DSATP in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The Dental Specialty Assessment and Training (DSATP) courses are intended for graduates of non-accredited dental specialty programs and provides the necessary assessment and training to permit successful graduates the eligibility to write the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
The DSATP includes two courses:
- Dent 5900 – Dental Specialty Assessment
- Dent 5901 – Dental Specialty Training
Dent 5900 will begin in early January or early September and continue for a maximum of three months. Following successful completion of Dent 5900, candidates will register for Dent 5901.
Dent 5901 will begin immediately upon completion of Dent 5900 and end no more than 12 months from the start date of Dent 5900. The length of the program will be individualized to each candidate and be decided by the Course Director in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Transfer within Canada
Requests for transfer from other Dental Specialty Assessment and Training programs will not be accepted.
In order to be eligible to apply to the DSATP, applicants must be graduates of a specialty dental program not recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
A notarized copy of the dental diploma, a notarized copy of the dental school marks, a notarized copy of the specialty diploma or degree and a notarized copy of dental specialty marks must be submitted with the application. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
Applicants must also have completed the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination.
Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination
Applicants are required to take the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination administered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) prior to the December 1 application deadline. Results must be forwarded directly to the Admissions Office.
Tests taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered.
An NDEB Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination information and registration package may be obtained from:
Citizenship and residence
Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada on or before the deadline date for applications (December 1).
A notarized/certified photocopy of proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status must be submitted with your application.
English facility requirements
All applicants must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.
Applicants are not required to give proof of English language proficiency if:
- The applicant studied at an English language institution for at least 3 years at the secondary level; or
- The applicant studied at an English language institution for at least one year at the post-secondary level.
|Test||Minimum Score - Admission|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
||580 (PB); 92 (iBT)
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)||7|
|Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)||85|
|Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL)||70|
|Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)||4.5|
|*Students must achieve 4.0 or better on the essay or TOEFL Writing Test|
Applicants should arrange for their English language proficiency test score(s) to be sent directly from the testing agency to: Dalhousie University TOEFL Code: 0915 Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences 5981 University Avenue, Room 5132 PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2 Canada Proof of English facility must be submitted by the application deadline (December 1). Tests taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered.
- December 1
Please note: Documents will not be returned to applicants. Therefore, do not send originals.
The following documents must be sent to the Office of the Registrar:
- Completed application form [PDF - 631kB]
- Non-refundable application service fee of $70 CND (payable to Dalhousie University)
Office of the Registrar
Room 130, 6299 South Street
Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
The following supporting documents are to be sent directly to the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences by December 1:
- A notarized/certified photocopy of proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident status.
- Two Notarized copies of your dental school marks accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- Two Notarized copies of your dental school diploma accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- Two Notarized copies of your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty marks accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- Two Notarized copies of your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty diploma accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- Two official copies, in sealed envelopes, of all transcripts from each university or college attended.
- NDEB Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination results (photocopy only).
Detailed Curriculum Vitae/Resume including information regarding academic background and work/volunteer experience.
- One page statement of interest, including current activities and when you last practiced your specialty.
- A minimum of two confidential reference letters, supplied in a sealed envelope with the referee's signature across the seal. One of the two references must be from the director of the applicant's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program.
- Notarized proof of name change, if applicable.
- Proof of English facility, if applicable.
Faculty of Dentistry
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences
5981 University Avenue, Room 5132
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Selection of applicants
Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline.
Applicants who are considered to have potential based on their application documents will be invited to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for an interview. This multi-day visit will provide the candidate with an opportunity to meet the faculty, visit the facilities and familiarize themselves with the city.
Only one applicant per year will be accepted into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dental Specialty Assessment & Training Program.
The selected applicant will be notified by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Science, Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University. The decision concerning admission is final. No appeal mechanism exists.
License and malpractice insurance
Prior to the program start date, the accepted candidate is required to obtain a student license from the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia and a student membership from the Nova Scotia Dental Association.
The accepted candidate is also required to obtain CDSPI malpractice insurance prior to the program start date.
Vaccination Immunization Policy
The accepted candidate is required to show proof of Immunization for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis B (must include immune status from blood test). Immunization against influenza is recommended.
A 2-step TB Skin Test must be completed prior to starting the program. If the 2-step TB test is more than 2 years old a 1-step TB test must be completed.
An immunization status form will be sent to the accepted candidate for completion. If this form is fully completed by a physician or public health facility, documentation/titres are not required. If the accepted candidate completes the form, it must be accompanied by documentation/titres of the immunizations.
ACLS and ATLS
The accepted candidate is required to complete an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course prior to commencing the program. Courses taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered.
The accepted candidate should complete an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course before the completion of the program.