The Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) is a special university program with an initial assessment for a duration of a maximum of three months to a maximum of 12 months of training in total. The length of the program will be decided by the program specialty and the needs of the candidate. This program is intended for graduates of non-accredited dental specialty programs, i.e. educational programs that have not been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
The program is designed to clinically assess applicants to determine whether they have the knowledge, skill and judgement equivalent to the standards set to graduate a student from a CDAC or CODA accredited dental specialty program. Upon successful completion of the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program, the student would be eligible to apply to write the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Upon successful completion of this examination, the candidate would be eligible for licensure by one of the Dental Regulatory Authorities.
Programs Offering Training
The Faculty of Dentistry offers the following programs for DSATP assessment and training but it is important to note that spaces are limited by physical facilities and may not be available every year:
Dental Public Health
Oral Pathology & Oral Medicine
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
To be eligible for admission into the Dental Specialty Assessment & Training program applicants must:
- Be graduates of a dental specialty program not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).
- Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency status in Canada by the March 31st application deadline. International Students are not eligible to apply to this program.
- As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 2 years at the time of the submission of their application. Acceptable proof of English facility must be submitted by the application deadline (July 2). Official test scores must be sent by the testing agency directly to the University of Toronto. Our institution code is 0982. The following tests are recognized:
(a) Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL): The minimum requirement is TOEFL PBT - total score 600 + 5.0 on TWE and for TOEFL IBT - total score 100 + 22 on Writing.
(b) Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part below 80.
(c) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.
(d) The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): The minimum requirement is an overall score of 86, with 32 in Writing and 22 in each of the Reading and Listening sections.
(e) Academic Preparation ESL, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto: The minimum requirement is a grade of 'B' at the 60/Advanced level.
- Write the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE) administered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) prior to the application deadline, and to arrange for their results to be forwarded to the Admissions Office. The DSCKE exam must have been taken within the last two years at the time of the submission of your application. To register for the DSCKE exam contact:
The National Dental Examining Board of Canada
80 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
Telephone: (613) 236-5912
Web site: https://ndeb-bned.ca/en/non-accredited-specialty
How to Apply
To apply to the Dental Specialty Assessment & Training program you must complete the paper application form obtained from the Faculty of Dentistry website. In addition to the application form the following documents must be received by the Admissions office by the March 31st deadline:
- Non-refundable application service fee of $275.00 CAD payable to the University of Toronto. Payment must be made by certified check or money order. We do not accept personal checks or cash.
- Proof of citizenship (if applicable), i.e. Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status (photocopy only). This document can be mailed directly, faxed to: (416) 979-2944 or sent via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Proof of English facility (if applicable) sent directly by the testing agency to the University of Toronto.
- Notarized copy of your dental school grades accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- Notarized copy of your dental school diploma accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- Notarized copy of your dental specialty grades accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- Notarized copy of your dental specialty diploma or degree accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable.
- A photocopy of your NDEB Dental Specialty Core Knowledge results.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- One page statement of interest, including current activities and when you last practiced your specialty.
- Letters of recommendation. A minimum of two are required.
- Applicants who are submitting documents in a name other than that shown on the application must submit proof of name change with the application. A notarized copy of one of the following is acceptable: Marriage Certificate or Change-of-Name Order issued by an Ontario Court Judge or by another court of competent jurisdiction.
Admission documents need to be mailed to the following address:
Faculty of Dentistry
124 Edward Street, Room 104
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6
Selection of Applicants
Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline. Applicants who are considered may be contacted for an interview. The decision of the Faculty of Dentistry concerning admission into the Dental Specialty Training and Assessment Program is final. No appeal mechanism exists.
A CAD $2,000 non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of acceptance. This amount will be applied to the fees providing he/she registers.