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Monday, June 19th, 2017

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

Students at JCU dental school

Absolutely! Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application – Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations – Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation – Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification – When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure – Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

Ready to take that next step? Apply to an Australian dental school!

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Do you need help with your Australian dental school application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

What are the Australian dental school application deadlines?

Wondering what the admissions timelines are for our Australian dental schools? We’re so glad you asked!

Interested in studying dentistry in Australia?

Here are the application deadlines. Remember, it’s always best to apply as soon as possible since dentistry admissions can be very competitive.

University of Western Australia

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 6
Deadline: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Charles Sturt University

Degree: Bachelor Dental Science
International places: 10
Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Note: CSU uses application rounds; however, the program fills quickly. You are encouraged to apply no later than this date.

University of Sydney

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Note: As the cycle is short, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Melbourne

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Note: If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you should have all application documents submitted to OzTREKK approximately a week prior to the deadline.

James Cook University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: August 30, 2017
Note: While the deadline is in August, in the past, the university has issued early offers to highly qualified students through the summer. If you apply early, there may be an opportunity to meet with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine when they are in Canada for med interviews (end of June). This is strongly recommended if you are interested in studying at JCU.

University of Queensland

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Science
International places: 40
Deadline: October 30, 2017
Note: As this program is extremely competitive, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Features of the University of Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine

As Australia’s first dental school, the Sydney Dental School has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years.

Sydney graduates are caring, clear thinking, clinically outstanding and research capable. They are engaged and globally aware and have the capability to become leaders in oral health, dentistry and research.

Features of the University of Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine

Learn more about Sydney Dental School

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is based on a full recognition of the greater level of academic maturity and higher level analytical, clinical and communication skills of postgraduate students. This allows for higher order learning with a greater emphasis on independent, self-directed learning. Consequently it is expected that students will achieve quantitatively and qualitatively greater clinical (i.e., patient-based) experience.

Important features of the DMD include

  • focusing on the relevance of medical sciences to oral health and to dental practice;
  • earlier patient-based clinical experience and increased clinical experience to be obtained in clinics in metropolitan, rural and remote areas;
  • science-based prerequisite coursework;
  • utilising contemporary teaching and learning methods aligned to a course at a master’s degree level, with emphasis on electronic resources and learner–centred studies to provide the foundation material/knowledge, supported by tutorials to facilitate understanding and reflection
  • development of graduates who consistently display higher-order cognitive skills to synthesise, integrate and translate research and knowledge to communication and clinical skills, and practice dentistry at the highest professional and ethical level;
  • a defined research component as foundation to an evidence-based approach to professional practice, clearly distinguishing the education from a skills-based approach. Furthermore, this will prepare students for higher degree research studies and possible careers in research and/or academia;
  • the development of leadership skills which distinguish the Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine graduates and their contribution to the dental profession, academia and public health services;
  • exposure, either in person or through mentoring, to international oral health activities.

University of Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine

The University of Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine is an extremely popular program! It is recommended that candidates submit their applications as early as possible.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, applications closed June 21, 2016.

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!

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Find out more about the Doctor of Dental Medicine at Sydney Uni! Contact Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Interested in applying to dentistry? Which Australian dental schools accept students directly from high school? Which schools require the DAT? Are your grades competitive?

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Meet OzTREKK Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith

Get all your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

The University of Ottawa Pre-Dental Club is partnering with OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith to discuss everything you need to know about applying to a dentistry program in Australia!

Australian Dental School Info Session

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Room 285, 129 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa
RSVP: Please register if you would like to attend this event!

For more information about the event, please visit the University of Ottawa Pre-dental Club’s Facebook page, or email uopredentalclub@gmail.com.

About Australian dental schools

In Australia, there are two distinct pathways to studying dentistry, both of which lead you to become a dentist.

Graduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools offer a graduate-entry dental program. This pathway is exactly the same as in Canada, where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, and then you apply to a four-year dental program.

Undergraduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools allow you to enter into a dental program directly from high school or with a partially completed undergraduate degree. These undergraduate degrees are typically five years.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

Griffith University Dental School
James Cook University Dental School
University of Melbourne Dental School
University of Queensland Dental School
University of Sydney Dental School

Get all the details on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

It’s “DAT” time of year, pre-dentistry students!

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Applying to the 2018 intake at an Australian dental school?

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this February 2017. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.

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Don’t forget to register to write the DAT!

As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017)

Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format

There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes

Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

*Does not require DAT for admission.

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Discover more about studying dentistry in Australia! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars January 2017

Have you ever considered studying medicine or dentistry at the University of Sydney in Australia? How can studying in Australia advance your career?

Sydney Medicine Dentistry Seminars January 2017

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

Get your questions answered!

Join OzTREKK and the University of Sydney for the upcoming Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars!

Find out why the University of Sydney is one of the top universities in the world! Enjoy refreshments, speak with Sydney Uni representatives and alumni, and learn more about what happens after graduation and the accreditation process so you can practice in Canada!

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

Dalhousie University
Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, SUB

University of Toronto
Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: MB128, Lassonde Mining Building

Western University
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: McKellar Room, UCC

University of Calgary
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Location: Escalus Room, MacEwan Centre

University of Alberta
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-150

University of British Columbia
Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Performance Theatre, AMS

Don’t forget to RSVP!

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Discover more about studying medicine or dentistry at Sydney Uni. Please let us know if you have questions about these information sessions! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf Part 2

If you’re considering studying dentistry in Australia, you’ve come to the right place.

Every year, OzTREKK helps hundreds of prospective students apply to dental schools in Australia, and because of the reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia regarding dentistry accreditation, getting a dentistry degree in Australia is a very attractive option for many people—including OzTREKK student Lorynn Westad, who’s currently in her first year at Sydney Dental School.

(Continuation from “From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf“)

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Me as a Rural Health Ambassador (med, physio, pharmacy, nursing were also present) with the Mirage Rural Health Initiative on their trip demonstrating some fine motor skills required for dentistry to some eager high school students

My educational background is fairly unremarkable. I came from a small public school in a farming community, my elementary school class only having five people in my grade. My high school had approximately 90 people in my grade and was located in an industry town with trade occupations dominating the future career interests of most of my classmates. Upon graduation I was one of three people who ventured out of the community to pursue university study and commenced my journey towards becoming a dental professional.

Choosing to study dentistry

I had a positive experience as a kid. I had absolutely terrible teeth, so bad I never smiled in pictures because I was extremely self-conscious. To make things even more difficult, because of my occlusion, I also had a very obvious speech impediment that truly affected my ability to create and take advantage of social opportunities, and impacted my confidence a great deal. Eventually, I was able to get braces. In as little as a few months my teeth straightened significantly. It totally revolutionised my concept of self, and my self-esteem.

“The best things in life are worth working for.”

In addition, my speech improved to a point where my impediment was barely noticeable. Being able to appreciate what a huge difference the state of my smile made for me, I became quite fascinated by everything to do with teeth, and wanted to do the same for others one day. Plus with dentistry being a perfect integration of arts and science, it was a natural fit for me and I became determined to become part of the profession.

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Real action shot from sim clinic from the POV of the mannequin

Choosing to move to Australia

Studying abroad, particularly for the entirety of your degree, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With a desire for adventure and taking the path less travelled, I decided that studying in Australia was something that I had to do.

The Sydney was my first choice as I was attracted to the fact that the university offered the graduate-level Doctor of Dental Medicine, as well as the beautiful city itself is on the coast. I know that my choice to come to the University of Sydney was the right one.

Choosing to embrace a challenge

I am enjoying the DMD program immensely, although I have never studied so much in my entire life. The program is extremely challenging, more so than I had initially thought, but despite it being overwhelming sometimes it is an excellent program. I was shocked that in the very first few weeks we start attending Simulation Clinic where we practice and develop our manual dexterity by drilling, filling, and polishing the teeth of our mannequin. Most programs don’t introduce this practical component so early, and I think having the early introduction, maximizing my opportunity to develop my practical skills will shape me into a very competent (and confident!) dentist upon graduation.

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Me with some fellow dental/medical students (newfound friends) after the 5K Color Run in Sydney

Choosing where to live

I ended up going with university accommodation at International House. It’s amazing because it’s right on campus, but the only fallback was that since the Sydney dental program is so busy, I haven’t been able to be as active in the International House community as I would like.

Living on campus is perfect for me. The only drawback is that it is expensive. I pay about $430 a week for a self-catered studio (fully furnished, unlimited internet, all utilities included). The nice thing was everything was set up for me when I got there so I didn’t have to stress at all.

“Studying abroad, particularly for the entirety of your degree, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

If I had any advice, I would say living on campus for the first semester is the best way to get used to Sydney. If you can get a half-year lease—many of my friends moved to less expensive or more attractive locations during their mid-semester break, but it’s really tough to know the area at first—don’t be intimidated. You’ll be oriented in no time!

Choosing to share tips with others

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Me intermingling with the medical students at the Annual Medical Ball (they call me the “honorary med student”—made friends with med and dent!)

Watch flights for months before you go, as sometimes there are some really great deals. One of my classmates had a ticket for $600$ CAD one way—he just had a 22-hour layover in Hawaii. He spent most of his layover on the beach!

Plan early! It’s an expensive investment in yourself so make sure that it’s right for you. If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. Identify where you could improve, whether that be with your DAT, GPA, or interview, and take the initiative to improve your areas of weakness! Don’t be discouraged!

I’m glad about the lack of Canadian winter! But honestly, the friendships that I’m building—that’s my favourite part. It’s an amazing adventure and a phenomenal opportunity, but prepare to work hard! Use your resources, make friends, and inspire each other. Embrace the challenge positively and believe in yourself.

The best things in life are worth working for.

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Are you interested in studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, October 17th, 2016

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Believe it or not, Canada and Australia have a lot more in common that you think: friendly, relaxed people; small population relative to land area; cities and towns relatively far apart; population concentrated along borders; a need for rural and remote health care; and weather extremes. While Australia boasts lofty, soaring temperatures, Canada lifts its chin with an icy stare and subzero grin. Aussies are proud of their ability to roast in the heat, and Canadians are keenly aware of their defence of hockey, Tim Hortons, and ability to frolic outside in the bitter cold sans heavy-duty winter gear.

Yes, we Canadians can endure chilly winters, but compared to say, the real Great White North, how cold are we?

Meet Lorynn. She’s from Yellowknife. Lorynn decided to swap Canadian snow for Australian surf and just a little bit of dentistry at the University of Sydney, New South Wales. Here’s her story!

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Enjoying  a NWT plane ride

My name is Lorynn Westad. I’m from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in Canada. Even some Canadians are uncertain where Yellowknife is, but most know that it is far, far north. This is true, and Yellowknife is actually the last capital city in the northern direction before you leave Canada and head over the North Pole.

Some people know Yellowknife from the TV shows Ice Road Truckers, or Ice Pilots, both of which are filmed out of Yellowknife. It’s no coincidence that both of these shows include Ice in their titles. As you can gather by the location, we experience weather extremes unlike anything encountered in the southern Canadian provinces. People think it’s absolutely crazy that I would choose to live in such a remote area where you are in a constant battle with the weather, but the truth is, Yellowknife is a very special place, too.

There are three questions that I am commonly asked by people once they find out where I live:

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Ice Palace for the community

1. Wow, it must be cold up there! How cold does it get and is it cold year-round?

Yes, it gets extremely cold sometimes. From October to the end of March each year, you get everything from 5° Celsius, all the way down to -50° Celsius—and that doesn’t include the windchill factor. Head-to-toe Canada Goose down-wear is a necessity, unless of course you want to freeze.

In addition to the cold, our days are extremely short during the winter, with some days only having a small sliver of sunlight for a few hours before the darkness returns. Fortunately, we come together as a community in those months to play indoor sports, have community social functions, and the notorious Ice King builds a breathtaking ice palace for the entire community to enjoy.

During the summer months (June to August), the Yellowknife area is the most beautiful place to be. You have sun all day long, temperatures ranging from the low 20s to the high 30s, and beautiful expansive lakes with unrivalled fishing. In fact, it is so nice we even have a beach, a popular hangout for the entire community, with weekly beach volleyball games and paddleboarding if you should choose.

2. Have you ever seen the Northern Lights?

This is one of the most amazing parts about where I live. I see the Northern lights at least once a week if not more often. Pinks, greens, blues, purples—there’s a reason people travel from far and wide to see our phenomenal aurora borealis!

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Current Sydney DMD student, Lorynn Westad

3. What do you do for fun there?

During the summer there’s limitless opportunity and possibility for outdoor sports. Some of the best fishing in Canada can be found in the numerous massive lakes surrounding Yellowknife with lake trouts weighing up to an impressive 80lbs being yielded from the lake.

In the summer, you can go camping at the nearby Fred Henne Campground, go for a hike through the numerous trails, or go down to the sand dunes with a four-wheeler with your friends. Every July, Yellowknife also hosts the “Folk on the Rocks” music festival where people come from far and wide come to enjoy great music, wonderful company, and good food.

During the winter, there is no shortage of recreational sports teams that you can join. With a multiplex housing with indoor soccer fields, a Racquet Club, and open gymnasiums at the numerous schools in the community (for basketball, badminton, and volleyball), you can always find a way to keep active with your neighbours and friends. Since Yellowknife is so isolated, everyone in the town depends on each other and there is a very strong sense of community—you certainly don’t have to go very far to find a familiar smiling face.

Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine

The Sydney Dental School’s DMD is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years

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Stay tuned for Lorynn’s next blog: why she chose to study dentistry so far away from home—the University of Sydney, Australia!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Sydney Faculty of Dentistry hosts Annual Dentistry Research Day

We are always impressed at the ability of our students, and once again, they’ve made us feel proud and delighted at their accomplishments!

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry hosted its annual Research Day at the Westmead Education and Conference Centre, where several former OzTREKK students were recognised.

Throughout the day, more than 400 students, University of Sydney staff and local health district employees attended the 22 presentations and viewed the 23 research posters, together these showcase the breadth and depth of research conducted by the University of Sydney.

Sydney Dental School

Sydney celebrates Annual Dentistry Research Day (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

The morning comprised oral presentations from dentistry staff and PhD students, with the afternoon sessions focusing on presentations from postgraduate and HDR students.

Presentations included

  • the impact of Big Data providing new opportunities for dental research in Australia;
  • brainstorming the future dental profession;
  • management of open bites;
  • bone tissue engineering applications;
  • intercellular cytoplasmic exchange; and
  • Role of cardiac transcription factor nkx2-5 in tongue development and regeneration—can tongue progenitors save the heart?

Research Day is recognised as important to Australia’s dentists, demonstrated by the generous support of the dental companies who sponsored the trade show, where networking during the breaks took place. A number of the presentations were recorded for podcasts by the ADA NSW for their recently developed series – The Dental Practitioner Podcast Series.

Prizes awarded during the day:

  • Best DMD Poster Presentation: Jane Chung, Jessica Fung, Ronald Ho and Claire Ko – Measuring the effect of acidic beverages on the torque to failure of resin modified glass ionomer (We spy some former OzTREKK dentistry students here!)
  • Best BOH Poster Presentation: Danya Darwiche and Marnie Hannon – Fresh start smiles for J&FMHN Long Bay correctional complex
  • Best DClinDent Oral Presentation: Hugh Lenehan – Evaluation of Westran pigs as an animal model for implant osseointegration and alveolar distraction using orthodontic forces
  • Best HDR Oral Presentation: Antonia Scott – The importance of the palatoglossal airspace on the quality of digital panoramic radiographs

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Do you think the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry is right for you? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com for more information!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this November and February 2017. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Study dentistry in Australia!

As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.

Upcoming DAT dates

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 (Deadline to register is September 15)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017)

Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format

There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes

Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.