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Eligibility

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All applicants wishing to undertake the Examination must fulfill one of the following criteria:

Pathway I. having completed or being, at the time of taking the Examination, in the final year of a dental specialty training program which, during the course of the candidate's enrollment, was accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement;*

Pathway II. having completed or being, at the time of taking the examination, enrolled in a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) for internationally-trained dental specialists which, during the course of the candidate’s enrollment, was a part of a specialty training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement, and having approval from the Program Director or the Dean, in the form of a letter, stating that the applicant is prepared academically to sit the Examination.

A candidate’s eligibility to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE), following the approval of his or her application, is considered valid for one session and only for the year in which it is granted.

*In consideration of the reciprocal accreditation agreement that is in place, CDAC recognizes the accreditation of dental specialty training programs granted by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CoDA). Since CoDA does not recognize Oral Medicine as a dental specialty, there are no Oral Medicine programs in the United States that CDAC would consider accredited.

Eligibility of Internationally-Trained Dental Specialists

Internationally-trained dental specialists interested in submitting an application to challenge the NDSE may do so via Pathway II. For more information on the eligibility of internationally-trained dental specialists, please click here.

Eligibility of Returning Applicants

Candidates who are unsuccessful in the NDSE are eligible to re-sit the Examination provided that the application meets all of the requirements.

Previously-completed dental specialty examinations will not result in an exemption from any section of the NDSE.