Applicants Who Graduated in Dentistry

In Canada, dental hygiene is considered a separate and distinct health profession from dentistry. Work experience is not considered a substitute for training in an educational supervised setting. Therefore, unless an applicant has successfully completed a program of study in dental hygiene in addition to her/his degree in dentistry, it is unlikely that the applicant’s course of study would be considered equivalent to a recognized accredited dental hygiene program. Please contact the provincial/territorial regulator for the availability of an equivalency assessment process for foreign-trained dentists.

For applicants who graduated in dentistry and who are interested in dental hygiene as an alternative, the FDHRC recommends they contact Canadian educational institutions offering accredited/approved programs in dental hygiene. To access information on pursuing courses of study in dental hygiene in Canada, please visit the CDAC website or use the following link: Dental Hygiene Programs.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC), established in 1988 by the Canadian Dental Association, is an autonomous body responsible for accrediting dental, dental hygiene and dental assisting education programs in Canada. (See About CDAC).

For graduates of dental hygiene programs in the USA, 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.