Education & Training


Educational Requirements in Ontario
There are two dental schools in Ontario and a total of 10 dental schools across Canada. The majority of ODA members are graduates of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry, or the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. Admission to Ontario's dental schools requires completion of at least two years of an accredited undergraduate degree program.

However, possessing a dental degree is only the first step to practising dentistry in Ontario. All practitioners must fulfill the requirements of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) before they are licensed to practise in Ontario.

Foreign-trained Dentists
Some ODA members received their dental education in other Canadian provinces, and others at dental schools in the United States and overseas. These programs are usually four years in length, resulting in a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. There is no difference between these two degrees.

To serve the growing number of foreign-trained dentists seeking to practise in Ontario, both dental schools offer a special two-year program that leads to a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).

The foreign-trained dentist program is known as the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP) at the University of Toronto, and the Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITD) at the University of Western Ontario.

Ontario Dental Schools
University of Toronto
Faculty of Dentistry
124 Edward Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6
Tel: 416-979-4900 Fax: 416-979-4936

University of Western Ontario
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
1151 Richmond Street, Dental Sciences Building, Room 1003
London, ON N6A 5C1
Tel: 519-661-3330 Fax: 519-661-3875