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Becoming a Dentist in Ontario - ON

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario is the regulatory body to contact if you wish to know how to become a dentist in Ontario. This agency is responsible for all of the dental licensing in the province. Ontario lists different categories of dentists and has varying requirements for each. These include general practitioners, academic appointment at a professional level, specialty dentists, education (including hospital interns and residents), graduate and post-graduate students, academic visitors (short-term instructors), post-specialty training, and short duration dentists.


The general dentistry licensing requirements in Ontario include:

  1. Completion of at least four years of dentistry training at a recognized university-based dental school.
  2. A certificate by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada certifying that you have passed their examination.
  3. Fluency in English or French.
  4. Passing the examination of ethics and jurisprudence given by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
  5. Being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  6. Certificates from any post-graduate specialty program dentistry training you may have.
  7. A completed application form.
  8. Application fee of $250, registration fee of $100, and annual membership fee of $1760.

Only after all application and supporting materials are received by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario will you be contacted regarding the status of your application. Once your application has been approved, you will be directly contacted by them via phone or email. Then you will be licensed to officially begin your dental career in Ontario.


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