Dentists play an important role in the field of healthcare, and a career as a dentist offers rewarding opportunities and great income potential. You can start your dentistry studies at Medicine Hat College, and then apply to transfer to the University of Alberta, or the University of Saskatchewan.
Dentistry is the treatment and care of the teeth and associated oral structures. Dentistry is mainly concerned with tooth decay, disease of the supportive structures, such as the gums, and faulty positioning of the teeth. Like medicine and surgery, it is practiced in specialized fields: oral surgery, orthodontics (corrective dentistry), periodontics (diseases of the gums), prosthodontics (partial or total tooth replacement), endodontics (treatment of dental pulp chamber and canals), and pedodontics (dental problems of children).
You can begin your studies in dentistry at Medicine Hat College and then apply to transfer to the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry or the University of Saskatchewan, Faculty of Dentistry to complete your studies. Admission to the University of Alberta Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program, or the University of Saskatchewan Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) requires the successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits (20 courses), of which 30 credits (10 courses) must be taken during one Fall/Winter term (September to April inclusive).
Entry into both programs is very competitive. If you are entering pre-professional studies in dentistry, you should have an alternate plan in place. We recommend that you meet with an academic advisor from Medicine Hat College and from the university you plan to attend regarding admission requirements and course selections. Navigating a transfer can be very complex, and course selection is very important to ensure you meet the admission requirements of the institution you wish to apply to.
(Alberta High School Courses or equivalents with a minimum 60% average in the required courses)
The following are minimum admission requirements. Please see an advisor for additional course-specific pre-requisites.
Dentists may pursue a career in:
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University of Alberta
Admission to the University of Alberta Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program requires the successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits (20 courses), of which 30 credits (10 courses) must be taken during the Fall/Winter (September to April inclusive).
University of Saskatchewan
Admission to the University of Saskatchewan Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program requires the successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits (20 courses), of which each 30 credits (10 courses) must be taken during the Fall/Winter (September to April inclusive) academic year.
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