Internationally-Trained Dental Specialists

Internationally-trained dental specialists are individuals registered in or who have completed a dental specialty training program that was not accredited.

Dental specialty education programs in Canada are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Thanks to a reciprocal accreditation agreement between CDAC and the American Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CoDA), CoDA accreditation of dental specialty programs in the United States is also recognized in Canada.

Final-year residents and graduates of non-accredited dental specialty training programs are not eligible to apply to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) through Pathway I. Instead, interested parties may submit an application to challenge the NDSE through Pathway II. Please consult the Eligibility section to review the specifics of each pathway of eligibility.

Submitting an Application Through Pathway II

Eligibility to challenge the NDSE through Pathway II is premised on enrollment in or completion of the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP).

The DSATP is a gap training program for internationally-trained dental specialists with an initial three-month assessment, and a total duration ranging between three to twelve months. The program is intended to redress any gaps in the clinical knowledge, skills and judgment of internationally-trained dental specialists or graduates of non-accredited dental specialty programs.

In order to apply for admission into a DSATP, interested parties must first complete the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE), administered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). For specific information regarding admission to challenge the DSCKE, please contact the NDEB directly.

Upon completion of the DSCKE, interested parties may apply for admission into the DSATP offered at one of the Canadian dental faculties already offering a graduate dental training program in the applicant’s specialty of choice. Interested applicants should contact Canadian dental faculties directly to ensure that they meet all of the admissions requirements for entry into the program.

Once enrolled in the DSATP, prospective applicants may begin the application process to challenge the NDSE.