Is SODC a good fit for you? Please check Dental hygiene requirements below
1. Application Form and Fee
All applicants must complete the SODC Application Form which can be downloaded on our website. This completed form should be submitted with all the required documentation listed in this Admission section. Your application must also be accompanied by the $250 application fee (non-refundable), payable by cash or money order/bank draft made out to the SOUTHERN ONTARIO DENTAL COLLEGE. The application fee includes the cost of processing applications as well as the entrance exam and interview.
2. Academic Requirements
The minimum academic requirement for admission to the Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene Program is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits), or its equivalent, with senior courses from the College (C), University (U), or University/College (M) level, in the following areas: a minimum 70% grade in English, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Social Sciences (e.g. history, geography, law, psychology, etc.), and any elective courses. Cooperative courses in these subjects are not considered as having met these academic requirements.
3. Official Transcripts
Official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary educational institutions must accompany the application. The transcripts must be placed in the institution’s official envelope, sealed and signed by the Registrar across the seal. All transcripts not provided in English are required to be translated into English by a recognized translator and notarized.
A personal statement of 500-600 words in length must be submitted by the applicant and should describe all of the following:
- Your academic, extra-curricular, and/or professional preparation for a career in dental assisting or dental hygiene
- Your reasons for wanting to enroll in the dental assisting or dental hygiene program
- Your career plans upon completion of the program at SODC
5.Letter of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a science instructor/teacher, a counselor, or an advisor. The letter of recommendation should reflect on the applicant’s personal, and on the applicant’s suitability to pursue studies and a career in dental assisting. The letter of recommendation must be placed in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature across the seal to ensure confidentiality.
Applicants are required to write an entrance exam that is designed to assess the applicants’ academic knowledge and problem-solving skills. This exam covers four skill areas: English, Mathematics, Science, and Reasoning. Please note that applicants must bring at least one piece of government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver’s license, health card, or passport) on the test day.
Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation: one academic recommendation from a science instructor/teacher, a counsellor, or an advisor; and one from a healthcare professional, preferably a dentist or dental hygienist. The letter of recommendation should reflect on the applicant’s personal and professional attributes, and on the applicant’s suitability to pursue studies and a career in dental hygiene. All letters of recommendation must be placed in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature across the seal to ensure confidentiality.
8.Students Educated Outside Canada
Applicants who have completed either their secondary or post-secondary education in a country other than Canada must submit an assessment report of all qualifications obtained to the Admissions Office. This comprehensive assessment report can be obtained from the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS of Canada). For further information on this service, please contact or visit ICAS at: ICAS of Canada, 147 Wyndham St. N., Suite 409, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 4E9; Telephone: 519-763-7282 or 800-321-6021 (toll free in Canada); Facsimile: 519-763 6964; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; URL: http://www.icascanada.ca.
In addition, applicants who have completed post-secondary education in a country other than Canada must also submit a certified copy of the individual course descriptions for each postsecondary course taken. All course descriptions not provided in English are required to be translated to English by a recognized translator and notarized.
9. English Language Proficiency
The language of instruction at the Southern Ontario Dental College is English. All applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English. Applicants whose first language is not English must either have completed at least two years of full-time academic study in a country where English is the first language, or provide evidence to the Admissions Office of having achieved an appropriate standard in a recognized test of English proficiency* before the application deadline.
*The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one such test recognized by SODC. Applicants must achieve at least a score of 7 on the Academic IELTS (version).
*Please note that if acceptable proof of English proficiency is not received, the application will not be processed. In addition, tests taken more than two years prior to the date of application will not be considered. Official test scores must be sent by the testing agency directly to the Admissions Office. If this is not possible, SODC will accept a notarized copy of a valid score report submitted with the application.