Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to choose Dentistry at Dalhousie:

  1. Included in your tuition fees is a laptop, with all the materials you need for your program, including a library of up to 120 e-texts and pharmaceutical drug databases.
  2. The Faculty’s emphasis on technology means you’ll have hands-on experience with the latest materials, procedures, and applications—including electronic patient records.
  3. Starting in second year, you’ll be assigned your own patients in Dalhousie’s Dental Clinic, getting hands-on practice sooner than in many other dental schools.
  4. Courses on mindfulness techniques help you improve your concentration—as a student and in your future practice.
  5. The Faculty’s long-standing focus on community work means you can participate in dental clinic outreach opportunities—locally, across Canada, and abroad.
  6. The Summer Student Research Program gives you the chance to participate in research projects being conducted by members of the Faculty of Dentistry—while being gainfully employed.
  7. You’ll be part of the Faculty of Dentistry “family” and have many opportunities to participate in social events.

What will I learn?


In Dal's DDS program, you'll learn the skills needed to provide the best oral health services to individuals and communities. Courses combine theory and practice, with an emphasis on in-depth explorations of anatomy, histology, and pharmacology. You’ll also learn prosthodontics, periodontology, and endodontics.

What can I do?

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Once you complete the DDS program, you’ll be eligible to take the licensing exams that will qualify you to practice as a dentist in Canada and the U.S. You could also apply to a specialization program, such as a combined MD/MSc in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, like Karim Al Khatib plans to do.