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    What is my TMDSAS ID?

    Your TMDSAS ID is the number assigned to each applicant once the application has been started and a personal password has been chosen. It is important that applicants remember their ID and password to gain access to secure data relating to the application. For example, the retrieval of an unfinished application, viewing the application after submission, submitting preferences, viewing the status of supporting documents and viewing the applicant profile.

    Your personal ID number must be included on ALL correspondence with TMDSAS.

    What if I forget my password?

    Click on the [Login] button in the top right-hand corner of this page. Under [Forgotten Password], enter your email or username and click on [Reset Password]. Your password will be emailed to the address you have indicated in the application.

    Who can apply using the TMDSAS application?

    The TMDSAS application is for students applying to participating medical, dental and veterinary schools as a first-time entering student.

    The application is not used for transfer students, advanced standing students and students applying to internship or residency programs. In those cases, applicants should contact the schools directly. Applicants must meet the minimum educational requirements.

    Can I prepare my essay and other text information in Word and then copy and paste it into the application?

    To avoid formatting issues, we recommend typing your essay directly into the TMDSAS application rather than cutting and pasting your essay from other software. Copying formatted text into the application may result in formatting issues that cannot be edited once your application has been submitted.

    We also encourage you to proofread carefully! Grammatical and/or typographical errors will not be corrected once your application is submitted to TMDSAS.

    What should be included in my personal essay?

    The admissions committees recommend being specific when discussing your motivation for seeking a career in the dental field. Discuss people, experiences, and events that have contributed to your decision and how you have prepared yourself for your goal of becoming a dentist. Indicate your goals relevant to the profession and discuss them within the context of your vision for your future practice. Content is more important than length.

    You are limited to 5000 characters for your personal essay. Space and symbols count towards the character limit.

    What can I do to strengthen my application?

    • Apply early
    • Read the instructions thoroughly
    • Proof your application thoroughly before submitting
    • Get all supporting documents (transcripts, evaluation letters, etc.) in to TMDSAS early, preferably at the same time you submit your online application
    • Complete any required secondary applications at the same time you submit your application to TMDSAS
    • Keep TMDSAS updated of any changes to your application
    • Send updated transcripts to TMDSAS at the end of each semester that coursework is completed between time of application until matriculation into dental school

    Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses?

    AP or CLEP credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. Lump sum credit is not accepted. If these do not appear on the transcript, an official letter from the registrar is required.

    It is recommended that you follow your AP credit with higher level courses in the subject.

    What does "Last Taken" mean when entering the coursework in the College and Coursework in section?

    "Last Taken" is asking "was this the last time you took this course?". Most coursework will be answered yes ("Y").

    Instances where you would answer no ("N"):

    1. If you withdrew and re-took or plan to take the course again. For the first time you took the course enter no ("N"). When retaken, enter yes ("Y").
    2. If you received a C, D, F, took a Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit course then re-took the course for a better grade, enter no ("N") for the first time taken and enter yes ("Y") for the second time taken.
    Last Time Taken Help

    Course was taken and passed

    Enter [Yes] for Last Time Taken.

    Course was taken and grade received was C, D, F, Fail or No-Credit and class was retaken for a higher grade

    Enter [No] for first time the course was taken (with the low grade).

    Enter [Yes] for the last time the course was taken (with the higher grade).

    What are the Supporting Documents?

    The supporting documents include official transcripts, official test scores and letters of evaluation. For detailed information go to the Application Instructions section.

    What if I don't know my Visa or Permanent Resident number or expiration date?

    Enter zeroes if you are unsure of your Visa or Permanent Resident number. You can enter your expiration date as ten years from the issue date. TMDSAS will enter the correct information upon receiving copies of your Visa or Permanent Resident card. Please make sure that the copies you send to TMDSAS are clear and legible.

    What is considered a "complete application"?

    A complete application means TMDSAS has received the following:

    1. Submitted and complete online application
    2. Application fee
    3. Transcripts - you must submit updated transcripts each time coursework is completed between the time of application and planned enrollment in to dental school
    4. Letters of Evaluation
    5. Admission test scores
    6. Secondary Application has been been submitted to applicable schools

    Important: Applications are transmitted to schools even if TMDSAS has not received all supporting documents. Schools are updated on a daily basis with supporting documents.