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Application Deadline Advice

Applications can be submitted after October 1 for entry the following September. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Application before January 31 for the following September is recommended.

Application Fee: $46.82

Academic

1. High school graduation or equivalent

2. Achieved at least a C+ average in the following four courses:

  • Biology 11 (or BIO 083)
  • Biology 12 (or BIO 093)
  • Chemistry 11 (or CHEM 083)
  • English 12 or equivalent (or ENGL 099 or ENGL 091).

Non-Academic 

  • program information session (includes writing an application essay outlining why you wish to become a certified dental assistant)
  • work reference and a personal reference from non-relatives
  • satisfactory interview with the program faculty
  • signed medical certificate indicating physical fitness and emotional stability
  • immunizations before final acceptance into the program
  • Dental Oral Health Certificate
  • spend two full working days in a dental office observing office routine and dental procedures
  • Criminal Record Search

Admission Advice  

1. The faculty interview will assess your:
  • knowledge of and motivation for a dental assistant career;
  • financial preparation;
  • communication skills;
  • experience with patients in the health care field as a volunteer and/or employee;
  • experience in working with the public.

2. Admission is based on a rating system that offers points for:

  • prerequisite courses
  • work/volunteer experience
  • letter of reference
  • persistent efforts to upgrade
  • application essay
  • personal interview

English Language Requirements

Summary

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following to enter full time academic study (minimum score):

  • Two years of study and graduation from an English-language secondary school
  • Completion of a degree, diploma, or two years of study with a 2.00 CGPA at an English language post-secondary institution recognized by UFV
  • A C+ grade in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, IB English A (Standard or Higher Level) or AP English
  • A TOEFL score of 88 (internet based),
  • A TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 320 (computer based) with a 4.0 TWE (essay) score
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • A UFV Composition Placement Test score of 48
  • A CAEL score of 70
  • A Cambridge score of a C
  • A CanTEST score of 4.5 with a writing score of 4.0
  • A MELAB score of 85
  • A LPI score of 30 (Level 5)
  • A UFV English as a second language assessment result equivalent to the completion of 80 level ESL writing and grammar
  • Completion of any course or test score with grades that meet the prerequisites for ENGL 105, ENGL 120, CMNS 125 or CMNS 155
  • A C- grade in a first year English or Communications course at UFV
  • A C grade in ENGL 099 or CMNS 099
  • A C+ grade in ENGL 081, ENGL 091 or ESL WG84
  • An Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 80 and an Accuplacer WritePlacer score of 6

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Beyond program admission requirements, you should also be aware of UFV's English language entrance proficiency requirement.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (detailed within the program admission requirements section for UFV programs within Education Planner).

Many programs require students to have BC secondary school graduation or equivalent to meet entrance requirements. Complete program admission requirements for all UFV programs are detailed in Education Planner.

The following links also offer helpful advice regarding Secondary School grades and transcripts for the admission process:


 

Out-of-Province

Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (detailed within the program admission requirements section for UFV programs within Education Planner).

Many programs require applicants to have the equivalent of BC Secondary school graduation to meet entrance requirements. To determine the equivalency of BC secondary school graduation from other parts of Canada please click here.

 

 

BC Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from another BC post-secondary institution to UFV please click here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from an out-of-province post-secondary institution to UFV please click here.

Mature Student

Post-secondary programs at UFV normally require BC secondary school graduation (or equivalent) for admission. However, some programs accept mature students without secondary school graduation. Each program has specific admission requirements in place to ensure students have a reasonable opportunity to succeed. If mature student entry is available for a program, the requirements and minimum age will be stated. These program admission requirements are outlined for all of UFV's programs in Education Planner.

 

 

International Student

International applicants must have completed the equivalent of Canadian Grade 12 (or near-equivalent standing) plus specific program prerequisites for admission to any UFV career, technical or academic program. In addition, minimum English requirements must also be met.

For more details on UFV's general admission requirements and English requirements for International applicants please click here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Special Admission - Any individual who does not qualify for admission through any of the other avenues may petition the UFV Academic Standards Committee for special consideration.

How to Apply

For step-by-step application advice to UFV please click here.

Education Building Options for this program are not available.

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