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Graduate of Accredited Dental Specialty Program

To legally practice as a dental specialist in Manitoba, you must be registered and licensed by the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA). To do this, you must complete a registration and licensing process that involves these authorities:

To legally practice in Manitoba as a dental specialist you must:

  • Graduate from an accredited dental specialty program
  • Have passed either an RCDC Fellowship Exam or the NDEB National Dental Specialty Exam
  • Complete a registration and licensing process to register with the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)

If you are educated in Canada or USA, you are likely a graduate of an accredited dental specialty program.

Visit  Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) to Search for Accredited Programs.

Visit the American Dental Association for a list of dental specialty programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of America (CODA). Canada recognizes these programs as accredited.

If your dental specialty program is not accredited, visit Dental Specialist: Graduate of Non-Accredited Dental Specialty Program.

 

Step 1: DSATP (Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program)

You must receive a certificate of completion from a DSATP to become eligible for STEP 3: NDSE (National Dental Specialty Examination).  

The DSAP is a university gap training program that is offered at two Canadian institutions - The University of Alberta and The University of Toronto. Visit the above websites for program details, including:

  • Academic requirements
  • Application process
  • Deadlines
  • Forms
  • Program duration
  • Program fees

University of Alberta  Visit Site

Offers a DSATP in Orthodontics

University of Toronto  Visit Site

Offers DSATPs in:

  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology 
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

 

Step 2: NDSE (National Dental Specialty Examination)

Once you have a certificate of completion from a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP), you are eligible to write the NDSE.

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) administers the NDSE in these dental specialties:

  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral Medicine and/or Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

Visit the RCDC website for details on each dental specialty, including:

  • Exam dates and deadlines
  • Exam components
  • Fees
  • Study Guide
  • Application requirements
  • Application form

You must have a passing score on the NDSE before you can complete STEP 3: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications.

 

Step 3: MDA Registration

Relevant Forms and Documents

  1. Checklist for Registration in the Specialist Category
  2. Instructional Guide for Completing Dentist Registration Application Form
  3. Dentist Initial Registration Application Form
  4. Certificate of Standing for other Health Professions and Jurisdictions
  5. Consent to Release Regulatory Information Form
  6. Consent to Release Third Party Assessment Information Form (NDEB)
  7. Consent to Release Third Party Assessment Information Form (RCDC)
  8. Consent to Release Health Information Form
  9. Declaration of Commitment to Ethical Practice and the Public Interest
  10. Language and Email Form
  11. MB Health Dentist Registration Form (do not fill in highlighted areas)