School of Dentistry

Dental Specialties Assessment and Training Program for Orthodontics

The Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) for Orthodontics is a special 12-month university-based Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Orthodontic assessment program which determines whether candidates have the knowledge, skill and judgment equivalent to the standards set to graduate a student from a Canadian accredited orthodontic specialty program.

Graduates of non-accredited orthodontic 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) may apply.

The University of Alberta, School of Dentistry, CDE program may offer the DSATP - Orthodontics program for assessment and training for one eligible candidate per year.

This program will no longer be offered beginning 2019.
  • Application Process
    November 30, 2018: APPLICATION DEADLINE

    Along with your completed Application Form, the following documentation is required
    • a notarized copy of all university transcripts and a notarized copy of all degree certificates. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
    • DSCKE results not older than two years prior to the application deadline
    • a photocopy of proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence Card
    • three letters of recommendation in English - Reference Letter Form provided
    • an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Curriculum Vitae Form provided
    • For those applicants submitting documents in a name other than that shown on the application, please submit an official proof of name change. A notarized copy of one of the following is acceptable: marriage certificate or Change-of-Name Order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    • non-refundable application fee of $250 CAD
    • consent for collection and verification of information - References Consent Form provided
    Documents will not be returned to applicants, therefore, please do not send originals.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to complete the application form accurately and to provide all information on time.

    Cheques should be made payable to University of Alberta. 
  • Completion of Program
    Upon successful completion of the DSATP, the student should be eligible to apply to write the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

    Licensure/registration questions should be directed to the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADAC). For other provinces, the candidate should approach the provincial dental licensing bodies. Further training may be required to earn the right of certification as a specialist.
  • Program Fee
    Admission Deposit

    A $20,000 CAD non-refundable deposit will be required from the applicant granted admission. The balance of the program fees is payable before July 31. The program start date will be April 18, 2016.

    The total cost of the 12-month program is $60,000 CAD. This includes the admission deposit. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Alberta.

  • Requirements


    Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada on or before the deadline date for applications.

    Academic Requirements

    In order to be eligible to apply to the DSATP, applicants must be graduates of a specialty Orthodontic dental program not recognized by CDAC. A notarized copy of all university transcripts, and all degree certificates must be submitted with the application. Non-English documents must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

    Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE)

    Applicants are required to take the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination administered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) before the application deadline, and to arrange for their results to be forwarded to the University of Alberta, School of Dentistry. Tests taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered. Learn more on the NDEB website.

    English Requirements

    Proof of proficiency in the English language is required if English is not your native language. English proficiency examinations taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered. For proof of English language proficiency, the applicant must take one of the following tests and receive a satisfactory score of:
    • TOEFL paper-based score of 570
    • TOEFL computer-based score equivalent of 230
    • TOEFL internet-based score equivalent of 95 (with at least 20 per section)
    • CAEL minimum score of 70 with at least 70 on each subtest
    • IELTS (Academic test) score of 7.5 with at least 6 on each band
    Certain English Language Proficiency exemptions are made for applicants with international qualifications.
  • Selection of Applicants
    Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview scheduled for Monday, January 15, 2018. More than one applicant may be interviewed. Only selected applicants will be contacted. The decision of the Division of Orthodontics concerning admission into the Dental Specialty Training and Assessment Program (DSATP) for Orthodontics is final. No appeal mechanism exists.

    An offer to join the program may be extended to one candidate, and will be conditional to medical and immunization requirements. These requirements are only needed for the candidate that gets an admission offer.