Faculty of Dentistry
Section 3: Admission to the Faculty of Dentistry
3.1 Degrees Offered
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Minimum time to graduation: Six years (University 1, plus one year, plus four years in the Faculty of Dentistry).
The following is a summary of the admission requirements. Equivalent academic courses completed at recognized universities elsewhere will be considered. All admission requirements, as well as application deadline dates and forms, are included in an application bulletin that is available from the Admissions Office, Enrolment Services, 424 University Centre; this information is also posted on the university’s website (umanitoba.ca/faculties/dentistry).
Bachelor of Science (Dentistry)
In addition to the basic professional degree, the faculty offers the Bachelor of Science in Dentistry to interested dental students wishing to undertake research during their undergraduate program. The program is designed to assure that participation in it will not interfere with the student’s dental degree. Through active participation in a research program, the students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in applying scientific knowledge to dental practice and an interest in dental research. In addition, the program will serve as a preparatory step for entry into various graduate programs. Information on admission to this program is available from the Dean’s Office and through the Faculty of Dentistry’s web page (www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/dentistry).
3.2 Course Requirements
After University 1, most students choose the Faculty of Science because the pre-Dentistry requirements easily fit Science degree programs.
Minimum 60 credit hours of pre-Dentistry study including:
BIOL 1020 and 1030
CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310
CHEM 2210 and 2220
CHEM 2360 and CHEM 2370 or MBIO 2360 and MBIO 2370
PHYS 1020 and 1030 or PHYS 1050 and 1070
6 credit hours of English
24 credit hours of electives, 6 of which must be in the non-applied sciences or non-pure sciences.
All science courses must include the laboratory component.
High school prerequisites: Chemistry 40S, Mathematics 40S, and Physics 40S.
The 6 credit hours of English satisfies the written English requirement; the mathematics requirement must be met in the first 60 credit hours even though it is not a specific admissions requirement.
The English Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) must be written.
A personal interview is required.
Admission is competitive.
Information on the admission process may be accessed through the Faculty of Dentistry's web page (umanitoba.ca/faculties/dentistry) or by requesting an Information Application Bulletin from either the Faculty of Dentistry or the University of Manitoba Admissions Office (Enrolment Services)
Selection criteria: Grades, interview and DAT score equally weighted.
3.3 International Dentist Degree Program (IDDP)
The Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, offers the International Dentist Degree Program (IDDP) to a maximum of 7 graduates of international dental programs that are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. After a 6 to 8 week summer orientation program, students enter the 3rd year of the regular dental program of the Faculty. Upon satisfactory completion of the 3rd and 4th years of the dental program, IDDP participants will be awarded the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. All graduates of DMD programs in Canada, once having passed the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) examinations, are eligible for licensure/registration as a dentist in all provinces in Canada.
Requirements for admission/entrance to the IDDP program include: the successful completion, within two years prior to the application deadline, of the Eligibility Examination, sponsored by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada; submission of notarised official transcripts of diploma and dental school grades; letters of good standing, from appropriate licensing body; autobiographical sketch; and references.
Applicants, who have not completed Junior and Senior High School (6 years) in North America, must also complete an English language requirement (Requirements are under review, for further information please see the IDDP Applicant Information Bulletin available at the Dean’s Office, or on-line via www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/dentistry).
Competitive applicants in a given competition will be invited to an On-site Assessment held over a five day period at the Faculty of Dentistry. This assessment will, normally, be held mid-December preceding entry into the program. This assessment consists of a personal interview, a psychomotor skills assessment and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Information on admission to this program is available from the Dean’s Office and through the Faculty of Dentistry’s web page (www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/dentistry).