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Why choose Dentistry at Dal?

Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry was founded in 1908 and is home to one of Canada’s largest and most modern community dental clinics. All our programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) and graduates are eligible for license to practice dentistry in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Doctor of Dental Surgery Program

Dentistry deals with the health and care of the mouth, head, and neck. In the 4-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program, you’ll learn techniques in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a full range of dental diseases, including how to screen for oral cancers and perform types of oral surgery.

The DDS program’s electronic curriculum equips you with textbooks, manuals, and patient records on the laptop computer included in your tuition fees. Your courses will include biological, medical, and dental sciences, with a strong emphasis on clinical patient treatment activities even in the 1st year.

Beginning in your 2nd year, you’ll treat dental patients in Dalhousie's Dental Clinic, as well as in local hospitals and Faculty-operated community clinics in Halifax and beyond.

The Qualifying Program

The DDS Qualifying Program is designed for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have graduated from a non-accredited dentistry program in another country. The Qualifying Program can help you gain eligibility for license to practice dentistry in Canada. This 24-month program builds on your existing dentistry knowledge and provides updates and training in North American dentistry. You’ll graduate with a Dalhousie Doctor in Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and be eligible for license to practice dentistry in Canada, the U.S., or Australia.

DSATP in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Dental Specialty Assessment and Training (DSATP) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides the necessary assessment and training to permit, upon successful completion, 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 in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a series of special university courses intended for graduates of non-accredited dental specialty programs.

The DSATP includes two courses:

  • Dent 5900 – Dental Specialty Assessment
  • Dent 5901 – Dental Specialty Training

Dent 5900 will begin in 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.

Elective courses

During your studies in the Faculty of Dentistry, you may complete a variety of electives that will provide additional experience in specific fields, such as implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal surgery, and dental public health.

 

Program details

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Program Options

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) – 4 years
    • Dental Specialty Assessment and Training (DSATP) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – 1 year
  • Qualifying Program for the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) – 24 months

Prerequisites

For the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program, you must have already completed:

  • a minimum of 60 credit hours of undergraduate university studies, preferably in a degree or degree-like program, including full-year (or two one-term) courses in biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, and a writing course
  • at least one term in microbiology, biochemistry, and vertebrate physiology
  • 12 credit hours chosen from social sciences courses

You must also have completed the Canadian Dental Association Dental Aptitude Test.

For the Qualifying Program, you must have already completed:

  • a dentistry degree (most often, from a non-accredited dentistry program outside Canada, the United States, or Australia)
  • the National Dental Examining Board of Canada Fundamental Knowledge assessment
  • an English language proficiency test to demonstrate English language proficiency as designated for Dalhousie

The Dental Specialty Assessment and Training (DSATP) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a series of special university courses. In order to be eligible to apply:

  • applicants must be graduates of a specialty oral and maxillofacial surgery program not recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
  • applicants must also have completed the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination.

Please review our admissions requirements for more information.

Program Dates

DDS program

  • Students in 1st and 2nd year begin courses in late August and continue until late May
  • 3rd-year students begin courses in mid-August and continue until mid-July, with a one-month break before the commencement of 4th year
  • 4th-year students begin courses in mid-August and continue until late April, with convocation in late May

Qualifying Program

  • 1st-year students begin courses on the first Monday in April and continue until mid-July
  • 2nd-year students begin courses in mid-August and continue until late April, with convocation in late May

Class Size

  • Up to 38 students are accepted into the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program each year.
  • Up to 9 students are accepted into the Qualifying Program each year.

Tuition Fees

See the tuition fee schedule for Dentistry (under Professional Students: Medicine and Dentistry) for detailed information.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing

Application Deadline

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program

  • December 1: application form and fee
  • February 1: supporting documents

DDS Qualifying Program

  • April 1: application form and fee
  • May 1: supporting documents