DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway
International Dental Graduates
The DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway is intended for graduates of international dental programs that are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Internationally trained dentists that would like to complete their Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree should apply for this program.
Successful candidates will be awarded their D.M.D. degree after completing 2.5 years of the D.M.D. program. Students accepted into the DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway are placed in the second half of the second year of the four-year D.M.D. program.
The number of positions available for the DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway varies every year depending on the space available and the needs of the program. Successful candidates will begin the program in early December. Dentists who have graduated from a non-accredited dental program and who are interested in getting licensed to practise in Canada can complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Equivalency Process. The Equivalency Process comprises three assessments. Successful completion of the assessments allows individuals to apply to take the NDEB written and OSCE examinations. For more information, see the NDEB Equivalency Process.
Graduates of non-accredited dental programs who wish to practice in Quebec should also consult with the Ordre des dentistes du Québec.
To apply to the DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway, you must fulfil the following requirements:
- Be a graduate of a non-accredited dental program.
- Be a recognized resident of Quebec, Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of Canada
- Must have successfully completed the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) between March 1 and August 31, 2023. Please note that results from 2021 and 2022 will also be accepted.
- Have successfully completed the CASPer test by the required deadline. Please refer to mcgill.ca/dentistry/international-degree-completion/requirements for more information.
- Demonstrate proficiency in English if the language of instruction was not English (minimum required scores: TOEFL [iBT] 90; IELTS [academic version] 6.5). Your official results must be sent directly by the Board by the deadline.
All candidates applying to our DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway must complete the Compulsory Immunization Program prior to being permitted to treat patients.
Applications to the DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway must be submitted by September 15. More information on this program is available at mcgill.ca/dentistry/dmd-advanced-standing.
Students Enrolled in a Graduate Program
Students enrolled in the D.M.D. program are not allowed to be registered simultaneously in any other program of study. Thus, students currently enrolled in graduate programs are normally expected to apply only when they are in the final year of that program. To be eligible for admission, graduate students must have submitted their written thesis by November 15 of the year they will enter the D.M.D. program (e.g., November 15, 2022 for entry in Winter 2023). Written confirmation of thesis submission must be provided by the Thesis Office (or equivalent) of the university where the student is registered for graduate studies by November 15 of the year candidates enter the D.M.D. program. Failure to provide this confirmation of thesis submission by the aforementioned deadline will result in the candidate’s offer being withdrawn.
Please be advised that the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences does not accept applications for transfers.