Canadian and Australian Dental reciprocal agreement

14 March 2014

If you’ve been considering studying dentistry, you know that there are 10 Canadian dental schools. But what if you’d like to study internationally? If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian Dental School, is it valid in Canada?

Australian Dental Schools in Australia
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Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates.
This means that Canadians who have graduated from an accredited Australian dentistry program would only be required to write the same National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) as someone who graduated from a Canadian dentistry program before he or she would be licensed to practice. This applies equally to accredited Australian dentistry programs—whether they are undergraduate-entry, such as the Bachelor of Dental Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Science degrees, or whether they are graduate-entry, such as the  Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees.
The Written Examination consists of two 2.5-hour examination papers. Each examination paper contains 150 multiple-choice type items. The examination tests foundation science knowledge and applied clinical science knowledge and judgment.
For the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), clinical judgment and problem solving skills are tested in a case-based examination. Patient data is presented in timed stations with extended match type questions. Candidates may also be required to review patient information and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada.
For detailed information, be sure to visit NDEB website:

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at any time to assist you with your dental school application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dentistry school in Australia. Email Adam at or call 1-866-698-7355.