Health Career Profiles

Dentist

Career Description

A Dentist diagnoses and treats diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and mouth. They also improve a patient’s appearance by using a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, perform surgical procedures such as implants, tissue grafts and extractions and they educate patients on how to better care for their teeth and prevent oral disease.

Academic and Licensing Requirements

A Doctor in Dental Surgery is required. Admission to the four-year university program requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours of university study in a degree or degree-like program including the following required courses:

  • 6 credit hours – Introductory Biology with lab
  • 6 credit hours – Introductory Chemistry with lab
  • 6 credit hours – Introductory Physics with lab
  • 3 credit hours – Introductory to Bio-Chemistry

Upon successful completion of the education requirements, one must successfully challenge the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s examinations to receive certification as a dentist.

To work as a Dentist in Nova Scotia, one must be registered and licensed through the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia.

Where to study in Nova Scotia