All Clinical Programs - Important Info for Applicants
- Information for Prospective Clinical Students in the UBC Faculty of Dentistry
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The application deadline for starting the DMD program in 2013 is November 2, 2012. We will accept DAT scores from the November 3, 2012 sitting of the DAT.
Admission to the dental program is based primarily on academic ability and personal qualities as evidenced by pre-dental scholastic records, aptitude tests, personal interviews, and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Assessment. Fulfilment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available positions. Not every qualified applicant will be offered admission.
The deadline for application (including supporting documents) is November 2, 2012 for admission in August 2013.Early submission of applications and supporting documents is strongly encouraged. The application deadline is strictly enforced.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. Preference is given to residents of British Columbia. A maximum of 10% of out-of-province applicants will be accepted each year.
- Complete three academic years (90 credits) at a recognized
faculty at The University of British Columbia, or its equivalent,
by April 2013.
- Achieve a minimum overall Grade
Point Average of 70% or 2.8 on a 4.0 grading scale for
ALL college/university work (including failed courses). While a GPA of 70% is the minimum requirement, applicants should consult the entrance statistics to determine if their application will be competitive..
The Grade Point Average is calculated on all university-transferable course work completed since high school. Courses taken in the application year are not included in the GPA calculation that is used when considering applicants for admission. The worst year will be dropped for applicants who have completed four or more years of college/university, provided it has at least 24 credits and is not the most recent year.
- Complete the required
prerequisite courses by April of the academic year in
which they apply.
- Write the DAT
exam. DAT scores from the November exam in the
year of application will be accepted for the
November 2, 2012
Please ensure that you check the box beside University of British
Columbia on your test registration form so that UBC will
a copy of your DAT results directly. DAT results are valid
for a period of 5 years. Two components of the DAT
are used in
our evaluation: Academic Average and Perceptual Test. For applicants who have
written the DAT exam more than once, we will use the
test score in our calculations. To download a printable copy of the brochure
(in PDF format) or request a copy of the brochure
Dental Aptitude Test Program
Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3Y6
Tel: (613) 523-1770
American Dental Association
211 Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
Tel: (312) 440-2500
How to Apply
The DMD Application Form can be found on-line at secure.dentistry.ubc.ca. Paper applications are not accepted. In addition to completing the on-line application, applicants must ensure the following documents are received in our office by the November 2, 2012 deadline:
- Reference letters are no longer required. Please do not submit as they will not be considered.
- Official Transcripts - Applicants must request official
transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where they
have studied. All transcripts submitted must be official and
must be sent directly to our office from the institution.
official transcript is one bearing an official seal and/or
signature of the issuing institution (or which has been produced
institution's secured paper). Photocopies and legally certified
(notarized) copies are not acceptable. These transcripts must
be received in our office by the November 2, 2012 deadline.
UBC students applying to Dentistry are not
to submit an official UBC transcript. Applicants who are granted
conditional acceptance to the DMD program are required to
transcripts of their final grades by
June 14, 2013.
International Transcripts - Applicants submitting international transcripts must submit one set of official transcripts sent directly to our office from the institution, plus a translated and notarized copy in English. Course outlines are required for the prerequisite courses.
High School Transcripts - Applicants who have not been registered at UBC must submit an official transcript of your high school record.
- DAT Scores - Applicants
must request original DAT scores from the Canadian Dental Association or the American Dental Association.
These must be sent directly to our office from the CDA or ADA..
- Application Fee Payment - An application fee payment of $204.00 CAD, payable to the University of British Columbia, must be submitted on or prior to the deadline. This is a non-refundable fee and does not apply to tuition. Payment may be made by personal cheque, money order, bank draft or certified cheque, or credit card.
Open House / Interviews / Problem-Based Learning Assessment
Short-listed applicants are invited to the DMD Admissions Open House Weekend on the basis of their overall GPA and DAT scores. Applicants not invited to the Open House will not be considered further. The open house, interviews, and PBL sessions are normally conducted on two Fridays and Saturdays in the month of February. To reduce traveling expenses, out of province applicants may have their interview conducted at another dental school that participates in the revised CDA structured interview and details will be provided upon request.
Applicants shortlisted to attend the Open House will be considered for admission based only their interview and PBL scores. GPA and DAT scores will not be considered in determining offers of admission to the DMD program. Members of the Interview Teams are comprised of general practitioners, faculty members and dental students who have completed an Interview Training Workshop. The Interview Team is unaware of the contents of an applicant's file or his/her level of academic performance.
PROBLEM-BASED SMALL GROUP LEARNING (PBL) SESSION
"Problem-based/small group learning encourages self-directed, lifelong learning through the development of in-depth critical thinking and analytical skills. Students develop an inquisitive learning style through their journeys of intellectual discovery by integrating prior knowledge with newly discovered concepts across the many disciplines. They openly discuss what they know and discover what they need to know in a fun, safe learning environment. They become empowered learners as they realize their ability to integrate and retain information. Rotating through a number of small groups exposes students to a variety of group (student/tutor) dynamics, and thereby builds strong interpersonal and professional skills. How rewarding it is to witness the growth of independent, reflective, self-motivated learners!"
- Dr. Leandra Best,
Clinical Assistant Professor
Years 1 & 2 DMD Curriculum Coordinator
As part of the Open House Weekend, all invited applicants must participate in a scheduled interactive PBL session. An applicant's interview and PBL session are scheduled on the same day.
Selection of the Class
The Admissions Committee meets at the end of February to select students from the interviewed applicants for acceptance to the first year DMD class. Applicants will be notified by mid-March of the results of the Committee's deliberations. Accepted students will have two weeks from the date of their letter of acceptance in which to pay the $ 10,900.00 non-refundable tuition deposit (approximately 20% of total fees).
Application to Advanced Standing
There are no arrangements for considering advanced standing applicants from other Canadian, U.S., and international dental schools at this time.