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Graduate of Domestic Non-Accredited or International Dental Assisting Program

FAQ

1. I am a dental assistant with experience in my home country. Can I practise dentistry in Manitoba?
You must complete the Registration and Licensing process outlined on this website to be eligible to practise dental assisting in Manitoba.

2. How do I determine if I am a graduate of an accredited dental assisting program?
Only some dental assisting programs in Canada and USA are considered accredited. To confirm your status, visit the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) for a list of accredited programs in Canada. Visit the American Dental Association (CODA) for a list of accredited programs in USA. All graduates of domestic non-accredited programs and all graduates of international programs—even graduates of accredited USA dental assisting programs—must complete the registration and licensing process outlined in Graduates of Domestic Non-Accredited and International Dental Assisting Programs.

3. I am a graduate of a domestic non-accredited dental assisting program. What steps must I take to become registered and licensed with the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)?
You must complete these steps in the registration and licensing process:

  • STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam
  • STEP 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation
  • STEP 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications

You are NOT required to complete STEP 1: Credential Assessment.

4. I am a graduate of a non-accredited USA dental assisting program. What steps must I take to become registered and licensed with the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)?
You must complete all steps in the registration and licensing process:

  • STEP 1: Credential Assessment
  • STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam
  • STEP 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation
  • STEP 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications

5. I am a graduate of an accredited USA dental assisting program. What steps must I take to become registered and licensed with the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)?
You must complete these steps in the registration and licensing process:

  • STEP 1: Credential Assessment
  • STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam
  • STEP 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications

You are NOT required to complete STEP 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation

6. I am a graduate of a dental assisting program outside of Canada and USA. What steps must I take to become registered and licensed with the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)?
You must complete all steps in the registration and licensing process:

  • STEP 1: Credential Assessment
  • STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam
  • STEP 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation
  • STEP 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications

7. I have completed intra-oral upgrading at a Canadian or USA dental assisting program that is accredited by CDAC or CODA. What steps must I take to become registered and licensed with the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)?

You must complete these steps in the registration and licensing process:

  • STEP 1: Credential Assessment
  • STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam
  • STEP 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications

8. How long does it take to complete the registration and licensing process, and how much does it cost?
The registration and licensing process can take up to one year to complete if you achieve passing scores on the exams. Estimated costs are $1890 (2013). If you require an exam rewrite or educational upgrading, cost and timeline will increase. See Process Overview for details.

9. How do I know if I need educational upgrading?
You will complete a credential assessment for STEP 1 of the registration and licensing process. If your credential assessment determines that your dental assisting education does NOT meet the standard required for STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam, you will require an educational upgrading program in Canada or USA. The Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) requires you to attend a dental assisting program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of America (CODA).

  • Visit the CDAC website to search for accredited programs in Canada
  • Visit the American Dental Association website to search for accredited programs in USA