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Post-secondary education is currently not available in Newfoundland and Labrador. The closest training institution is Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry (Halifax, Nova Scotia). The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is a four-year program and admission requires two years of science-related university studies and completion of the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT). Preference is given to residents of Atlantic Canada.
The DAT, administered by the Canadian Dental Association, is held twice a year and should ideally be taken at least a year before the candidate anticipates entering dental school. The DAT score is an important factor in being admitted to most dental schools and only the Canadian DAT is accepted at Canadian dental schools.
A new Dental Bursary Program, announced in December 2007, will support an increase in the number of Dentists practising throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly in rural areas.