International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP)


Note:The regulations in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this Calendar apply to students in the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program.


Admission Information

Regulations Governing the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program

International Dentist Advanced Placement Program Curriculum

Course Descriptions: International Dentist Advanced Placement Program


Admission Information

The International Dentist Advanced Placement Program is a special university program held over six months. After successful completion of this program students are fully integrated into the third year of our four year Doctor of Dental Surgery Program, leading to a degree. The program is intended for graduates of non-accredited dental programs, i.e. educational programs that have not been recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.  Upon successful completion of the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program, the third year and fourth year of the DDS program and the NDEB examinations, the candidate will be eligible for licensure/ registration as a dentist.

The following admission guidelines apply to all applicants. Please consult the Faculty of Dentistry website for complete information at:

To be eligible for admission into the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program applicants must: 

  • Have completed a minimum of four-year University dental program, not recognized by the CDAC. 
  • Achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all dental coursework. 
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency status in Canada by the July 2nd application deadline. International Students are not eligible to apply to this program. 
  • As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of their application. Acceptable proof of English facility must be submitted by the application deadline (July 2). Official test scores must be sent by the testing agency directly to the University of Toronto. Our institution code is 0982. The following tests are recognized:

    a) Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL): The Minimum requirement is TOEFL PBT--total score 600 + 5.0 on TWE and for TOEFL IBT--total score 100 + 22 on Writing. 

    b) Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part below 80. 

    c) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. 

    d) The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): The minimum requirement is an overall score of 86, with 32 in Writing and 22 in each of the Reading and Listening sections. 

    e) Academic Preparation ESL, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto: The minimum requirement is a grade of 'B' at the 60/Advanced level. 
  • Write the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) Examination administered by the National Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) prior to the July 2nd application deadline, and to arrange for their results to be forwarded directly to the Admissions Office. The AFK exam must have been taken within the last three years at the time submission of your application. To register for the AFK exam contact: 

    The National Dental Examining Board of Canada
    80 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
    Ottawa, ON
    K1P 6R2
    Telephone: (613) 236-5912

How to Apply 

To apply to the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program you must complete the online application form from the Faculty of Dentistry website. In addition to the online application form the following documents must be received by the July 2nd application deadline:

  • Non-refundable application service fee of $ 275.00 CDN payable to the University of Toronto. Payment may be made by credit card, certified check, or money order. We do not accept personal checks or cash. 
  • Proof of citizenship (if applicable), i.e. Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status (photocopy only). This document can be mailed directly, faxed to: (416) 979-4944 or sent via e-mail to:
  • Proof of English facility (if applicable) sent directly by the testing agency to the University of Toronto. 
  • A notarized copy of your dental school marks accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable. 
  • A photocopy of your NDEB Fundamental Knowledge Exam results. 
  • Applicants who are submitting documents in a name other than that shown on the application must submit proof of name change with the application. A notarized copy of one of the following is acceptable: marriage certificate or Change-of-Name Order issued by an Ontario Court Judge, or by another court of competent jurisdiction. 
  • Letter of extenuating circumstances (if applicable) to assist in the assessment of you qualifications. This letter should not exceed 750 words. 

Admission documents need to be mailed to the following address: 

Admissions Office
Faculty of Denistry
124 Edward Street, Room 104
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6  Canada 


By the end of September each year shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview based on their potential as shown by their academic achievement and AFK scores. Those not invited for an interview will be informed at this time as well. The interviews are held on one weekend at the end of October each year. 

Selection and Notification of Applicants

The selection of applicants is made by the Undergraduate Admission Committee that reports directly to the Council of the Faculty of Dentistry. The criteria for selection are established by the Undergraduate Admission Committee and approved by Faculty Council. Final offers for admission to the IDAPP program will be made to selected members of this group of interviewed applicants and will be based upon academic achievement, AFK scores and the results of the interview process. IN making its decisions the Committee takes all of this information into consideration. In mid-November, interviewed applicants will be notified by e-mail of the decision made by the Committee with respect to their application. The decision of the Faculty of Dentistry concerning admission into the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program is final. No appeal mechanism exists. 

Applicants who have previously failed in University Education 

Applicants who have been required to withdraw by a dental school for academic or other reasons will normally be ineligible for admission to the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program.

Transfer within Canada  

Requests for transfer from other Advanced Standing Programs will not be accepted.

Applicants with a Communicable Disease

All Faculty of Dentistry students are expected to be in a state of health such that they may participate in the academic program, including patient care, without posing a risk to themselves or to others. Students with a communicable disease may pursue their studies only as long as their continued involvement does not pose a health or safety hazard to themselves or others. Such a health or safety hazard, if protracted, may preclude them from participation in clinical work essential to the satisfactory completion of their program of study. The health status of all students shall remain confidential.  Registration status for HBV Carriers remains CONDITIONAL until the Expert Panel on Infectious Diseases reviews their case.


All incoming students will have the opportunity of orientation counselling to discuss student services, financial assistance, enrolment procedures, housing and other concerns. Appointments may be arranged through the Admissions Office.

Admission Deposit

A $2000 CDN non-refundable deposit will be required from each applicant granted admission. It will be applied to the fees providing he/she register.


Regulations Governing the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program

The program and degree regulations given in Section 2 of this calendar apply to the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program in Dentistry with the substitution of ‘International Dentist Advanced Placement Program’ for ‘DDS program’ and the appropriate reduction in the number of years. However, items 3, 4, 8 and 12 do not apply; appropriate versions of these sections follow.

First Aid Course and CPR

Students registering in the International Dentist Advanced Placement program are required to obtain certification of satisfactory completion of (a) a Canadian Red Cross Society or St. John's Ambulance course in First Aid (or its equivalent) and (b) a CPR Basic Rescuer course before they may register in the IDAPP program.  The CPR course must have been completed within the past two years.  All students must present evidence of recertification in the CPR Basic Rescuer course by the last day of classes in 4th year.  Certificates verifying comple­tion of such courses must be submitted to the Student Services Office by the last day of classes in the 4th year of the program. The Faculty of Dentistry does not offer instruction in these courses as part of the D.D.S. program.


Students will take all courses and examinations of the program at the times set by the Faculty and under the direction of the Faculty staff. The courses of the curriculum are divided into two categories - didactic, which includes all lec­tures (and some laboratories), and clinical/preclin­ical. All courses involving technical procedures must be completed in the Faculty laboratories under the direction of the staff in accordance with the regula­tions laid down by the disciplines con­cerned.


No exemptions from courses will be permitted to students registered in the International Dentist Advanced Placement program.

Supplemental Examinations

Students who fail a course have the privilege of a supplemental examination. A sup­plemental exami­nation is defined as a special examination for students who have failed a course, and is graded "Pass" or "Fail".

Students are permitted no more than two sup­ple­mental examinations in the International Dentist Advanced Placement program.

Consequences of Failure to Obtain Standing

Students who fail to obtain standing by having failed more than two subjects or by having failed one or more supplemental examinations, before advancing to the D.D.S. program, will be required to re­peat all courses of the failed program in which the student did not receive a grade of A- in the first attempt. Any student who fails on two occasions to receive the right to advance to the D.D.S. program shall be refused further registration in the Faculty.

The University of Toronto IPE Curriculum/ Program

The University of Toronto (IPE) curriculum/ program builds upon a rich history of IPE and is focused on the development of specific values and core competencies across eleven health professional programs (dentistry, medical radiation sciences, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician’s assistants, physical education and health, physical therapy, social work and speech-language pathology). The knowledge, skills/behaviours and attitudes developed through the IPE curriculum/program will enable students to provide collaborative patient/client-centred care in an interprofessional context. 

The IPE curriculum/program started in 2009 and is being phased-in across the health professional faculties. This comprehensive curriculum/program includes the following three core learning activities for IDAPP students:

IDAPP - Conflict in Interprofessional Life;

DDS 3 - Case-Based:  Pain - Palliative Care;

DDS 4 - IPE Component in a Clinical Placement.

As well, students complete elective learning activities in order to cover all IPE values and core competencies and to meet individual learning needs and interests. Student learning will be assessed to ensure successful completion.  IDAPP students will need to successfully complete two elective learning activities (any colour) during the course of the IDAPP program and following transfer to DDS III.

Certificate of Registration for Dental Practice

Please refer to this topic in the DDS section of the calendar.


Following successful completion of the program students will be invited to register into the third year of the D.D.S. program.


International Dentist Advanced Placement Program Curriculum

Course No. Course Title Lecture Seminar Laboratory Clinic Total Course
    Hours Hours Hours Hours Hours Weights
DPP105H1 Biomaterials 23 0 0 0 23 0.25
DPP111H1 Dental Public Health 46 0 0 0 46 0.50
DPP123H1 Biological Basis of Oral Health/Disease 30 0 0 0 30 0.25
DPP128H1 Periodontics 23 0 0 30 53 0.50
DPP132H1 Pharmacology 20 0 0 0 20 0.25
DPP135H1 Preventive Dentistry 20 0 0 0 20 0.25
DPP138Y1 Prosthodontics 30 0 37 36 87 0.50
DPP141H1 Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology 14 0 0 4 18 0.00
DPP144Y1 Restorative Dentistry (pre-clinical) 0 0 0 123.5 123.5 0.50
DPP165H1 Restorative Dentistry (didactic) 32.5 0 0 0 32.5 0.25
DPP200H1 Anaesthesia 14 0 5 5 24 0.25
DPP202H1 Communication Skills 0 6 0 0 6 Pass/Fail
DPP208H1 Endodontics 30.5 0 54 0 84.5 0.50
DPP219H1 Medicine 21 0 0 0 21 0.25
DPP222H1 Orthodontics 16 28 0 28 72 0.50
DPP223H1 Pediatric Dentistry 14 0 19.5 0 33.5 0.25
DPP249H1 Ethics, Professionalism, Law I 0 10** 0 0 10 Pass/Fail
DPP356Y1 Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine 22.5 12 0 18 52.5 0.00
       Total Hours 342.5 46 78.5 279.5 756.5 5.00
** On-line course            


Course Descriptions: International Dentist Advanced Placement Program

The International Dentist Advanced Placement Program is an intense six months pre-clinical program. This period includes a series of lectures in a selected group of Clinical Science and Biological and Diagnostic Science subjects.


DPP105H1 Biomaterials

The lectures are designed to provide background materials science knowledge required to understand how chemistry and structure of materials affect physical and mechanical properties. They also include a comprehensive review of dental materials with emphasis on the relationships between structure, properties, performance and biocompatibility.



DPP111H1 Dental Public Health

In this course students will study Canada’s oral health and learn the principles of evidence-based health care. The course will include epidemiological concepts and the strength of study designs, the epidemiology of dental conditions in Canada and the determinants of oral health, descriptions of the Canadian health and dental care delivery systems, and an overview of current issues in dental health care in Canada including a brief introduction to professional ethics. In a second section students will learn the principles of clinical epidemiology and then work in small groups to complete an evidence-based report on a selected topic. 



DPP123H1 Biological Basis of Oral Health and Disease

This review course is designed to provide the incoming international dentist with a review of the current knowledge on oral health and disease mechanisms. Since research in this area is proceeding rapidly, guest lecturers, most of whom are clinicians, are asked to provide the students with a brief review of the basic mechanisms of health and disease. They are also asked to bring students up to date regarding how far various scientific fields relating to oral health and disease have advanced. There are 15 two hour lectures on topics ranging from the histology of soft tissues, the biochemistry of mineralized tissues, oral bacterial ecology, immunity, and oral physiology. Upon completion of the course, students will have an understanding of the basic concepts that will help them prepare for the other didactic courses in the IDAPP.   



DPP128H - Periodontics

The didactic lecture series centers on the pathogenesis, pathology, diagnosis and approaches to therapy for the various periodontal diseases. The preclinical module teaches the fundamental skills in scaling technique, instrumentation and instrument sharpening. In the clinical component students exam, chart, diagnose, treatment plan patients and also perform scaling, root planing and oral hygiene instruction.



DPP132H1 Pharmacology

This course will provide a review of pharmacology prior to the course in third year DDS. Topics include an overview of basic principles, drug regulations, autonomics, cardiovascular, immunopharmacology, general anaesthetics and central nervous system drugs.



DPP135H1 Preventive Dentistry

The goal of the preventive program for students in the IDAPP is to build on the review of the basic biological mechanisms introduced in the Biological Basis for Oral Health and Disease (BBOHD) course especially relating to the area of caries prevention. Approximately 10 two-hour lectures are scheduled covering a range of topics in Preventive Dentistry. The primary goal of the course is to prepare the students for entry directly into the third year DDS program, where more independent learning will provide the clinical skills for competency in the management of dental caries.



DPP138Y1 Prosthodontics

This course aims to introduce to international dentists the status of prosthodontics in Canada in terms of epidemiology, aetiology and prognosis. Moreover, the dentists are exposed to the prosthodontic teaching principles of the University of Toronto in terms of management of patients who are missing teeth and associated tissues. Lectures, videos, and seminars define the sequelae of partial and complete edentulism, methods of treatment, and risks and benefits. The course blends theory with simulations on patient models and typodonts. At the completion of this course, candidates will be aware of the optimal approach to treatment planning, diagnostic procedures and technical solutions for patients who require tooth replacement with fixed and removable partial and complete prostheses. Successful completion leads to instructor supervised comprehensive patient care. Further lectures and seminars cover other prosthodontic topics such as geriatrics and dental implants. 



DPP141H1 Radiology

Lectures introduce the student to the principles of radiation physics and hygiene, biology, radiographic imaging modalities, technique and the interpretation of normal anatomy and its variations, including common diseases affecting the teeth and jaws. Clinical sessions provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice intra-oral imaging techniques incorporating infection control protocol, utilizing the two digital imaging systems (CMOS and Photostimulable Phosphor receptors). Radiographic interpretation is introduced reinforcing lecture matrial. 



DPP144Y1/DPP165H1 Restorative Dentistry

This course consists of two components, a didactic component and a practical (preclinical) component. The objectives of this course are to review current restorative treatment principles and procedures with the participants and ensure that they are at the level of competency required before they can treat patients on the clinical floor. The course covers all the aspects of cavity preparation and restoration for both the direct and indirect techniques (both intra- and extra­coronal). It involves reviewing methods of diagnosis of initial and recurrent caries and introducing state of the art management regimes and procedures for carious- and endodontically-treated teeth. For the practical component of this course a clinical stimulation set-up is used in order to optimize proximity to the real situation. Teaching in the laboratory is conducted in small groups of participants (no larger than 8) each allocated to one instructor.

At the culmination of this course, participants are expected to have reached a competency level in both didactic and preclinical restorative dentistry to enable them to proceed to patient treatment on the clinical floor. Participant must pass examinations in both the didactic and practical components of this course   independently.

In addition to a revised manual provided in electronic form the following texts are required.



DPP200H1 Anaesthesia

The courses in anaesthesia extend from second through the third and fourth dental years. They cover aspects of pain control and patient man­agement in order to provide the dental student with the knowledge and skills needed to render the conscious patient freedom from pain and apprehension.

The objectives of the course in second year are to provide the students with the in-depth pharmacology of those local anaesthetics and vasoconstrictors used in dentistry, as well as the ability to technically administer these drugs and achieve local anaesthesia. The first part of the course discusses the detailed specific injection techniques covering all forms of intra-oral anaesthesia for dentistry in the mandible and maxilla, their complications, and the required armamentarium. Students then practice these injection techniques on each other in the clinic. The second part provides an in-depth discussion of the pharmacology of local anaesthetics. 



DPP208H1 Endodontics

This course offers the student didactic, pre-clinical and clinical experiences that are directed towards fostering understanding about the nature, the diagnosis, and the treatment of pulpal and periapical disease. The goal of this course is to acquire knowledge and preclinical skills equal to those of second year DDS students. The preclinical component is focused on the treatment of anterior and premolar teeth. Both components are directed towards training the student to perform basic clinical endodontic procedures with confidence prior to entering the clinics in third year.



DPP219H1 Medicine

The course is designed to provide basic knowledge of common chronic adult medical illnesses. The purpose is to both understand patients’ chronic conditions as well as to have an approach to treating patients with chronic medical conditions. The relevance of the illnesses on the practice of dentistry is emphasized throughout the course. The course builds upon content learned in General Pathology and Pharmacology but provides a more clinical perspective.

Evaluation: written midterm test and final exam. 



DPP222H1 Orthodontics

This course consists of a series of lectures, aiming at familiarizing the students with the material taught in the 2nd DDS year. During this preclinical phase students review basic orthodontic concepts such as cephalometrics, model analysis, and basic aspects of orthodontic treatment that they will use in their diagnosis, treatment planning and patient treatment in the ensuing two years.



DPP223H1 Paediatric Dentistry

This course consists of a didactic and clinical component which is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental principles and philosophies as they pertain to dentistry for children in order to prepare the students for entry into the Clinical Core Program in Pediatric Dentistry. The didactic component will include lectures and laboratory sessions on restorative dentistry for the primary dentition. The didactic component will include a basic overview of dentistry for children including early childhood care and prevention, development of the occlusion, introduction of the child to the clinic which includes information on the administration of local anesthesia, application of rubber dam, and intra oral radiography. 



DPP356Y1 Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine

A course of lectures, seminars and clinical sessions teach the student a system of diagnosis of dental and oral disease. Emphasis is placed on methods of history taking, examination, patient evaluation and management as well as treatment planning, with special attention to the medically compromised patient. This course begins in the winter term of second year, and continues to the end of Third Year.