RCDC - Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Eligibility

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    Applicants

    Applicants wishing to undertake the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) must fulfill one of the following criteria:

    I. having completed or being, at the time of taking the Examination, in the final year of a dental specialty training program which, during the course of the candidate's enrollment, was accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement; or

    II. having completed or being, at the time of taking the examination, enrolled in a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) for internationally trained dental specialists which, during the course of the candidate’s enrollment in the DSATP, was a part of a specialty training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement, and having approval from the Program Director or the Dean, in the form of a letter, stating that the applicant is prepared academically to sit the examination.

    Returning Applicants

    Candidates who are unsuccessful in either component of the NDSE are eligible to re-sit the Examination provided that they submit a completed application before the  posted deadline.

    If Component II is failed three times, candidates will be required to re-sit Component I before re-taking Component II again.

    If five or more oral examination sessions have passed following the successful completion of Component I, a candidate’s knowledge shall not be considered current. The candidate will therefore be required to successfully re-challenge Component I before being eligible to challenge Component II again.

    In such a case, the candidate must complete an application to challenge both components prior to the application deadline. An application is considered to be complete when the Admissions Department has received:

    • The online application;
    • Payment for all prescribed fees; and,
    • The supporting documentation that would satisfy the eligibility requirements at the time of application to re-challenge the Examination.

    A candidate’s eligibility, following the approval of his/her application, is considered valid for one examination cycle and only for the year in which it is granted.

    Previously-completed specialty examinations will not result in an exemption from any component of the NDSE.

    Oral Medicine Eligibility

    The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CoDA) does not recognize Oral Medicine as a dental specialty in the United States. Therefore, there are no Oral Medicine programs in the United States that would be recognized as accredited dental specialty training programs under the reciprocal agreement between CDAC and CoDA.

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