RCDC - Accredited Programs

Accredited Programs

  • Accredited Programs

    For Dental Specialists

    Dental specialty programs in Canada are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). A complete list of accredited programs is available on CDAC's website.

    Please note that your dental specialty program must have been accredited at the time of your enrollment. If you graduated from your program before it was accredited, you will not qualify to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) through the first pathway. Instead, you may proceed through the second pathway for students and graduates of the Dental Specialty and Assessment Training Program (DSATP) for internationally-trained dental specialists or graduates of non-accredited dental specialty programs. Please consult the eligibility requirements for more information.  

    Due to a reciprocity agreement with the United States, programs accredited by the American Dental Association's (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CoDA) are recognized in Canada. You can apply to sit the NDSE through the first pathway if you have graduated from an accredited American program.  A list of qualifying programs can be found on the ADA’s website. Although CDAC has a reciprocal agreement with the Australian Dental Council, and the Dental Council of New Zealand it only applies to general dentistry programs.

    Individuals attending dental programs in one country and planning to practice in another should carefully investigate the requirements of the licensing jurisdiction where they wish to practice.

    For General Dentists

    The Royal College of Dentists of Canada is a dental examining body for dental specialists only. General dentists should contact the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) for more information.

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