10 for a year) over both years at Lakeland
 
Year 1
  • 6 credits in humanities/social sciences
  • BIOL 107 and 108
  • CHEM 101
  • PHYS 124 & 126
  • 3 other electives – CHEM 102 is suggested
 
Year 2
  •  required courses BIOCH 200 & CHEM 161
  • 18 more credits in sciences – recommended are BIOL 207, BIOL 208, MICRB 265, CHEM 263
  •  6 elective credits
 
Note: Required courses for pre-dentistry could also lead to other degree options including a science degree.
Note: Completion of university transfer courses doesn't guarantee you admission to degree programs at universities.
  • You must also meet all the admission requirements of the degree-granting institution. This may include appropriate high school courses and averages.
  • Admission is competitive. There may be quotas for number of students admitted to the degree program at the receiving institution.
  • Some receiving institutions specify a minimum grade for transfer credit.
  • If you change a program or receiving institution, be aware that there may not be room in the new program.
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