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Preparatory Program (Dent-P)

Requirements

Applicants must be recognized residents of Quebec and enrolled in the second and final year of the Sciences Profile of the Quebec Colleges of General and Professional Education (CEGEP) to be eligible to apply for the five-year program.

Applicants who have followed a combined three-year Science program (example: 200.11, 200.12, 200.13, 200.15, 200.16), or have followed the joint Science and International Baccalaureate program (200.10) are also eligible providing they are currently enrolled in the final year of the DCS and that they have not extended the length of their program.

Applicants must have undertaken a minimum of six courses (13.33 credits) in each regular semester.

The integrated Arts & Science program (700.A0) is also acceptable, providing the applicants have obtained the necessary competencies listed in the 'Requirements' section.

The Faculty accepts applicants from Collège international Marie de France and Collège Stanislas as part of this category under the following conditions:

  • must be a recognized resident of Québec;
  • must be in the final year (année terminale) of the Séries S;
  • must have attended the institution, at minimum, for 1ere année and année terminale in full;
  • must not have extended the length of their program for reasons of personal choice;
  • must have an R score along with course attestation (provided by school).

Applicants currently following a Sport-Études program in either Science or the integrated Arts & Science are eligible to apply. Such applicants must submit a special form which describes in detail all relevant sport activities. A sub-committee of the Admissions Committee will determine the eligibility of the student.

The five-year program consists of a Dental Preparatory (Dent- P) year followed by the regular four-year dental program. During the Dent-P year, students are registered in the Faculty of Science and must take courses totalling 30 credits. There are several required courses as well as a number of elective courses selected for the purpose of broadening and enriching their education.

The assessment of an applicant's academic performance for Cegep-level applicants is based on the overall R score (cote de rendement au collégial). As an indicator of the cote de rendement that is competitive, here are the CRC averages for admitted Dental Preparatory students in the past three years:

2014 34.27
2013 34.38
2012 34.74

Required courses

Biology – NYA (00UK), General Biology II (00XU)
Chemistry – NYA (00UL), NYB (OOUM), Organic Chemistry I (00XV)
Mathematics – NYA (00UN), NYB (00UP)
Physics – NYA (00UR), NYB (00US), NYC (00UT)

Students in the 700.A0 program must have completed the Biology objectives of 01Y5 and 01YJ, strictly follow their CEGEP curriculum, and take every opportunity to complete the following: Chemistry 01YH and Physics 01YF or 01YG

The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is no longer an admissions requirement.

Applicants not admissible to the Dent-P program

  • applicants who are completing a Diploma of Collegial Studies in more than two years (with the exception of certain students taking a "double DEC" or those enrolled in an approved SportsÉtudes program);
  • Applicants who have already obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies who are registered in an undergraduate degree program or who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible.

These students must apply to the four-year program.

Objectives

Students in the DENT-P program are admitted by Faculty of Dentistry, but are officially registered in the Faculty of Science for the duration of the Preparatory Year. Students must meet the following academic objectives in order to be admitted into the Four-Year Undergraduate Dental Program (DMD).

Academic objectives

The primary educational objective of the DENT-P program is to offer students the opportunity to adapt to university-level academics before undertaking the rigorous curriculum of the DMD program. To achieve this objective, students must complete two consecutive semesters of a Bachelor of Science-style curriculum. All students are required to complete four obligatory courses (12 credits), two complementary sciences (6 credits) and the remaining 12 credits are chosen by the student through a list of complementary and elective courses.

Criteria for successful completion of the DENT-P

As a DENT-P student, your objectives as follows:

  • Minimum of 30 credits over two semesters (Fall, Winter), where at least 27 of those credits are graded;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.50 (on 4.00);
  • Minimum grade of B in each of the four required courses of BIOL 200 (Molecular Biology), BIOL 201 (Cell Biology & Metabolism), PHGY 209 (Mammalian Physiology 1) and PHGY 210 (Mammalian Physiology 2);
  • Minimum grade of B in each of the two complementary sciences (tracks);
  • Passing grades for the remaining complementary and elective courses.

Students who fulfill all of the criteria shall be considered to have successfully completed the requirements for admission to the DMD program for the subsequent year.

Students who fulfill all of the criteria BUT have ONE course grade below B (in a required or complementary science course) shall have their candidacies assessed by the Student Promotions Committee. Possible outcomes of this review include, but are not limited to:

  • Admission into year 1 of the DMD program for the subsequent year;
  • Granting a one-year extension of the DENT-P program, within the Faculty of Science, during which students must demonstrate academic improvement and consistency, and may be required to take certain courses. At the end of this second DENT-P year, the candidacy shall be assessed again by the Student Promotions Committee for potential admission into year 1 of the DMD program.

Students whose CGPA is between 3.35 and 3.49 and who have no mark below B- shall have their candidacies assessed by the Student Promotions Committee. Possible outcomes of this review include, but are not limited to:

  • Admission into year 1 of the DMD program for the subsequent year;
  • Granting a one-year extension of the DENT-P program, within the Faculty of Science, during which students must demonstrate academic improvement and consistency, and may be required to take certain courses. At the end of this second DENT-P year, the candidacy shall be assessed again by the Student Promotions Committee for potential admission into year 1 of the DMD program;
  • Candidacy for admission into the DMD program is not retained, in which case the student may be eligible to continue in their degree program within the Faculty of Science.

Students with a CGPA between 3.35 and 3.49 with at least one course with a mark below B- shall have their candidacies assessed by the Student Promotions Committee.  Possible outcomes of this review include, but are not limited to:

  • Granting a one-year extension of the DENT-P program, within the Faculty of Science, during which students must demonstrate academic improvement and consistency, and may be required to take certain courses. At the end of this second DENT-P year, the candidacy shall be assessed again by the Student Promotions Committee for potential admission into year 1 of the DMD program;
  • Candidacy for admission into the DMD program is not retained, in which case the student may be eligible to continue their degree program within the Faculty of Science.

Students with a CGPA between 3.20 and 3.34 AND with all credits passed without condition (i.e. minimum grade of C or S) shall have their candidacies assessed by the Student Promotions Committee. Possible outcomes of this review include, but are not limited to:

  • Granting a one-year extension of the DENT-P program, within the Faculty of Science, during which students must demonstrate academic improvement and consistency, and may be required to take certain courses. At the end of this second DENT-P year, the candidacy shall be assessed again by the Student Promotions Committee for potential admission into year 1 of the DMD program;
  • Candidacy for admission into the DMD program is not retained, in which case the student may be eligible to continue their degree program within the Faculty of Science.

Students with a CGPA of 3.19 and below shall not be eligible for admission to the DMD program in the subsequent year and shall not be eligible for an extension of DENT-P program. Such students may be eligible to continue their degree program within the Faculty of Science.

Students who have not successfully passed all credits shall not be eligible for admission to the DMD program in the subsequent year and shall not be eligible for an extension of DENT-P program. Such students may be eligible to continue their degree program within the Faculty of Science.

Student Promotions Committee

Students who do not meet any of the DENT-P criteria for any reason not contemplated by this policy shall be assessed by the Student Promotions Committee where possible outcomes include (but are not limited to) any of those mentioned above.

Where a student’s file is considered by the Student Promotions Committee, students shall be notified in writing and invited to provide the Committee with a letter of explanation and any relevant and official supporting documents.

2015 Admission Statistics 

The table below shows the number of applications received by the Faculty of Dentistry for the 5-year Dental Preparatory Program, the number of applicants interviewed and their cote R.

The cote R is not the only factor considered to obtain an interview and an admission offer. Please see information on the selection process here.

 

Applicant Category Number of Applications Number of Applicants Interviewed Number of Applicants Admitted
5-Year Dental Preparatory Program 142 53  
Average Cote R: 33.0 Average Cote R: 34.74  
Mode Cote R: 34.0 Mode Cote R: 34.4  

 

Curriculum

Please note that the curriculum for the Preparatory Program (DENT-P) is currently being revised.

A student accepted to the five-year program will be required to register for a full year in the Faculty of Science. In that year, the student must take courses totalling 30 credits. Following the successful completion of this year, determined by a Student Promotions Committee, students will proceed into the first year of the four-year program. Students must obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 with all individual grades "B" or higher for obligatory courses and complementary sciences, and passing grades for the remaining complementary and elective courses to be promoted into the first year of the DMD Program.

Please note that a grade of B in all courses would lead to a GPA of 3.0 and that a grade of B in required courses and grades below B in complementary courses would lead to a GPA below 3.0.

 

A - OBLIGATORY COURSES (12 credits)

You are required to register in and achieve a minimum grade of B in the following:

BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

B - COMPLEMENTARY SCIENCES (6 credits)

You are required to register for 6 credits (usually 2 courses) as presented in one of the following tracks. You are expected to have a minimum grade of B in all courses for this section. The following two courses are highly recommended and would be very beneficial for students who have not taken genetics and statistics in CEGEP:

  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics
  • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1

 

A. Physiology, Anatomy, Cell Biology

ANAT 261 Intro to Dynamic Histology 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 373 Biometry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 202 Basic Genetics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 204 Physical Chem./Biol.Sci. 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 222 Intro Organic Chemistry 2 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

B. Physiology, Biochemistry

CHEM 204 Physical Chem./Biol.Sci. 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 222 Intro Organic Chemistry 2 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 287 Intro Analytical Chemistry 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 297 Intro Analytical Chem. Lab. 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

C. Biology

BIOL 202 Basic Genetics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 206 Meth in Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 215 Intro to Ecology and Evolution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

D. Environmental Sciences

BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 206 Meth in Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENVR 200 The Global Environment 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENVR 202 The Evolving Earth 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

E. Chemistry

CHEM 223 Intro Phys Chem 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 253 Intro Phys Chem 1 Lab 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 243 Intro Phys Chem 2 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 263 Intro Phys Chem 2 Lab 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 222 Intro Organic Chemistry 2 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 281 Inorganic Chemistry 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 287 Intro Analytical Chemistry 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 297 Intro Analytical Chem. Lab. 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

F. Mathematics

MATH 235 Algebra 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 236 Algebra 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 323 Probability 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 242 Analysis 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 314 Advanced Calculus 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

G. Psychology and Neuroscience

PSYC 211 Intro Behavioural Neuroscience 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PSYC 212 Perception 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 232 Heat and Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 309 Mathematical Models in Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 204 Principles of Statistics 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PSYC 305 Statistics for Exper Design 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

H. Physics

PHYS 230 Dynamics of Simple Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 241 Signal Processing 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 223 Linear Algebra 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

C - COMPLEMENTARY HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, LANGUAGE (min. 9 credits)

You are required to register in 9 credits spanning at least two (2) of the three realms of: a) Humanities; b) Social Sciences; c) Languages. Any credits surpassing the 9-credit minimum will be counted as elective credits in section D.

D - ELECTIVE (max. 3 credits)

If there are any credits remaining of the minimum total 30 credits required, you may choose from any available course in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Arts. You have the option to choose the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading system for your elective course. Do not surpass 33 credits for the entire year.