US Dental Hygiene Students and Graduates
Students and Graduates of American Accredited Schools
A reciprocal agreement permits programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association to be recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Graduates of these recognized education programs are eligible to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE). A student in a dental hygiene program that is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA/CODA), may apply to write the NDHCE upon confirmation by the dental hygiene program director or designate, that the student, at the application deadline date, is within four months of completion of the dental hygiene program.
Graduates of an accredited US program/school must i) submit an original or notarized photocopy (witnessed and stamped by a Notary Public) of their diploma/degree/certificate in dental hygiene AND ii) ask their educational institution of graduation to send an official transcript of their grades directly to the FDHRC. Both documents must be submitted before the application deadline and no originals will be returned.
Upon successful completion of the NDHCE, candidates are then eligible to register with the provincial/territorial regulatory authority in the province where they plan to work.
Graduates of Non-Accredited American Schools
Those who have graduated from a non-accredited dental hygiene program in the United States should first contact the regulatory body in the Canadian province where they plan to work to confirm all requirements for licensure. Then, they should apply to the FDHRC for an equivalency assessment.
This may take up to one year to complete, and requires submission of a comprehensive portfolio of documents, some of which may require formal translation and notarization. A graduate of a non-accredited American program who is successful in their application for equivalency is then eligible to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE). Upon successful completion of the NDHCE, the next step is to complete all requirements for licensure/registration as directed by the regulatory college in the province where they intend to practice. Most provincial regulators also require candidates in this category to successfully complete the Canadian Performance Examination in Dental Hygiene (CPEDH).