Dec 13, 2019  
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020 
    
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry


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BSc in Medical Laboratory Science

The current quota for Phase I students is 29.

  1. Preprofessional Year
    Those wishing to enrol in the BSc Medical Laboratory Science program must complete a preprofessional year before applying for admission to the Faculty. The required courses or their transfer equivalents are available at various postsecondary institutions in Alberta. Students should where possible take these courses (equivalent to ★30 at the University of Alberta) as one year of full-time study.
  2. Academic Requirements
    The following ★30 are required.
    1. English ★6
    2. General Chemistry ★6
    3. Organic Chemistry ★6
    4. Biology ★3 (cell biology)
    5. ★3 from Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, or Zoology
    6. Statistics ★3
    7. ★3 options (any Faculty)

NOTE EFFECTIVE FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 ADMISSION the Academic Requirements will be:

The following ★30 of preprofessional course work are required.

  1. English ★6
  2. General Chemistry ★6
  3. Organic Chemistry ★3
  4. Biology ★3 (cell biology)
  5. Biology ★3 (molecular genetics and inheritance)
  6. ★3 from Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, or Zoology
  7. Statistics ★3
  8. ★3 options (any Faculty)

 

  1. Other Requirements

    1. Selection Process: A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required in preprofessional coursework. The selection process is competitive, and applicants will be ranked primarily on academic achievement in the required preprofessional courses. Other factors considered in ranking include overall academic achievement (emphasizing recent academic performance), a demonstrated ability to perform well in a consecutive Fall/Winter Term of fulltime study (preferably 30 units), a personal interview, and a letter of intent.
      Preference will be given to those students who have completed the required ★30 in one academic year. An applicant may not benefit from additional postsecondary courses.
    2. Language Proficiency Requirements: All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency and Spoken English requirements (see Language Proficiency Requirements ). 
    3. Letter of Intent: Applicants must submit a letter with their application for admission stating their career goals, knowledge of the profession, related experience, and reasons for seeking admission to Medical Laboratory Science. Prospective students are encouraged to investigate the career to assist in their understanding of the program.
    4. Personal Interview: Interview selection is based on postsecondary academic records and a letter of intent received by April 1 [see Medicine and Dentistry (Admission and Readmission Deadlines) ]. Selected applicants will be interviewed to determine if they have the qualities necessary for the profession. The interview will evaluate qualities such as communication, teamwork, reflection, conflict resolution, empathy, responsibility, initiative, problem-solving ability, prioritization and organization. Short-listed applicants will be advised of the interview date.
    5. Final Selection: Final admission decisions are made by the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee.  
    6. Police Information Checks: Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check is required at the time of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared.
      Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement. Students are responsible for having a Police Information Check completed upon receiving admission to the Faculty.
      Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Faculty. The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that students meet the requirements of clinical agencies lies with the students. Other background checks may be required by a clinical agency, such as a child intervention record check. Students will be advised if any additional background checks are required by the clinical agency. See Requirement for Police Information Checks  for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.
    7. Medical Testing and Immunization Requirements: Please see University Infectious Diseases Regulation .
    8. Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their admission and intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable tuition deposit within the time specified in the letter of acceptance. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. (See Program-specific Deposits on Confirmation of Admission ).
    9. Technical Standard: The Division of Medical Laboratory Science Technical Standards Policy defines the necessary knowledge, skills, professional behaviours, and attitudes required of students. Please see the Medical Laboratory Science website for further information.
Note: Because the number of candidates who meet the minimum requirements for admission exceeds the quota, it should be understood that eligibility does not guarantee admission. Admission is determined on a competitive basis.  
  1. Aboriginal Applicants
    The Division of Medical Laboratory Science will provide admission to the BSc MLS program to all qualified Aboriginal applicants not to exceed the current quota for Phase I students (see above). Students of Aboriginal identity within the meaning of the Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35, Part 2, or a person accepted by one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as a member of their community, will be considered in this category.

    Candidates will be subject to normal minimum admission requirements as outlined in BSc in Medical Laboratory Science and approval by the Divisional Admissions Committee.

  2. For More Information
    Individuals considering entering the preprofessional year should contact the Division of Medical Laboratory Science, 5-411 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9.

BSc in Medical Laboratory Science Post-Professional Certification completion 

  1. Admission Requirements
    In order to be eligible for admission to the Post-Professional Certificate degree completion program applicants must have:
    1. Successfully completed the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) General Certification.
    2. Within the last five years either completed the CSMLS general certification or have related work experience.
  2. Other Requirements
    1. Official transcripts from technical institutes and clinical training sites, CSMLS certification, and other postsecondary institutions,
    2. Resumé,
    3. Letter indicating history of employment as a medical laboratory technologist with particular attention paid to the description of the type of work in which the applicant was involved. In this letter a statement of career goals and reasons for seeking admission to the BSc in Medical Laboratory Science program should be included.
  3. For More Information
    Individuals considering entrance to the Post-Professional Certification degree completion program should contact the Division of Medical Laboratory Science, 5-411 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9 or by e-mail medlabsc@ualberta.ca. Paper application is required after March 1.

Dental Hygiene Diploma

Application for Admission and Application for Readmission

Admission to the two-year Diploma has been suspended. Students interested in the Dental Hygiene Program should apply to Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization). Past graduates of the Dental Hygiene Diploma Program will continue to be able to obtain a Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization) by applying to the Post Diploma Degree Completion Program.

Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene)

Application for Admission and Application for Readmission

Only electronic applications will be accepted. To access the online application for the University of Alberta please visit www.admissions.ualberta.ca.

For detailed application and program information please visit www.dentistry.ualberta.ca.

Enrolment: Enrolment is limited to an annual quota of 40 students. Of the 40 positions available 85% are reserved for Alberta residents, 10% for Non-Alberta residents and 5% for International students (see Residence Requirements ).

  1. Admission Requirements
    Academic Requirements: The minimum requirement for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is completion of ★30 transferable, of which ★24 must be taken during one Fall/Winter.
    The required courses or their equivalents are available at various universities and colleges, including the University of Alberta.
    The preprofessional requirements are:
    1. English (★6)
    2. Organic Chemistry (★3)
    3. General Chemistry (★3)
    4. Biology (★3) (BIOL 107  or equivalent required)
    5. Sociology (★3)
    6. Psychology (★3)
    7. Statistics (★3)
    8. Option any Faculty (★6)

Applicants having sequential high school background courses in English Language Arts 30-1, Mathematics 30-1, Chemistry 30, Biology 30, and a 30 level Subject from Group A or C will be best prepared to succeed in the preprofessional year (see General Admission Requirements ).

Personal Interview: Interview selection is based on interim transcripts and postsecondary academic record. The interim document deadline is February 1. Competitive applicants will be interviewed by a team to determine if they have the personal qualities necessary for the profession. The interview evaluates an applicant's maturity, motivation, initiative, ability to communicate, personal qualities and interests. The interview schedule differs every year; short-listed applicants will be advised of the interview dates by letter.

  1. Other Requirements
    1. Language Proficiency Requirements: All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency and Spoken English requirements (see Language Proficiency Requirements ).
    2. Medical Testing and Immunization Requirements: Please see University Infectious Diseases Regulation .
    3. Proof of Residency Status: Because residency status determines the competitive pool in which an applicant is ranked, applicants may be required to present proof of residency status. See Residence Requirements .
    4. Police Information Checks: Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared.
      Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement.
      Police Information Checks are due at the time admission is confirmed. Applicants should plan to have their PIC completed prior to an offer of admission. Failure to submit a clear and complete PIC by the date noted in the offer of admission will result in the offer of admission being revoked.
      Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Department of Dentistry. The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that students meet the requirements of clinical agencies lies with the students. Other background checks may be required by a clinical agency, such as a child intervention record check. Students will be advised if any additional background checks are required by a clinical agency. See Requirement for Police Information Checks  and Protection for Persons in Care  for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.
  2. Final Selection
    Applicant profiles are made up of the following:
    1. Overall GPA achieved on all transferable postsecondary work completed as a full-time student taken during Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer Terms. For overall GPA calculation full-time study is equivalent to a minimum of ★18 taken during Fall/Winter Terms or ★12 taken during Spring/Summer Terms.
    2. Interview score.
      In order to be competitive, applicants should strive for a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA of less than 2.7 will not be considered for admission.
      For applicants who have completed four or more years of transferable postsecondary work, the cumulative (overall) GPA is calculated with the deletion of the lowest Fall/Winter GPA, provided it is not the most recent Fall/Winter or the only Fall/Winter where ★24 was taken.
      The Admissions Committee reserves the right to use its judgment with respect to individual cases. Applicants who have extenuating circumstances may submit a letter requesting special consideration to the Admissions Committee with supporting documentation. Such applicants must have completed the preprofessional requirements. Applicants seeking special consideration must contact the School of Dentistry Admissions Office prior to submitting their request for a Request for Special Consideration form. Special consideration requests must be received by the Admissions Office by January 31 of the year admission is sought.
      Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their admission and intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable tuition deposit within the time specified in the letter of acceptance. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. (See Program Specific Deposits on Confirmation of Admission ).
  3. Aboriginal Applicants
    Besides the regular quota positions, additional position(s) per year are available in the Dental Hygiene program for qualified applicants of Aboriginal identity, within the meaning of the Constitution Act of 1982, Section 35(2). Applicants interested in this program should contact the Administrator, Indigenous Health Initiatives, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. See also Admission of Aboriginal Applicants .

Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene) Post Diploma Degree Completion Program

Application for Admission and Application for Readmission

Only electronic applications will be accepted. To access the online application for the University of Alberta go to www.registrarsoffice.ualberta.ca

  1. Academic Admission Requirements
    This program is for graduates of University of Alberta, Dental Hygiene Program. Students will be placed in program A, B, or C depending on the year of graduation (refer to Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene) ). The main criterion for admission is academic standing.

Programs A (Graduates of 1998-2001) or C (Graduates of 2002-2007) Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma program.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the above program.
  3. Letter/s of good standing from current and previous licensing bodies.

Program B (Graduates prior to 1998 and onwards) Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma program prior to 1998 and 2008 onward.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the above program.
  3. For University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma graduates whose program was 2 years in length, applicants must have completed an additional ★30 of which the following are required:
    1. English (★6)
    2. Psychology (★3)
    3. Sociology or Humanities (★3)
    4. Statistics (★3)
  1. Other Requirements
    All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency and Spoken English requirements (see Language Proficiency Requirements ).

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Application for Admission and Application for Readmission

Only electronic applications will be accepted. To access the online application for the University of Alberta go to www.admissions.ualberta.ca.

For detailed application and program information please visit www.dentistry.ualberta.ca.

Note: Applicants who have been Required to Withdraw, or equivalent, from any postsecondary program will not be considered for admission.

Enrolment: Enrolment is limited to an annual quota of 31 students. Of the 31 positions available 85% are reserved for Alberta residents, 10% for Non-Alberta residents and 5% for International students (see Residence Requirements ).

Because the number of candidates who meet the minimum requirements for admission far exceeds the quota, it should be understood that eligibility does not guarantee admission. Admission is determined on a competitive basis.

  1. Admission Requirements
    Academic Requirements: The minimum requirement for admission to the DDS Program is the satisfactory completion of ★60 of transferable postsecondary work, of which ★30 must be taken during one Fall/Winter.
    The preprofessional requirements are:
    1. General Chemistry (★6)
    2. Organic Chemistry (★6)
    3. Biology(★6)
    4. Physics (★6)
    5. English (★6)
    6. Statistics (★3)
    7. Introductory Biochemistry (★3)

The requirements can be met in various patterns in different faculties. Students are urged to take the program that they find most interesting and that will still give them these prerequisites.

Applicants having sequential high school background courses in English Language Arts 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Mathematics 30-1, and Physics 30 will best be prepared to succeed in the two-year predental program.

Dental Aptitude Test: Each applicant will be required to take the Canadian Dental Association Dental Aptitude Test. The dental aptitude test is an important component in the selection process and must have been written within the last five years.

The latest the test may be written is the autumn prior to admission. If the test is taken more than once the best set of scores will be used. It is up to each applicant to decide whether or not the test should be retaken. Information and application forms are available at www.cda-adc.ca.

The deadline date for submitting Dental Aptitude Test results to the Admissions Office is January 15 of the year admission is sought.

Personal Interview: Interview selection is based on interim transcripts, postsecondary academic record and DAT scores. The interim document deadline is February 1. Competitive applicants will be interviewed by a team to determine if they have the personal qualities necessary for the profession. The interview evaluates an applicant's maturity, motivation, initiative, ability to communicate, personal qualities and interests. The interview schedule differs every year; shortlisted applicants will be advised of the interview dates by letter.

  1. Other Requirements
    1. Language Proficiency Requirements: All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency and Spoken English requirements (see Language Proficiency Requirements ).
    2. Medical Testing and Immunization Requirements: See University Infectious Diseases Regulation .
    3. Proof of Residency Status: Because residency status determines the competitive pool in which an applicant is ranked, applicants may be required to present proof of residency status. See Residence Requirements .
    4. Police Information Checks: Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared.

Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement.

Police Information Checks are due at the time admission is confirmed. Applicants should plan to have their PIC completed prior to an offer of admission.

Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Department of Dentistry. The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that students meet the requirements of clinical agencies lies with the students. Other background checks may be required by a clinical agency, such as a child intervention record check. Students will be advised if any additional background checks are required by a clinical agency. See Requirement for Police Information Checks  and Protection for Persons in Care  for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.

  1. Final Selection
    Applicant profiles are made primarily up of the following:
    1. Overall GPA achieved on all transferable postsecondary work completed as a full-time student taken during Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer Terms. For overall GPA calculation full-time study is equivalent to a minimum of ★18 taken during Fall/Winter Terms or ★12 taken during Spring/Summer Terms.
    2. Dental aptitude test scores
    3. Interview score

In order to be competitive, applicants should strive for a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their university studies. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 will not be considered for admission.

For applicants who have completed four or more years of transferable postsecondary work, the cumulative (overall) GPA is calculated with the deletion of the lowest Fall/Winter GPA, provided it is not the most recent Fall/Winter or the only Fall/Winter where ★30 was taken.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria will not be considered for admission. As admission into the program is limited to a quota of 31 students, the Admissions Committee has the responsibility of selecting those applicants who demonstrate promise to successfully complete the program. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to use its judgment with respect to individual cases.

Applicants who have extenuating circumstances may submit a letter requesting special consideration to the Admissions Committee with supporting documentation. Such applicants must have completed the preprofessional requirements. Applicants seeking special consideration must contact the School of Dentistry Admissions Office prior to submitting their request for a Request for Special Consideration form. Special consideration requests must be received by the Admissions Office by January 31 of the year admission is sought.

Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable tuition deposit within a specified time. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration.

  1. Aboriginal Applicants
    Besides the regular quota positions, an additional position per year is available in the DDS program for a qualified student of Aboriginal identity, within the meaning of the Constitution Act of 1982, Section 35, Part 2. Applicants interested in this program should contact the Administrator, Indigenous Health Initiatives, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. See also Admission of Aboriginal Applicants .

DDS Advanced Placement Program

For detailed application and program information please visit www.dentistry.ualberta.ca.

Limitation of Enrolment: Enrolment is limited.

Because the number of candidates who meet the minimum requirements for admission far exceeds the quota, it should be understood that eligibility does not guarantee admission. Admission is determined on a competitive basis.

  1. Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply to the DDS Advanced Placement program applicants must:

  1. Be graduates of a minimum four-year University dental program, not recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the Joint Commission for Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (JCDA).
  2. Have successfully completed the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) sponsored by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) within five years prior to the application deadline. For information on the NDEB Equivalency Process or to register for the exam please visit www.ndeb.ca.
  3. Letter/s from Licensing Bodies: Applicants who are or have been licensed to practice dentistry in any jurisdiction must submit letters of good standing (in English) from current and previous licensing bodies.
  4. Language Proficiency Requirements: All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency and Spoken English requirements (see Language Proficiency Requirements ).
  5. Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada on or before the deadline date for applications. A notarized copy of proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status must be submitted with the application for admission.
  6. Pre-Entry Examination: Applicants who are considered to have potential based on their application documents and AFK results may qualify for the Pre-Entry Examination. Prior to the examination, a nonrefundable Pre-Entry Examination fee will be required from each applicant. Upon successful completion of the Pre-Entry Examination, applicants will qualify to proceed to the Introduction to DDS Advanced Placement (DDS 829 ).
  7. Introduction to DDS Advanced Placement: Nonrefundable course fees plus mandatory fees for equipment or materials owned or leased is required from each applicant. Refer to www.dentistry.ualberta.ca for detailed information.
  8. Medical Testing and Immunization Requirements: Please see University Infectious Diseases Regulation .
  9. Final Selection: Applicant profiles are made up primarily of results of the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge sponsored by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB), Language Proficiency/Spoken English results, Pre-Entry Examination results, and successful completion of the Introduction to Advanced Placement course (DDS 829 ).

As admission into the program is limited, the Admissions Committee has the responsibility of selecting those applicants who demonstrate promise to successfully complete the program. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to use its judgement with respect to individual cases. The decision concerning admission is final. No appeal mechanism exists.

  1. Police Information Checks: Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared.

Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement.

Police Information Checks are due at the beginning of the Introduction to Advanced Placement course (DDS 829 ). Applicants should plan to have their PIC completed prior to an offer of admission.

Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Department of Dentistry. The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that students meet the requirements of clinical agencies lies with the students. Other background checks may be required by a clinical agency, such as a child intervention record check. Students will be advised if any additional background checks are required by a clinical agency. See Requirement for Police Information Checks  and Protection for Persons in Care  for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.

  1. National Dental Examining Board of Canada (or equivalent) Examinations: In accordance with National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) regulations, students enrolled in Advanced Placement programs are eligible to take the NDEB exams within three months of their expected date of graduation. For further information, refer to the NDEB by-laws governing examinations and certification eligibility, www.ndeb.ca.
  2. Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, successful applicants will be required to confirm their intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable tuition deposit within a specified time. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Application for Admission and Application for Readmission

Only electronic applications are accepted. To access the online application for the University of Alberta go to www.admissions.ualberta.ca.

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. As the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available in the program, a careful selection process is carried out, as described below. 

Applicants should be aware of the total length of time required to obtain a medical degree and following this a licence to practice. The usual time is normally three or four years to complete a baccalaureate degree; four years of medical studies, at which point the MD degree is awarded; and then a minimum of two years of residency before full licensure in Alberta. 

  1. Quotas
    A quota exists in Medicine. 85% of the positions are reserved for Alberta residents and 15% of the positions are for Non-Alberta residents.

    In addition, positions are reserved for qualified applicants from Rural communities (see section VI).

  2. Academic Requirements
    1. Students are required to obtain a baccalaureate degree, from a program recognized by the University of Alberta, prior to admission. 
    2. To be considered for admission, students must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA (cGPA) of 3.3 for Alberta residents or 3.5 for Non-Alberta residents and a minimum of ★60 transferable. At least one academic year (Sept-April or comparable) must be ★30.

      Please note transcript deadlines in Undergraduate Application Procedures  .
  3. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): All applicants must take the MCAT. The MCAT is electronic and there are several writings throughout the year. Please refer to the MCAT website for information on test dates and locations. All information and registration is through the MCAT office at www.aamc.org/mcat. Students must release their MCAT scores through the electronic THx system on the AAMC's website by the application deadline listed in Undergraduate Application Procedures . If an applicant has written the MCAT more than once, MCAT scores from the most successful sitting will be considered by the Faculty. The MCAT must have been written within the last five years prior to application deadline in Undergraduate Application Procedures . All applicants must write the MCAT prior to submitting an application to the program.

  4. Non-Academic Requirements
    1. Letters of Reference: Closed letters of reference are required. Failure to provide these by the deadline in Undergraduate Application Procedures  may result in closure of the applicant's file.
    2. Interview: Qualified applicants must present themselves for a personal interview. 
    3. Spoken English Requirement: Applicants must meet a spoken English requirement (see Spoken English Requirement ).
    4. Personal Requirements: Admission to the MD Program is based on academic performance as well as non-academic experiences and personal qualities. There is no discrimination with respect to the applicant's gender or age in the selection process. 
    5. Additional Assessments: After the application deadline closes, applicants who successfully submitted their Secondary Medicine Application and met the minimum requirements may be required to do additional assessments as determined by the Admissions Committee. Such assessments may include: 
      1. Situational Judgement Test (SJT). 

  5. Selection and Admission

Selection of students for admission to the MD Program follows guidelines established by the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, General Faculties Council, and the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Selection is the responsibility of the MD Admissions Committee.

  1. Selection factors will include but are not limited to:
    1. Cumulative GPA;
    2. MCAT score;
    3. Interview score;
    4. Letters of reference;
    5. Personal activities;
    6. Additional assessments as determined by the Admissions Committee. 

An admission decision is valid only for the Fall/Winter Term for which the applicant applied. 

  1. Police Information Checks: Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared.

Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement or rotation in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement. Students are responsible for having a criminal record check completed upon receiving conditional admission to the Faculty.

Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Faculty. The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that students meet the requirements of clinical agencies lies with the students. Other background checks may be required by a clinical agency, such as a child intervention record check. Students will be advised if any additional background checks are required by a clinical agency. See Requirement for Police Information Checks  for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.

  1. Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their admission and intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable tuition deposit within the time specified in the letter of acceptance. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. (See Program-specific Deposits on Confirmation of Admission ).

  1. Aboriginal Applicants
    The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to the recruitment, retention and graduation of Aboriginal students. All Aboriginal applicants who meet the academic eligibility requirements as outlined in Doctor of Medicine (MD) and who are successful in the Indigenous admissions process will be recommended by the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee to the MD Admissions Committee for admission. For more information, contact the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Students who are of Aboriginal identity within the meaning of the Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35(2) will be considered in this category.

Aboriginal student applicants and prospective pre-medical students should contact the Administrator, Indigenous Health Initiatives Program, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry for individual counseling and career planning. See also Admission of Aboriginal Applicants .

  1. Rural Applicants
    The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry may provide up to ten positions within quota for the MD program to qualified Rural applicants over and above the Rural applicants who were admitted in the regular process. Candidates will meet normal minimum admission requirements as outlined in Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the approval by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions Committee.

Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

Entrance Requirements

  1. Preprofessional Year
    Those wanting to enrol in the BSc Radiation Therapy program must complete a preprofessional year before applying for admission to the Faculty. The required courses or their transfer equivalents are available at various postsecondary institutions in Alberta. Preference will be given to Alberta applicants; however applicants from other provinces may also be considered. Students should, where possible, take the preprofessional requirements (equivalent to ★30 at the University of Alberta) as one year of full-time study.
  2. Academic Requirements
    A minimum of ★30 are required. The appropriate courses would include the following:
    1. English (★3)
    2. Statistics (★3) 
    3. Physics (★6)
    4. Psychology or Sociology (★3)
    5. Mathematics (Calculus) (★3)
    6. Cell Biology (★6)
    7. General Chemistry (★3)
    8. Organic Chemistry (★3)
  3. Other Requirements
    1. Selection Process: The selection process is competitive, and applicants will be ranked primarily on academic achievement in the prerequisite courses. Preference will be given to residents of Alberta. Other factors considered in ranking include overall academic achievement (emphasizing recent academic performance), a demonstrated ability to perform well in a consecutive Fall/Winter Term of full-time or equivalent study, a personal interview, and a career reflection letter.
    2. Spoken Language Requirement: Besides demonstrating overall English language proficiency, students need a further level of spoken English proficiency regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. (See Language Proficiency Requirements ).
    3. Career Reflection Letter: Applicants must submit a career reflection letter outlining evidence of personal reflection regarding their career choice, professional goals, personal skills and attributes, knowledge of the profession, personal experiences, and reasons for seeking admission to the Radiation Therapy program. (See Admission and Readmission Deadlines )
    4. Personal Interview: Interview selection is based on postsecondary academic records and a career reflection letter received by April 1 (see Admission and Readmission Deadlines ). Selected applicants will be interviewed to determine if they have the personal qualities necessary for the profession. The interview evaluates an applicant's empathy, communication, teamwork, reflection, conflict resolution, responsibility, initiative, problem-solving, critical thinking, prioritization and organization. Short-listed applicants will be advised of the interview date.
    5. Criminal Record checks: Applicants should be aware that under the Alberta Protection of People in Care Act, they will be required to satisfy a criminal record check once they are accepted into the Radiation Therapy program (Refer to Requirement for Police Information Checks )
    6. Final Selection: Final admission decisions are made by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee.
    7. Deposit: Upon notification of acceptance, applicants will be required to confirm their intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable deposit within a specified time. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration.
    8. Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada on or before the deadline date for applications. A notarized copy of proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status must be submitted with the application for admission.
    9. Technical Standard: Students who are admitted to this program will satisfy the Technical Skills Policy and acknowledge that they have the skills and abilities noted in the Policy prior to being accepted into the Program. Students who have concerns related to their ability to satisfy these requirements should consult with the program office immediately and prior to the acceptance deadline. Students whose skills and abilities change during their studies must declare this change to the program designate immediately. The program will attempt to provide reasonable accommodation, however, the student may be required to withdraw from the program if this is not possible.

Note: Because the number of candidates who meet the minimum requirements for admission exceeds the quota, it should be understood that eligibility does not guarantee admission. Admission is determined on a competitive basis. 

  1. Aboriginal Applicants
    The Department of Oncology will provide up to one position within the quota for the Bachelor of Science Radiation Therapy program to Aboriginal applicants. Students of Aboriginal identity within the meaning of the Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35, Part 2, or a person accepted by one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as a member of their community, will be considered in this category.

Candidates will be subject to normal minimum admission requirements as outlined in Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy and approval by the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee. If there are no qualified Aboriginal applicants in any given year, the position will be allocated to the general applicant pool.

Aboriginal applicants should contact the Radiation Therapy Program office at radth@ualberta.ca for career planning.

MD/PhD Program

Highly qualified students motivated toward a career in medical research may wish to consider the MD/PhD program. This program is described in the Medicine and Dentistry as well as the Graduate Programs sections.

MD/MBA Program

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Business offer a program of combined study that permits highly qualified students to earn both the MD and MBA degrees in five years.

Each student must apply separately to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (for admission into the MD program) and at any time in the first two years of the MD program, may apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (for admission into the MBA program).