Practicing as a dentist

Overview

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) recognizes Australian Dental Council (ADC) accreditation for all general dentistry degrees, including postgraduate Doctor of Dental Surgery/Medicine (DDS/DMD) and undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Surgery/Science (BDS/BDSc).

This means that Canadian graduates of an Australian dental school can return to practice in Canada via the same process outlined below as graduates of a Canadian dental school, which includes passing the National Dental Examination Board (NDEB) written and clinical exams and registering with your provincial dental regulatory authority.

Steps to Certification

Pathway to Certification
1. Graduate with a general dentistry degree whose accreditation is recognized by the CDAC. All the dentistry degrees featured by OzTREKK are accredited with the CDAC.

2. Complete the NDEB’s certification process:

  • Apply through the NDEB portal
  • Submit proof of graduating with an accredited degree in general dentistry (your original transcript)
  • Register, study for, and pass the NDEB written and clinical exams (taken a maximum of 3 times each)
  • NDEB app fee = $450, written exam = $,1000, OSCE = $1,000 (as of February 2020)

Once you’ve passed the exam and have provided proof of your graduation, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.

3. Register with your provincial dental regulatory authority (below).

Provincial Requirements

While all Canadian provinces require you to have Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada certification in order to become licensed to practice, each province has additional licensing requirements. Check the website for your provincial regulatory body:

College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC)
Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C)
College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS)
Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)
Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO)
Ordre des dentists du Québec (ODQ)
New Brunswick Dental Society (NBDS)
Dental Council of Prince Edward Island (DCPEI)
Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia (PDBNS)
Newfoundland Dental Board (NLDB)
NWT Dept of Health and Social Services: professional_licensing@gov.nt.ca
Yukon Consumer Services: (consumer@gov.yk.ca with CV)

FAQs

You don’t meet Melbourne’s DDS prerequisites

The University of Melbourne’s DDS prerequisites are quite strict and require that you’ve completed approved courses in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry to be eligible to apply.

1. Check Melbourne’s prerequisites
To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s prerequisites page. Select the drop-down menu titled “List of assessed subjects” and click “International” to download the current list of subjects. Please note this list is updated regularly.

2. Have your courses assessed
If you find that the anatomy, physiology and/or biochemistry courses that you have completed are not found on this chart, you will need to have these courses assessed by submitting a Prerequisite Subject Assessment Form, including full course outlines for each course you want assessed. You are encouraged submit this form well in advance of applying so you can plan accordingly.

When assessing for the human anatomy prerequisite, the university will be looking to see that the course(s) being assessed included a lab component with human cadaveric materials. So you’ll want to make sure that your courses included such a component, and that it is referenced in the course outlines you submit for assessment.

3. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Melbourne will allow students to take non-award courses during the application season to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application early in the year with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment into the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite. Usually, Melbourne requires students to complete the course(s) by November.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course by the time offers are issued, then the university will issue a conditional offer. When you have successfully completed the required anatomy/physiology/biochemistry course(s), your final transcript can be submitted, and the conditions will be lifted.

Your DAT is too low or is no longer valid

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements on your DAT, OzTREKK is unable to submit the application to the universities. As soon as the university receives an ineligible DAT, the application is deemed unsuccessful.

1. Resit the DAT
If the DAT sit date is coming up in Canada, you can re-sit the test and hope to receive an eligible score. If you are re-sitting the DAT, make sure that you will receive the official scores before the university application deadline. With the Canadian Dental Association, you can write the DAT twice per year. The American Dental Association allows students to write it more frequently, so we often have students take the test in the United States.

2. Apply to another dentistry program
Consider applying to a dental program that doesn’t require the DAT. For dentistry, this means you can apply to the following undergraduate programs:

If you have specific questions about these degrees, please email dentistry@oztrekk.com and we will be happy to assist.

If you haven’t written the DAT, or your DAT is too low or no longer valid, but you  have a completed degree, you may be eligible to apply to University of Otago. Please note, Otago has strict prerequisites, so we encourage you to check with OzTREKK’s dentistry admissions officer to determine if you’re eligible.

Will the Australian universities cancel the DAT requirement for 2021?

The DAT requirement was not waived by the graduate-entry programs this year. All of the deadlines for the grad-entry programs have now passed for the 2021 intake, so if you are interested in the University of Sydney’s DMD, University of Melbourne’s DDS or University of Western Australia’s DMD, please contact dentistry@oztrekk.com for information on the 2022 intake.

Updated: July 28, 2020

Have the dentistry application timelines changed?

A few of our dental schools have pushed their deadlines back by a month, including the University of Sydney and Griffith University. Overall, timelines for 1–2021 have not been largely impacted by COVID-19 so far. As we get closer to the start of the 2021 intake, our universities will begin to develop a plan for what the school year will look like. We will keep you updated as we receive any news or updates!

Please email dentistry@oztrekk.com if you have any questions.

Updated: July 29, 2020

How many places are there for international dentistry students?

Please note the number of places listed are estimates given to OzTREKK by the universities and are subject to change from year to year.

Charles Sturt University: 10
Griffith University: 25
James Cook University: 15
University of Melbourne: 25–30
University of Queensland: 40
University of Sydney: 45+
University of Western Australia: 6
University of Otago: 10

Do the undergraduate-entry dentistry programs require the DAT?

The undergraduate-entry programs do not require applicants to write the DAT.

Can I do a direct transfer into an Australian dental program?

Unfortunately, the listed dental schools will not accept a direct transfer; however, there is the option to apply for credit for your courses for the undergraduate-entry dental programs. Please note, though, that receiving credit is not always guaranteed.

Can I practice in Canada with an Australian dental degree?

The process to practice dentistry after graduating from an Australian dental school is straightforward. The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada has a mutual recognition with the Australian Dental Council since 2010, meaning that since then they have recognized one another’s accreditation. This means that after graduating from an accredited Australian dental school, Canadians can then take the same National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) written and OSCE examinations that graduates of Canadian dental schools take to become licensed to practice dentistry back in Canada, without having to undertake a bridging program or other additional requirements to become licensed.

Pathway to Certification

  1. Create an online application through NDEB Portal and register for the exam.
  2. Provide original transcript showcasing your graduation date.
  3. Once you’ve passed the exam and have provided proof of your graduation, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  4. You will then follow the steps to receive provincial licensure.