DDS Qualifying Program requirements


To be eligible for admission into the 2-year DDS Qualifying Program:

  • You must have successfully completed a dentistry degree program and provide copies of your transcripts and your dentistry degree
  • If your first language is not English (or you have not completed post-secondary education in the English language), you must demonstrate English language proficiency by completing standardized assessment, meeting Dalhousie standards. Results of English language proficiency testing must be submitted to the Faculty of Dentistry by the testing agency on your behalf. See the International Students admissions website for more details.
  • You must complete the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge examination. Results are forwarded to the Faculty of Dentistry by NDEB. For information and application procedures for this examination, please contact the Canadian National Dental Examining Board.
  • You must submit a resume to the Admissions Office, Faculty of Dentistry, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, N.S., B3H 4R2, by May 1 of the year prior to entry.
  • If you are re-applying, you must submit a new application form and fee every year. Supporting documentation is held in the Admission Office at the Faculty of Dentistry for one year. Therefore if you are re-applying for the next year, you only need to submit a new application form, fee, and any updated documentation.

Assessment process

The Assessment process includes two phases:

Phase One consists of an evaluation of your documentation and results in the selection of a short list (approximately 40 to 60 applicants in past years) for further evaluations.

Phase Two consists of one-day assessment at the Faculty of Dentistry, during which a personal interview and written essay will be evaluated for competency in spoken and written English. A pre-clinical assessment will evaluate basic dental skills.

If selected for Phase Two, you will be required to provide your original dental degree/certificate and university transcripts, as well as proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status on the day of the assessment.

The earliest date by which applicants are notified of selection decisions is August 1 and the latest date of notification is November 1.

A waiting list of qualified candidates is established for each entering class and applicants may be selected from the waiting list up to the end of the first week of classes (April).

Applicants who failed to gain admission in earlier years, or who were placed on waiting lists in an earlier year, are not given preference for admission.