Becoming a licensed dentist in Canada – Dental Programs for Foreign Trained Dentist

Becoming a licensed dentist in Canada – Dental Programs for Foreign Trained Dentist

Are you a foreign-trained dentist with a BDS and want to get a license to practice in Canada?
To become a licensed dentist in Canada you must have a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree and be certified by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB)

There are different pathways to licensure depending on where you obtain your dental degree.

If you are Graduating from an accredited dental program, the steps are:
-NDEB Certification Process
-NDEB Written Examination and OSCE
-NDEB Certification
-Provincial Licensure

If you are Graduating from an non – accredited dental program, as a General Dentistry the steps are:
-NDEB Equivalency Process
-Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK)
-Assessment of Clinical Judgement (ACJ)/Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS)
-Qualifying / Degree Completion program

If you are Graduating from an non – accredited dental program, with a Dental Specialty the steps are:
-NDEB Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE)
-Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP)
-RCDC Examination (NDSE)

What is difference between DDS and BDS?
BDS is a dental degree and stands for Bachelor of Dental Surgery. It is the exact equivalent of DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) in the United States

These programs are specifically designed to orient international graduates to dentistry and dental practice in Canada and should be considered by most applicants as the primary pathway to certification

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