Can a graduate from a two year advanced standing program (DDS) from Canada practice in the USA???

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I am an Indian dentist with an MDS degree in periodontics from a reputed government college. Can I practice in the united states if I complete a 2-2.5 year degree completion/ advanced standing program from Canada??
Or should I try and apply for GPR/ AEGD in states? also, what are my chances of getting accepted in a GPR/AEGD program, considering that I am a foreign-trained dentist without US or Canada citizenship/permanent residency...
 

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Hi mahee93, I will try to share what I know based on my understanding of your questions. I don't know your immigration status but if you cannot work in USA or Canada, what is the point of getting the license?
Generally speaking, an accredited dental degrees from Canada are accepted in the USA and vice versa. But, you need to check with the state(s) where you want to practice and understand their requirements and this is very important. "Some" states don't require GPR/AGED, they will accept examinations such as WREB instead.
If you want to practice in Canada, the process is simpler for you. You can go through the equivalency process NDEB for a dental specialist since you hold a master's degree already.
Hope this helps!
 
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Hi mahee93, I will try to share what I know based on my understanding of your questions. I don't know your immigration status but if you cannot work in USA or Canada, what is the point of getting the license?
Generally speaking, an accredited dental degrees from Canada are accepted in the USA and vice versa. But, you need to check with the state(s) where you want to practice and understand their requirements and this is very important. "Some" states don't require GPR/AGED, they will accept examinations such as WREB instead.
If you want to practice in Canada, the process is simpler for you. You can go through the equivalency process NDEB for a dental specialist since you hold a master's degree already.
Hope this helps!
thank you so much for your prompt reply.....
I am planning to apply for a Canadian PR.... you are right that I don't have a USA work visa so I cannot practice there.
I have also researched regarding DSCKE (dental specialty assessment and core knowledge examination) for a specialist license.....after DSCKE, I will have to do a 1-year course known as DSATP.
But after that, I can only practice as a periodontist. am I correct?
 
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I am an Indian dentist with an MDS degree in periodontics from a reputed government college. Can I practice in the united states if I complete a 2-2.5 year degree completion/ advanced standing program from Canada??
Or should I try and apply for GPR/ AEGD in states? also, what are my chances of getting accepted in a GPR/AEGD program, considering that I am a foreign-trained dentist without US or Canada citizenship/permanent residency...

Hi,

The following excerpt is from page 26 of UNITED STATES LICENSURE FOR INTERNATIONAL DENTISTS bulletin (Jan 2006 edition) published by ADA:

CANADIAN QUALIFYING AND ADVANCED STANDING PROGRAMS: The Qualifying Program is a special university program held over two academic years for graduates of non-accredited dental programs leading to a Certificate of Qualification in Dentistry. Its purpose is to prepare students to take the examinations of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). Admission requirements include graduation from a non-accredited university dental program of a minimum of four years, Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada on or before the application deadline, completion of the Eligibility Examination (EE) administered by the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD) and demonstrated competency in English. Upon successful completion of an CDAC accredited Qualifying Program and the NDEB examinations, the candidate will be eligible for licensure/registration in all provinces of Canada. NOTE: Currently, the Qualifying Programs are not recognized in United States licensing jurisdictions as meeting the educational qualification for licensure.

Three Canadian dental schools offer Qualifying Programs to graduates of non-accredited dental schools.

Dalhousie University University of Toronto University of Western Ontario Faculty of Dentistry Faculty of Dentistry Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 5981 University Avenue 124 Edward Street 1151 Richmond Street, Room 1003 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H-3J5 Toronto, Ontario M5G-1G6 Dental Sciences Building London, Ontario N6A 5C1

Graduates of non-accredited dental programs may also apply for advanced standing within an accredited D.D.S. or D.M.D. program in Canada. Graduates receive a D.M.D or D.D.S. degree upon completion of these programs, and upon successful completion of the appropriate licensing examinations, are eligible for licensure/registration in the U.S. and Canada. Three Canadian dental schools offer advanced standing to graduates of non-accredited dental schools.

University of British Columbia University of Alberta University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry Fac. of Med. and Oral Health Sciences Faculty of Dentistry 350-2194 Health Sciences Mall Room 3036 Dent/Pharma Bldg 780 Bannatyne Ave. Rm D113 Vancouver, BC V6T-1Z3 Edmonton, Alberta T6G-2N8 Winnepeg, Manitoba R3E-0W2


The text formatting is off where the names of Canadian programs and their addresses are written.

The ADA used to distinguish between Qualifying programs and Advanced standing programs in Canada back then and only graduates of programs at UBC, U of Manitoba, and U of Alberta were eligible for licensure in the US. But things have changed, for example, UBC does not accept applications from International Dentists for its program until further notice.

Anyway, I'd contact the ADA and/or Canadian programs and/or purchase the latest ADA bulletin since it is not available for free.

Hope it helps.
 
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Hi,

The following excerpt is from page 26 of UNITED STATES LICENSURE FOR INTERNATIONAL DENTISTS bulletin (Jan 2006 edition) published by ADA:

CANADIAN QUALIFYING AND ADVANCED STANDING PROGRAMS: The Qualifying Program is a special university program held over two academic years for graduates of non-accredited dental programs leading to a Certificate of Qualification in Dentistry. Its purpose is to prepare students to take the examinations of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). Admission requirements include graduation from a non-accredited university dental program of a minimum of four years, Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada on or before the application deadline, completion of the Eligibility Examination (EE) administered by the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD) and demonstrated competency in English. Upon successful completion of an CDAC accredited Qualifying Program and the NDEB examinations, the candidate will be eligible for licensure/registration in all provinces of Canada. NOTE: Currently, the Qualifying Programs are not recognized in United States licensing jurisdictions as meeting the educational qualification for licensure.

Three Canadian dental schools offer Qualifying Programs to graduates of non-accredited dental schools.

Dalhousie University University of Toronto University of Western Ontario Faculty of Dentistry Faculty of Dentistry Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 5981 University Avenue 124 Edward Street 1151 Richmond Street, Room 1003 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H-3J5 Toronto, Ontario M5G-1G6 Dental Sciences Building London, Ontario N6A 5C1

Graduates of non-accredited dental programs may also apply for advanced standing within an accredited D.D.S. or D.M.D. program in Canada. Graduates receive a D.M.D or D.D.S. degree upon completion of these programs, and upon successful completion of the appropriate licensing examinations, are eligible for licensure/registration in the U.S. and Canada. Three Canadian dental schools offer advanced standing to graduates of non-accredited dental schools.

University of British Columbia University of Alberta University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry Fac. of Med. and Oral Health Sciences Faculty of Dentistry 350-2194 Health Sciences Mall Room 3036 Dent/Pharma Bldg 780 Bannatyne Ave. Rm D113 Vancouver, BC V6T-1Z3 Edmonton, Alberta T6G-2N8 Winnepeg, Manitoba R3E-0W2


The text formatting is off where the names of Canadian programs and their addresses are written.

The ADA used to distinguish between Qualifying programs and Advanced standing programs in Canada back then and only graduates of programs at UBC, U of Manitoba, and U of Alberta were eligible for licensure in the US. But things have changed, for example, UBC does not accept applications from International Dentists for its program until further notice.

Anyway, I'd contact the ADA and/or Canadian programs and/or purchase the latest ADA bulletin since it is not available for free.

Hope it helps.
thank you... I will do that....
I am in a major dilemma, whether I should do an advanced standing program(from Canada) or complete ndbe equivalency....
 

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thank you so much for your prompt reply.....
I am planning to apply for a Canadian PR.... you are right that I don't have a USA work visa so I cannot practice there.
I have also researched regarding DSCKE (dental specialty assessment and core knowledge examination) for a specialist license.....after DSCKE, I will have to do a 1-year course known as DSATP.
But after that, I can only practice as a periodontist. am I correct?
I assume so. Please double check with NDEB. Good luck!
 

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Being eligible for licensing and being able to practice in any of those countries are two different things
You need to find the conditions of you being sponsored for a work visa by your prospective employer
For example, at the far north of Canada there is a shortage of dentists and you may be sponsored. Find out at Canadian consulate
The same is for USA - they might sponsor you, but you will have to work in an area where they want more dentists
 
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